Have you ever purchase special spices for something special? Then you end up with a big container of spices you don’t know what to do with. I’m talking about things like poultry seasoning, pumpkin pie spice and apple pie spice.
Poultry seasoning is usually purchased for the holiday turkey or goose, consisting mostly of sage, savory, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. This mixture is great on chicken and duck as well. But it also makes a good base for a pork or beef rub. It can add a nice zip to steamed vegetables or a stir-fry. Just because it’s called poultry seasoning doesn’t mean you can’t use it on fish or seafood. Mix it with bread crumbs to make a nice breading for fried or baked foods.
Pumpkin pie spice is usually a mix of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and allspice. Try putting a few shakes on your coffee grounds before turning on the coffee maker. It will add lots of flavor and really improve the taste of cheap ground coffee.
Apple pie spice, a mix very similar to pumpkin pie spice usually with sugar as well, goes good on sliced fruit, like apples, pears and peaches. Try it on your coffee, too.
So, go ahead on buy those special spices mixtures when you need them. You can find ways to use them if you just think outside the spice box.