The dried seasonings in your spice rack are usually good for about a year before they start to lose their potency. I know that I sometimes use dried spices past the one-year mark because they are ones  I use so infrequently that the bottles are still pretty full after a year.

One of the ways to use up your spices before they start to lose flavor is to create your own spice mixes. Why go out and buy a jar of poultry seasoning to season your Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing when you probably already have the spices necessary to create your own? You’ll save a little money and use up what you have.

Here’s a recipe for poultry seasonings that will be enough to season your turkey this year. If you need more, you can double or triple this recipe with ease.

Poultry Seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons ground sage
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground marjoram
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground rosemary
  • 3/4 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoons finely ground black pepper
  1. Place all spices in a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend together for just a few seconds to mix them together really well, but not enough to pulverize them.
  3. Store in a clean, dry, airtight container and use as needed.

Twenty-three users on rated this blend 5 stars out of 5 and used it for dishes like Thanksgiving turkey, chicken noodle soup, fried chicken and more.


The opinions expressed by MNN Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of While we have reviewed their content to make sure it complies with our Terms and Conditions, MNN is not responsible for the accuracy of any of their information.