How to make Homemade Bay Leaf Seasoning {like Penzeys!}

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Homemade version of Penzy's Bay Leaf Seasoning.
Homemade Bay Leaf Seasoning
I went to my spice drawer this morning and pulled out the empty Bay Leaf Seasoning jar. I was glad I kept it after all because the empty jar held the list of ingredients.

I had picked up bay leaves, hoping I could re-create the blend, because it is a favorite of mine. And no longer made! Yes, you read that right, no longer made. Using the ingredients list I set about putting together my best guess of what should be in this herb blend. When finished I decided to take the full jar as an omen that the homemade mix will be good.

Possibly it is karma that my homemade version filled the jar perfectly? I could not say for sure until I set about using it. Now I freely admit my nose does a better job of detecting subtle differences, than my taste buds. It definitely passed the sniff test. And from there it was all good...

The label lists the ingredients in order of weight, and I calculated them by guess and by golly to be the list below, with one exception of one ingredient and thanks to a helpful reader who took the time to comment, a quick update to both the blend and the recipe was made!  Many thanks, by the way, I really appreciated your help. 

Homemade Bay Leaf Seasoning, quite like Penzeys!
by the seat of my pants!

1/2 oz bag of fresh bay leaves
2 T thyme leaves
2 T rosemary leaves
1 T basil leaves
1 T dried onion
1 T oregano
1/2 t ground pepper
2 T garlic salt
1 T plain salt

Place the bay leaves in the grinder and process until ground. Add remaining and process until powdery. It looks like the real thing, smells like the real thing, and surprisingly tastes very (very!) close to the real thing.


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  1. So now I'm interested in how you're going to use it - I don't think I've ever heard of it.

  2. I never thought of doing that.

  3. Hi,

    I was also devastated by Penzey's decision to stop offering their Bay Leaf Seasoning. I made your version late last week and have tried it in 2 recipes already. It is REALLY, REALLY close! I notice that you left out the basil (?) so I did add 1 T of basil to your version. Thanks for woking on this for all of us that loved that product!

  4. Thanks so much, I will add the basil to mine as well. The whole thing was a guess based upon the label list.

  5. thank you thank you thank you for making this recipe. I just went to replace my (obviously old - now empty) bag of bay leaf seasoning, only to learn its discontinued, so I cannot wait to try the recipe.

  6. Count me as another disappointed Penzey's customer. This was my favorite and most useful spice blend. I'll try your recipe with great anticipation.

  7. Thank you for figuring out the possible recipe! I was very disappointed when I found out they discontinued Bay Leaf seasoning. My family has been rationing our last bottle of bayleaf seasoning.

  8. I too was devastated to learn I could not order the bay leaf seasoning anymore. Thank you so much for posting this recipe.

  9. I just placed my penzeys order without the bay leaf seasoning. I was quite upset that they stopped carrying it. When I googled bay leaf seasoning, up popped your recipe. I will have to blend some and put it in my jar. I love adding it to my homemade chicken and rice soup.

  10. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I actually called Penzeys a number of years ago and all they would give me was the ingredient list, which I had already (kept the jar too). Kept procrastinating the attempt to make it myself. Will have to try this out!


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