Monday, April 21, 2014

Our Wedding: Spice Rub Favors

Perfect teeny bow tied by my father, who ties tiny knots inside people for a living.
 Back in the wedding planning phase, I wrote about making our spice rub favors for the wedding. However the recipe I kept secret... until now.

Logistics:

  • The bottles I ordered entirely too many of (there are about 40 still in my guest closet) from Spice Barn, before I had even sent out invites let alone seen how many people were actually coming. 
  • The labels came from Labels on the Fly; I spent countless hours looking for affordable labels that I could customize the look, text, and color...these were perfect!
  • The spices we bought mostly in bulk from Sam's, except for the secret ingredient which we had to order from Amazon.
We chose to make spice rub for a couple reasons: we wanted something personal/DIY rather than just something we bought. We wanted something that tied in our love for cooking and eating. And we wanted something that people would actually use.... and it seems that people have used it, since I've gotten a few requests for the recipe.

To form the recipe, Dan and I kept iterating spice rubs (we ate a lot of steak... poor guy!) until we got one we liked but thought had mass appeal... keeping track of the ingredients and proportions until we got it just right. No joke, this recipe has lived in my kitchen junk drawer on the very post-it-note that we wrote it down on a year and a half ago to guide our mixes:

After getting a couple requests for the recipe, we talked about it and decided that we'd give it out after our 1 year anniversary.. which was almost 3 months ago, sorry it's taken me so long to write it down!
We made ours in cup measures (1/4 cup, 1 cup, etc.) since we were making 100 jars, but you can make yours in teaspoon proportions instead (unless you WANT almost 6 cups of this stuff?).

Nerds in Love Wedding Spice Rub (around here we call it "Stephanie & Dan Seasoning")

  • 1/4 tsp Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Celery
    If you prefer saltier rubs you can use celery salt instead; we chose to omit salt from our rub because not everyone likes it and it can always be added separate.
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1.5 tsp Lemon Pepper
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • and the secret ingredient... 1/4 tsp of Chinese Five Spice.
    As I said, we ordered this one from Amazon because Sam's didn't sell it in bulk. You can also make your own, but I think it'd be just as hard to find some ingredients (ground Sichuan pepper?) as it would to find the pre-made mix.
  1. Mix all the ingredients and store in an airtight container. 
  2. Sprinkle on meat, fish, or veggies before cooking. 
  3. Eat!
From our kitchen to yours... enjoy!