Old Bay Seasoning is a seasoning mix I have always used sparingly, a pinch in tuna salad, a dash on fish fillets, that’s about it. When I recently discovered my tin can of Old Bay Seasoning seemed to be well past it’s prime. I thought mixing up a fresh batch of a homemade version would be a good idea.
Right off the bat I ran into a spice I didn’t have. Ground bay leaf is not something I generally have in my pantry. I decided to improvise by grinding my own in my spice grinder, but only after Googling at great lengths to see if it even safe to eat bay leaves. It seemed I vaguely recalled one of my parents telling me not to at one point. Turns out I was right it is really not recommended. “Bay leaves may be eaten without toxic effect. However, they remain very stiff even after thorough cooking, and if swallowed whole or in large pieces, they may pose a risk of scratching the digestive tract or even causing choking”. If you do grind your own too, make sure to grind it down to a very fine powder, or easier still you can just order some from The Spice House.
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground celery seed
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon dry mustrd
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground bay leaf
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cardemom
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly. Store in an airtight container and store in a cool place. Use with seafood or chicken.
I am very happy with this Homemade Old Bay Seasoning, it is very similar Old Bay, but it definitely has its own personality. I am not sure if it is because my tin of Old Bay was well past its use by date, but this mix has much more flavor!