For Fitness and Frugality: Make Your Own Spice Mixes

I’ll admit it – when I lived in the US, it was all too easy to resort to spice mixes for making chili, marinades, etc. That was until I realized just how many preservatives, dyes, and sugars are in many of those mixes. Price wasn’t a factor until I moved to Australia and the prices of those same (imported) spice mixes started making them all the more unappealing. If you’re willing to spend a short amount of time, you can make a lot of the most popular spice mixes out there from scratch – thus saving you money and the hassle of reading all those tiny labels.

This site has shortcuts to recipes for many of the most popular mixes out there. In this case I’m happy because Old Bay Seasoning isn’t even available in Australia, and now I can make it myself.

Save Money on Seasonings – MYOM (Make Your Own Mix)

American vs Australian Tablespoons

I learned something new the other week – and hope I haven’t mislead too many of you in the process. I realized that Australian tablespoons are different than American tablespoons in terms of measurement. Teaspoons are the same, but it’s just tablespoons that are different. All of my recipes thus far have used American tablespoons, which are 15ml. Australian tablespoons are larger, 20ml. Why did it take me over a year of living here to notice this, you may ask? Well it doesn’t help that both types of tablespoons are sold here. The first measuring spoon set I got when I moved here was with American measurements, just out of pure coincidence.

From now on I’m putting the ml amounts next to tablespoons just to ease any confusion. If you’re in the US, just use your tablespoons normally. If you’re in Australia, you may have to scale it down a bit. It wasn’t until someone gave me some feedback on a recipe that I realized they were using Australian tablespoons instead of what I assumed was the standard. Like I said, teaspoons are the same in both places, so it hasn’t been that big of a deal in my recipes anyway. It certainly makes cooking interesting when I have to make sure the recipe came from Australia or someplace else before deciding which tablespoon to use.