This is one of the most frequently asked questions on our discussion forum and, frankly, one that hasn't gotten a definitive answer.
I don't use prepared blends (the shops my little village and neighboring towns don't even sell them), however I did find some blends in Greek on the Internet and have translated them on the forum.
Here are a few ideas that might be helpful when creating blends to meet your needs.
- Learn about the favorite herbs and spices used in Greek cooking, and how each is most often used;
- Start with a recipe you enjoy and build on the herbs and spices it contains;
- Take a list of ingredients from a blend you like and experiment in your kitchen.
Things to Remember:
- Don't expect one blend to work in all dishes.
- Packaged herbs and spices tend to have a short shelf life (there are a few exceptions), so whatever you buy and mix into a blend should be an amount you plan to use within a month or so - but they can be quite costly. Look for them in co-ops, health food shops, and ethnic grocers where special savings may be available.
- Too many herbs and spices can overwhelm a dish rather than enhance it.
Join one of our ongoing forum discussions about Greek herb and spice mixes:
- Greek Spices: Mixes are expensive!
- Mixing Your Own Spices: Amounts?
- Food Network Dish Calls for Greek Spices?
or check out the translated blends to see if any of them will work in your kitchen!
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