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Cajun seasoning recipes have been around for centuries. The earliest known recipe is from the 18th century and was used to season meats. It wasn’t until the early 20th century that cajun seasoning became popular in Louisiana. Cajun seasoning is a blend of spices that includes paprika, garlic, onion, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and thyme. It’s used to add flavor to food and is often used in gumbo and jambalaya.
When making your own cajun seasoning, it's important to remember that the key ingredients are paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, oregano, thyme, and salt. Start by combining equal parts of each ingredient, and adjust the ratios according to your desired flavor profile. For a milder flavor, reduce the amount of cayenne pepper; for a spicier flavor, increase it. Feel free to add other ingredients, such as black pepper and red pepper flakes, to achieve the desired flavor. Be sure to store your cajun seasoning in an airtight container in a dry, cool place, and it should stay fresh for up to six months.
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