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What is Old Bay Seasoning - Old By Seasoning Recipe

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Really like your site! Provides lots of fantastic variety to our routine weekly family menus. Thanks a lot! From you biographical info, I see you are in Oregon. I thought the "Old Bay seasoning" called for in the crab cakes must be regional, but since I am in Forks, Washington, I must just not know this seasoning. Where can I find it, and is there a suggested substitute? - Doug Ferris (11/6/99)


Old Bay SeasoningCheck with your grocery store manager -- Often Old Bay is found in the seafood section or with the gourmet spices. If you still can't find it, following is a recipe for the seasoning:


1 tablespoon celery seeds
1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
6 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon whole cardamoms
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
4 whole cloves
1 teaspoon sweet Hungarian paprika
1/4 teaspoon mace

In a spice grinder or small food processor, combine all of the ingredients. Grind well and store in a small glass jar. Best if used within 6 months (date your jar).


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