Home Made Old Bay Seasoning

Multiple layers of complex flavors have made this iconic American spice blend a household favorite for generations. Old Bay Seasoning is fabulous as an all-purpose seasoning blend and is sure to win a permanent place at your dinner table! This Old Bay Seasoning recipe is fabulous as an all-purpose seasoning blend and is sure to win a permanent place at your dinner table! Use this Homemade Old Bay Seasoning to bring life and flavor to your Fish Cakes, New England Clam Chowder, Jambalaya, and more!

1 1/2 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoon celery seed
1/4 cup teaspoons sweet paprika
2 teaspoon ground dry mustard
2 teaspoon ground ginger
10 bay leaves, crushed
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground mace
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Place all of the ingredients in a coffee, or spice grinder, or small blender, and grind until it’s a smooth powder. Transfer the spice blend, to an airtight jar, and store in a dark, cool place. For optimal flavor use within 3 months. Makes about 1/2 cup.

What is Old Bay Seasoning?
Old Bay Seasoning is a quintessential American spice blend that has had a popular following since it was developed over 80 years ago. It’s characterized by multiple layers of complex flavors that pair well with a large variety of dishes. Its broad flavor palette makes it a terrific all-purpose seasoning. We’ve created an Old Bay Seasoning copycat that we think you’ll agree is a total winner!

Where Did It Originate?
It was World War II and a man named Gustav Brunn, a German Jew, was sent to the Buchenwald concentration camp. His family managed to bribe the Nazi soldiers to release him for a hefty sum of 10,000 marks and then hastily made preparations to flee to the United States. He had to leave virtually everything behind but there was one item he couldn’t part with: His small spice grinder. Clutching his meager belongings he escaped from Germany and arrived in what would become his new home of Maryland, USA. He soon got a job working for America’s largest spice company, McCormick, but was fired after only a week because of his lack of English skills. But Brunn didn’t let that stop him. In 1939 Brunn rented some space across from the Wholesale Fish Market at Baltimore’s Market Place and went to work creating what would become one of America’s most iconic spice blends. He started selling it under the name “Delicious Brand Shrimp and Crab Seasoning” but soon changed it to what would remain its permanent name, Old Bay, a tribute to the Old Bay Line steamship route on the Chesapeake Bay. The unique new seasoning spread via word of mouth and in time it acquired legendary status in its region and tremendous popularity beyond. Ironically McCormick purchased Old Bay in 1990. They’ve continue to make it after Brunn’s original formula.

How to Use Old Bay Seasoning: While it’s traditionally associated with southern crab and crawfish boils, Old Bay Seasoning is deliciously versatile. Here are some tasty ways you can use it:
– In clam chowder and oyster stews
– Sprinkled on French fries, baked potato wedges, and baked potatoes
– Added to potato salad, macaroni salad, egg salad or tuna salad
– Sprinkled on jambalaya, gumbo and other rice dishes
– Sprinkled on popcorn
– Sprinkled on corn on the cob
– For seasoning roasted nuts
– Added to fish cakes, crab cakes, or fried catfish
– Sprinkled over fish tacos
– Sprinkled over bread rolls
– Strewn over chicken wings
– As a dry rub for fish, meat and poultry
– Added to eggs, deviled eggs, and omelettes
– Incorporated into marinades for meats, poultry and seafood
– Stirred into softened butter and then chilled to make a seasoned compound butter
– Sprinkled over steamed, boiled, baked or grilled veggies

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