Is there any particular set of dried spices and herbs you find yourself using over and over and over? Bottle it! If you think about it, that’s all Essence is, or even savory or Italian seasonings – someone, somewhere, kept using the same set of 5 spices in the same proportions, until finally they decided to just stick it in a bottle and use it from there.

Even if it’s as simple as keeping 2 parts salt to 1 part pepper in a shaker, or keeping a shaker of Parmesan and Romano in your fridge, it works. Also, if you happen to notice that everyone else likes your spice blend too, you have a great addition to small gifts. Or you could market it. You know, whatever.

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