Avoiding salt is especially important if you're prone to high blood pressure like I am. The only way to control sodium intake effectively is to cook everything you eat from scratch. That's not easy to do unless you never go out to eat, open a can, or eat frozen food; but you can still maintain a heart healthy diet by limiting those activities and not adding salt to your food when you're cooking. Salt-free seasonings make preparing your own dishes easier because you know you're not adding any sodium. Is it OK to add a little bit of salt? Dr McDougall says it is, but only a little and only at the table www.drmcdougall.com/heal
Other doctors say "no, never ever use salt". It's your food and your health, so use spices to ramp up flavor and try to leave the salt shaker in the cupboard.
This is a link to the first part of the list in case you missed it www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
Here's Part 2 of the Salt-Free Seasonings list.
Modern Products, Inc.
This Mequon, WI based company produces seasonings that were created by world-renowned pioneer nutritionist, author and speaker Gayelord Hauser in his test kitchen in Taormina, Sicily. In addition, they make Fearn and Classic Fare branded products. Salt-free offerings are:
Spike 5 Herb Magic
Spike Garlic Magic
Spike Onion Magic
Spike Salt-Free Magic
Spike Vegit Magic (This is a very low sodium all-purpose seasoning. It is not salt-free.)
To see the ingredients in each blend, click on "More Detail" spike-it-up.com/o
This is the full range of offerings from Modern Products www.modernfearn.c
All of the Mrs. Dash products are salt-free. Some, however, contain sugar, e.g. Mrs. Dash Caribbean Citrus Seasoning Blend. Check the ingredients on the website before you go shopping if you cannot have any sugar.
Marinades - All are fat-free; none are sugar-free:
Garlic Herb Marinade
Lemon Pepper Marinade
Lime Garlic Marinade
Sweet Teriyaki Marinade
Beef Stew Seasoning Mix*
Chili Seasoning Mix
Classic Ranch Dip
Fajita Seasoning Mix
French Onion Dip
Garden Vegetable Dip
Meatloaf Seasoning Mix*
Pot Roast Seasoning Mix*
Sloppy Joe Seasoning Mix*
Taco Seasoning Mix
*These packets do not contain animal products.
Seasoning Blends :
Mrs. Dash Caribbean Citrus Seasoning Blend
Mrs. Dash Chicken Grilling Blend*
Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime Seasoning Blend
Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb Seasoning Blend
Mrs. Dash Hamburger Grilling Blend*
Mrs. Dash Italian Medley Seasoning Blend
Mrs. Dash Lemon Pepper Seasoning Blend
Mrs. Dash Onion & Herb Seasoning Blend
Mrs. Dash Original Blend
Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle Seasoning Blend
Mrs. Dash Steak Grilling Blend*
Mrs. Dash Tomato Basil Garlic Seasoning Blend
*These blends contain a scant of oil to impart a grill flavor but do not contain animal products.
Mrs. Dash Roasted Garlic with Herbs Table Blend
Mrs. Dash Savory Lemon with Herbs Table Blend
Mrs. Dash Spicy Pepper with Garlic Table Blend
Mrs. Dash Sweet Southern BBQ Table Blend
You can find a full list of ingredients for each product on the company's website www.mrsdash.com/
This is a label in the Frontier Coop family of brands. Both of these blends are also sugar free:
Simply Organic All-Purpose Seasoning
Simply Organic Spice Right Everyday Blends All-Purpose Seasoning
This is a family-owned business started as a catalog by Bill Penzey, son of the founder of Spice House. If you visit one of the more than 30 Penzeys stores located throughout the nation, you will find an enormous selection of spices and blends and experience sensory treats of smells and sights. The stores and website have an extensive collection of sugar and salt free blends. This list from a forum on Cooking Light contains all of the sugar-free blends as of 2/2012. Salt-free blends are denoted by (SF) after the blend name. Unfortunately it isn't alphabetical. You can find a list of ingredients for each blend on the website. community.cookinglight.c
For information about any of the spices and blends, store locations, and online ordering, visit the website www.penzeys.com/
All of the spices are packaged fresh.
Another family-owned business, the original Spice House in Milwaukee was founded in 1957 by William Penzey. His daughter Patty inherited the business and added a second location soon after. The company now has stores in Milwaukee, WI and Evanston, Chicago, and Geneva, IL. This spice purveyor has a long list salt-free blends. I didn't check for sugar. All of the spices are packaged fresh.
*** An aside, if you're interested in learning more about Penzeys and Spice House, read this article from Chicago Business. www.chicagobusiness.com/
This company makes 35 salt-free blends. The ingredients were not listed on the web site, so I am not sure all are vegan, e.g. Greek Seasoning. If you have specific dietary needs, be sure to read the ingredient list on the label.
This is another family-owned business that originally operated out of a bedroom in the founders' home. It was started as and remains a web-based business. All spice blends are hand crafted, and that small bedroom operation has grown immensely. The have such an extensive offering of salt-free spices and blends that "Salt Free" is on the menu bar at the top of the webpage. Click on this link for the collection
I couldn't find any salt-free blends on the website; nor could I find ingredients for the few blends they have. You'll have to read labels if you're buying one of this company's blends.
Tone's Italian Seasoning
Tone's Garlic and Herb Seasoning
Tony Chachere's Famous Creole Cuisine:
Tony Chachere's Gumbo File - This isn't really a blend, but it's a mainstay in Louisiana cooking made from powdered sassafras leaves.
Tony Chachere's Salt-Free Seasoning - It's also sugar-free.
Note: I checked Zatarain's (a McCormick brand) and it does not make a salt-free Creole or Cajun seasoning. I tried to find information about Luzianne but came up empty handed; only tea and coffee are on the website. NONE of the mixes, including batters, for any of the Creole and Cajun purveyors are salt-free with the exception of Zatarain's Wonderful Fish Fri. Louisiana Fish Fry has one salt-free product; see separate entry for details.
This is the end of my list of commercially available sources of spice blends. There are probably other companies that make spice blends, but I these were the ones I'm aware of.
Part 3 of this series will feature homemade spice blends that I have either enjoyed or plan to try soon. Stay tuned.