Poultry Seasoning

Poultry seasoning is generally used to season chicken, turkey and game birds either as a rub or as a shaker seasoning. This seasoning is also often added to stuffing for turkey or chicken. These seasonings are created by mixing herbs that complement the light taste of chicken or turkey, as a result these poultry rubs are herb based, and contain sage, thyme, rosemary, and marjoram as the basic ingredients. Other ingredients that might be added are cloves, ginger, celery flakes, onion flakes, garlic, and pepper. For game birds poultry rubs are created that contain heavier and spicier seasonings to bring out the flavor of the game bird, such additions can include paprika and chili powder.

These light herb based poultry rubs are complementary for chicken that will go on the grill since chicken requires less grilling time than red meats and thus require lighter seasoning than meats that will be grilled for a longer period of time to bring out the flavor of the meats.

Poultry Rub Recipe

2 tablespoons rubbed sage

1 tablespoon dried thyme

1 tablespoon dried marjoram

1 tablespoon dried savory

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

A pinch of cloves (a pinch is less than 1/8 of a teaspoon)

Combine the ingredients thoroughly the mixture will make about ¼ cup. Store the seasoning in an airtight container.

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For some great sections on herbs and spices some great references are:

• The Spice and Herb Bible – Second Edition by Ian Hemphill with recipes by Kate Hemphill

• Field Guide to Herbs & Spices by Aliza Green

• Herbs & Spices – the cook’s reference by Jill Norman

• The Contemporary Encyclopedia of Herbs & Spices – Seasonings For The Global Kitchen by Tony Hill

• Cajun Clark’s Cookbooks

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