I often see recipes calling for Italian Seasoning as one of the ingredients. I have an aversion to having to buy pre-made mixes of herbs and spices, particularly when the typical pantry has all the necessary ingredients to make the mix. My second reason is that buying mixes leads to ignorance and taste confined to the purchased mix instead of knowledge you can employ to create new recipes and herb/spice combinations. My final reason for avoiding commercial mixes is that the potential combinations sold are huge in number without any reliable guide to help the shopper determine which mix is the best. One will never know if the gamut of mix tastes and applications are covered.
Thus, I obtained the following recipe from Food.com® and offer it as one example of taking charge in your kitchen. Now you can save money and keep your herb and spice cupboard uncluttered, and best of all, add to your knowledge and freedom to modify the recipe.
3 tablespoons of dried basil
3 tablespoons of dried oregano
3 tablespoons of dried parsley
1 tablespoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of onion powder
1 teaspoon of dried thyme
1 teaspoon of dried rosemary
1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
The mixture of the above ingredients is enhanced by processing all of them at the same time in a small food processor like a Magic Bullet®, creating a fine and uniform mixture. When dispensed later after storage in a small spice jar the right ratio of each ingredient will be assured.