What's Really In Poultry Seasoning?

These days, the spice aisle of the supermarket is filled with pre-made seasoning blends designed to enhance everything from salmon to steak, and from corn on the cob to "Everything but the Bagel." One of the more popular spice mixes on the shelves is poultry seasoning, which, as the name suggests, is meant to add flavor to dishes containing a variety of fowl. While most commonly associated with turkey (particularly Thanksgiving dinner) and chicken, the multi-purpose spice blend can be used on a range of poultry, including quail and goose.

But you don't have limit this seasoning to things with wings. Poultry seasoning can enhance your beef, pork, fish, and even vegetable dishes, according to Sweet and Savory Meals

With so many uses for poultry seasoning, it makes sense to keep a jar ready in your cupboard for the 364 days a year that aren't Thanksgiving. Better yet, why not make your own?

Add your own spin to the standard blend

While there are many makers of poultry seasoning today, the traditional — and perhaps original — blend is Bell's Seasoning. Dating back to 1867, this staple of New England kitchens hasn't changed from William Bell's original recipe of ground rosemary, oregano, sage, ginger, marjoram, thyme, and pepper (via New England Today).

The spice blend may have been around for more than a century, but that doesn't mean there isn't room for change and some creativity. Wisconsin-based Penzeys Spices poultry seasoning, for example, adds bell pepper, lemon peel, dill weed, and allspice to the standard blend, while McCormick includes nutmeg for its nutty, warm, slightly sweet flavor.

Onion powder, garlic powder, parsley, celery seed, cloves, and even a kick of cayenne can all be added to the mix when making your own. Your only limit is your imagination and what's in your spice cabinet. So, make up a batch and start sprinkling poultry seasoning on your favorite dishes — from soups to stews to roasted veggies, and yes, your Thanksgiving turkey.