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Garden-Inspired Italian Seasoning Recipe

Garden-Inspired Italian Seasoning Recipe

This Italian seasoning recipe is made only with herbs from my garden. You simply cannot beat the freshness and taste of a garden-inspired homemade Italian seasoning recipe over a store-bought seasoning mix. 

Garden-Inspired Italian Seasoning RecipeWhen I Harvest My Garden Herbs…

The last thing I harvest before (and during) the first frosts of late fall is my herbs. Most of the herbs are quite hardy and can survive the first few frosts with little to no damage. Except basil. That’s easily the MOST sensitive plant in my garden. Basil is preserved the moment the night temperatures creep under 50 degrees Fahreinheit. Silly, wimpy basil.

Fall is such a frantic time for gardeners: harvesting summer produce while starting fall garden plots and prepping vacant garden plots for a long winter. So I’m super glad that I can ignore my herbs (except basil…roll eyes) until the chaos of early fall is done. 

And then, when it’s finally herb harvesting time, it easily becomes herb-overwhelm time. I don’t want any of my herbs to die before harvesting to hard frosts and snow if I can help it. However, it’s simply impossible for me to harvest all of my herbs. There are only two people in our household, and once the pantry, every closet in the house, and the laundry room are overflowing with drying herbs, I’ve gotta stop harvesting. 

I had a particularly good herb harvest this year, and I happened to overfill all my dressers, countertops, and even door handles with drying bundles of herbs. I had so much oregano and sage drying that I knew there was NO WAY we could go through it all. Even after I made sage honey for an herbal remedy (recipe coming soon!).

Garden-Inspired Italian Seasoning Recipe: My Pantry
My pantry ran out of hooks for the herbs, and they are already doubled up on each hook!

Using My Herb Harvest for Homemade Seasoning Mixes

I was at a loss for how I could go through all of my drying herbs this winter, and while doing a spice/herb inventory, I realized that I was running low on Italian seasoning. I don’t know why I never thought about it before, but suddenly, I was curious: could I make my OWN Italian Seasoning from only herbs in my garden?! 

My quest for a homemade, garden-inspired Italian Seasoning ended up as a success. There are PLENTY of ways to make homemade Italian Seasoning, but I was determined to use only herbs from my garden. I added some optional items in the recipe that are NOT from my garden, and you can check out the notes after the recipe for more info.

My Garden-inspired homemade Italian Seasoning recipe ended up tasting so fresh compared to the who-knows-how-old stuff from the store that I  know that I will NEVER buy store-bought Italian Seasoning again. 

Also, I’ve got so many extra herbs, I’m making some extra bottles of my homemade Italian Seasoning to give away as gifts for Christmas this year. So feel free to double or triple my recipe in order to make a few extra bottles for DIY Christmas gifts!

Garden-Inspired Italian Seasoning Recipe


Garden-Inspired Italian Seasoning Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. Dried Oregano
  • 2 Tbsp. Dried Basil
  • 1 Tbsp. Dried Rosemary
  • 1.5 Tbsp. Dried Thyme
  • 1 Tbsp. Dried Marjoram
  • 1 Tbsp. Dried Sage
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp. onion powder (optional)

Directions:

  1. Grind all of the dried herbs up finely using either a spice grinder or a mortar and pestle. You can also just crumble them up finely with your hands.
  2. Mix the herbs together and put in glass bottles of your choice.
  3. Store in a dark cupboard.

Notes:

**If you don’t grow Marjoram, you can simply add more Oregano instead.

**I do not make garlic powder or onion powder from my garden produce, so I did NOT add them to this recipe. Store-bought Italian Seasoning recipes usually contain both of these items, however, so if you want your homemade Italian Seasoning to taste exactly like the store-bought stuff, add the garlic and onion powders to your seasoning mix.


Have you ever made homemade Italian Seasoning from your garden herbs before? Tell me about your favorite garden herb uses in the comments below!

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2 Comments

  1. Yes i have .ade italian seasoning from my herbs. I griw garlic and onion so i add. Do you know how to keep the onion and garlic pd from getting hard?

    1. You will have to dehydrate them. I do not know enough about dehydrated onion and garlic, unfortunately. I have a brand new dehydrator this year, so maybe I’ll be able to play around with this later this summer!

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