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Thank you for posting the Recipe for Old Bay Seasoning. I had not been able to find it in our area. I have found several recipes that called for it. I made up some this morning. I am making up some and putting into little spice jars for Christmas gifts. Also including recipes.

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Barb Gertz November 25, 2002

A very good substitute for Old Bay Seasoning. I did use the optional ground mace and ground cardamom. To compare, I tasted this mix and Old Bay Seasoning. The only change I'd make is to double the celery salt next time. Thanks Marj..this is a good copycat recipe!

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BeachGirl April 13, 2003

Pretty darn good. I did a side by side taste testing. I thought it needed a bit more celery salt. It's sure got kick! Thanks for posting DiB!

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Chicagoland Chef du Jour July 27, 2009

I'm not sure if it was the brand of nutmeg, but our mix was too strong on the nutmeg side. My husband agreed. We used it for making crab cakes.

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minneapplegirl February 08, 2009

I had just recently run out of the last batch I'd made and couldn't remember where I'd found the recipe. Finally found it again! This is my favorite seasoning for fish, it really adds a great, unique flavor and compliments it well. I'm gonna make another batch today. Thanks!

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andiaqua April 22, 2008

Perfect! Simply perfect. Much to my chagrin, I found out after moving to the UK this year that Old Bay Seasoning was not readily available. So, I whipped up a batch of this and it was amazingly good. This recipe is spot on. Tastes just like the real thing.

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Shannon Cooks June 29, 2007

I used this seasoning for MomOnTheGo's Cheddar bay biscuits and they turned out so good! We don't eat a lot of seafood and I didn't want to buy a bottle for one recipe so this was a great alternative. Thanks for sharing!

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~cbw~ February 16, 2004

SO GLAD I didn't have to spend the dough on Old Bay for just one recipe! Thanks, Mirj. A good way to use up my existing spices. I'll keep this on hand and NEVER buy the actual mix.

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sidMILB February 11, 2004

Thanks for the great recipe. I made MomOnTheGo's Cheddar bay biscuits and used this spice mixture as part of the topping. This was the first time I have used this but certainly not the last. I didn't have celery salt, so I used ground up celery seed and a bit of salt. Turned out great.

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melsmom January 26, 2004

Thank you for the recipe! It is a potent one for sure... I do have one concern though. We can not buy ground bay leaves in Canad, so I tried the best to grind it with the other spices. It did leave some pieces not quite broken down, however, it did not seem to be a problem. Just wondered if others have found the same problem.

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Scandigirl November 01, 2003
Old Bay Seasoning #2