Thursday, April 22, 2010

From Scratch: McCormick's Meatloaf Seasoning

This is a dish that we eat regularily and has been on my list to make-from-scratch for a long time.  I finally just stopped buying the McCormick's Meatloaf Seasoning packs to force myself to make it from scratch.  I can't believe how easy it was.  I simply did an internet search and found the recipe here.

This was exactly what I was looking for.  It tasted exactly like the mix and better.  I didn't tell anyone until they were done their meal that I'd made it from scratch.  I wanted to see if anyone could tell and they loved it.  I was a little nervous as I was messing with our families favourite meal ;o)

I don't think it's more natural or healthful to make it this way, but it's got to be cheaper in the long run.  The next items on my list to go more natural is to convert my spice rack to organic spices only.  I'm going to use up what I have first.  Before that, though, I need to start buying grass fed meat from a local farmer.  Baby steps, baby steps but they lead in the right direction.

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2 tsp. dried mustard
2 tsp. paprika
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1 1/2 tsp. basil
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder

Combine dry spices and seal in ziploc or vacuum seal bag (or jar). Measure all into a ziploc bag, seal & shake to combine. Pour into a spice jar or bottle.

1 package Meat Loaf Seasoning Mix
2 pounds ground beef or ground turkey
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
2 slices bread, finely crumbled or 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
1/2 cup ketchup

Mix Seasoning Mix, ground beef or turkey, eggs, milk and bread crumbs in large bowl (I also add the ketchup in this step). Shape into a loaf. Place loaf in a shallow baking pan or 9x5-inch loaf pan.
Spread ketchup over top of loaf.

Bake in preheated 375F oven 1 hour or until cooked through.  Makes 10 servings, approx 3oz each

Happily submitted to the Make It From Scratch Carnival #164.  There's so much inspiration there!


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  1. Sarah,

    This is right up my alley! I'm always looking for ways to alleviate the prepackaged mixes. Heck, I even made homemade cake mix the other day because I didn't want to use boxed cake mix for a recipe that called for it. I can't wait to try this out!

  2. I LOVE meatloaf and I have all the spices in my cupboard to make this. So easy, thanks!

  3. Spice blends always taste so much better when you make them up yourself. Probably has a great deal to do with the freshness of the spices! Glad you were able to recreate your favorite flavors.

  4. Love making my own spice mixes. Way to go!

  5. Sarah, this is such a good idea, especially for folks who have to watch their food dollars. The meatloaf sounds delicious, but your spice mix is the hit of this post. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  6. I stopped buying spice mixes awhile ago. It seems I already had all of the spices in the mix on hand, anyway. I never use a recipe - just throw in whatever I happen to see! It usually works :)

  7. Thank you for all the wonderful, encouraging comments ladies. If nothing else, this mix was exciting to figure out and make :)

  8. i'm gonna try this recipe and add some spices on it from my spice rack to come up with a very good taste.

  9. How much of the mix do you use for the meatloaf? Is it the whole mixture that you are using? Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

  10. The mix recipe above is for one package of spice, which makes one meatloaf.

  11. hi, I am from the Maritimes too, Moncton N.B,
    i was looking for a meatloaf recipe. I came across your blog, lovely.
    thank you for sharing your recipes, etc

  12. Love the recipe, I've been looking for any recipes for the McCormick "Perfect Pinch" blends. Does anyone have any? Thanks, Mary

  13. Thank you Michelle :)

    Mary I'm sorry I don't know what the recipe for the perfect pinch blends is. Maybe try looking up the recipe for what the blend is for.. i.e. if it's alfredo, just look up an alfredo recipe. You'll find it's easier than you'd expect it to be. Best of luck ;o)

  14. I was wondering if the Thyme that you used was whole thyme or ground thyme?


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