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Pumpkin Pie Spice Substitute and Reusing Spice Jars

I never buy pumpkin pie spice, because it is so easy to make at home, plus I can tailor it to suit my preferences. Many holiday recipes call for pumpkin pie spice, so I mix up a small bottle of it. Then I can just dip in and pull out a teaspoon as needed. Once you are familiar with the ratios, you can easily wing it by adding a bit of this and that until your spices equal the quantity the recipe calls for.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Substitute
Recipe type: Spice Mix
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Make Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix yourself with spices commonly found in your pantry.
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  1. Add the spices to a spice jar. Put lid on and shake vigorously to mix.
This makes 5½ teaspoons, which is usually more than enough to get me through the holidays.


I also use Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix to create delicious Sweet Potato Fries.

Reusing Spice Jars

I grow a lot of my own herbs and spices, but I can’t grow them all. When I do buy spices, I try to buy them in glass jars, so that I can reuse the jars.

1. Soak your spice jar to remove the label.

2. Remove the cardboard from the cap (try not to throw it out until after you have traced it).

3. Run the jar and cap through the dish washing machine.

4. If they still smell like spices after being washed, soak them in a bowl of water with a 1/4 cup of vinegar added to it. Then run them through the dishwasher again.

5. Trace the cardboard insert, or if you have tossed it, trace around the outside of the lid.

6. Cut on the inside of the line. Press cardboard into lid.

7. Screw the lid on the jar. I use leftover Christmas tags to label the jars.

Do you make your own spice mixes?

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. I am so glad you posted this. I was going to the store tomorrow to buy empty jars for spices. I have empty jars I can reuse. I cannot believe it never occurred to me to reuse them!

  2. Great idea -many things are packaged now and people don't think about how to make them from scratch. Like chili seasonings, apple pie spice, etc.

  3. Love this idea! I've always wanted to try to make my own spice mixes. Thanks for the comment on my site about the wish tree!

  4. Julie Bagamary says:

    I do this too with the exception of the unused Christmas labels. I like that.

  5. megan @ whatmegansmaking says:

    Great suggestions! I'm always using pumpkin pie spice, and also making some of my own other spices (emeril's essence for example)

  6. Nice site, nice and easy on the eyes and great content too.

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