My wife is always working on ways to utilize the foods we preserve and making it taste good. One method that she is currently having good success with as well as saving money is making our own spice mixes and rubs. She takes various dried spices and vegetables that we grow and grind them into various mixes. She then stores them in shakers of various sizes to add to her cooking. Because they are made from dried foods they will keep for years.
Because we like hot foods and try to stay on a low salt diet, we use a lot of peppers and very little salt in our mixes. My wife uses these mixes in stews casseroles and as rubs on chicken and other meats. It is much cheaper than purchasing them at the store and you can customize them to your tastes.
See the attached video and she will show you some examples.