What is Bell’s Seasoning?

What is Bell's Seasoning?

Recently, I was gobsmacked–just gobsmacked, I tell you–when I mentioned Bell’s Seasoning to the LC staff. They all just looked at me. Dumbstruck. Bewildered. Confused.

They’d never heard of it.

When they asked what it was, all I could do was keep repeating, “Bell’s Seasoning.”

To me, Bell’s Seasoning is something so essential to Thanksgiving cooking, it defies definition. Or so I thought. Apparently, if you’re not a born and bred Yankee, Bell’s (that’s what we locals call it) might be unfamiliar. It has always been so elemental, so ubiquitous, so foundational to my turkey and stuffing, it’s one of a handful of entities known only by a first name, like Cher, Diana, Bette, Madonna, and Christ.

And it’s something you NEED to know for Thanksgiving.

What is Bell’s Seasoning?

Bell’s Seasoning is a poultry seasoning mix–a unique blend of herbs and spices concocted by William G. Bell in Boston in 1867. It consists of ground rosemary, oregano, sage, ginger, marjoram, thyme, and pepper.

Is Bell’s Seasoning Gluten-Free?

Yes. And not only that, it’s vegan. Plus it contains no salt, preservatives, additives, or artificial ingredients. Clearly,  Mr. Bell was waaaay ahead of his time.

What can I use Bell’s Seasoning on?

The better question is, what can’t I use it on? Of course, the first stop on Thanksgiving Day is the turkey. A generous sprinkling into a small bowl of melted butter is all you need to create an herbaceous baste for your bird. But don’t stop there. It’s great in stuffing–especially old-fashioned sausage stuffings such as Homemade Cornbread Sausage Dressing or Sourdough Dressing with Sausage and Prunes. And it wouldn’t be out of place in my godmother Dina’s Potato Dressing. It’s even pretty awesome in pumpkin soup and in that much-needed Bloody Mary just before the in-laws arrive for the holiday weekend.

Where can I buy Bell’s Seasoning?

If you live in the Northeast, you know where to get it. (In fact, I’ll bet dollars to Dunkin’ Donuts you already have a box in your cupboard.) If you visit the Northeast, I’m pretty sure you know where to snag a box, too. For the rest of you, allow me to rock your world.

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Comments

  1. You make me smile, laugh, and give me a warm wonderful feeling all over. I love the way you write and the way you make me feel. Keep peace and love in your heart.

    Memere’s sausage stuffing is not complete without “Bell’s”. It makes my turkey and my belly happy. Gobble, gobble!

    1. My dear, dear longtime friend! (See how I didn’t call you old, Greg?!) Thank you. I wish you, your husband, and family a wonderful, loving, and delicious Thanksgiving! xo

  2. Best seasoning ever! I was introduced to Bell’s when we lived in New England and you said it – essential for the Thanksgiving holiday. My favorite is to add it to my stuffing. The company should promote it in the Midwest, too as many people have not heard.

    1. Penny, I agree! That is absurd. May I ask where you’re getting $74 for 3 ounces? If you follow the links I supply, the prices are $6.92 for one box and $4.33 each for three boxes.

  3. Happy to hear I am not the only one left who uses Bell’s seasoning. I Also love the little box with the turkey, although there is no way to seal it. It just sings Thanksgiving.

  4. I have always thought, (known), that Bell’s is the secret to my damn delicious bread stuffing. I used to be able to get it out here in California. I will check ASAP. If that’s no longer possible, I will surely use your link. Thanks, David!

  5. I love this little box. My parents always made sure I had a box of Bells for my own turkey. Must have run out last year, so went to look in my local grocery store just last night and couldn’t find it anywhere!!! Bought regular poultry seasoning with a ton of fake stuff in it – returning that today! Thanks for the link!

  6. Love Bell’s! Bread stuffing recipe on the box is our ” secret family recipe”- lol. Seriously, great for beginners! Also, Bell’s is a must when making chicken or turkey soup.

      1. Yes, Mr. Bell was way ahead of his time. Besides being vegan and salt, gmo, and preservative free it come in an earth friendly box. Way to go, Bell’s!

  7. I’m also Gobsmacked–Gobsmacked I tell you, that anyone han’t known about Bell’s!! (I’m from Maine, and know G’smacked is an old Maine expression) 😁🦃

  8. Nope, never heard of it. I’ll check my local import grocer here in Mexico. Bet it’s good in chicken noodle soup.

  9. Here in Totoville we’ve never heard of Bell’s. Sounds interesting. I’d buy it just for the gorgeous package.

  10. I am thrilled to know it is still being made. My mother always used it. And we were based in central VA. Can’t find it where I live now but I can get friends who live in “the occupied territories” to get it for me.

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