Handy Home-Prepared Mixes
Pre-packaged store-bought box mixes are expensive. Have you considered homemade alternatives? Made-from-scratch mixes are healthy, cost beneficial, store well, and taste great. Often times, you're paying for the packaging of commercial "convenience" foods and you don't have any control over the additives and preservatives they contain. When making your own mixes, you tailor the ingredients, so have control over the quality and quantity.
Making your own bulk mixes is a great way to stock your pantry. Creative containers make homemade mixes a terrific frugal gift idea too. There's something deeply satisfying when cooking from scratch. It takes some minimal preparation, but many of the ingredients are already a staple in your pantry. It's not as time consuming as you may think.
Master Baking Mix
9 cups sifted all-purpose flour
Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, cream of tartar and sugar three times. Add dry milk. Mix well. Cut in shortening until mixture looks like cornmeal. Store in covered container at room temperature.
Pancakes or Waffles
Chicken Coating Mix
1 cup bread crumbs
Mix all ingredients and store in an airtight container.
6 cups large bread cubes
Bake bread cubes on a cookie sheet at 350 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes, turning a few times to brown evenly. Toss bread cubes with remaining ingredients until the cubes are evenly coated. Store in a tightly closed container on the shelf for 1 to 4 months, or freeze for 1 year.To use: Melt 3 tablespoons butter; stir into 2 cups Stuffing Mix in a large bowl. Add 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup chicken broth or water, stirring gently. Warm in a pan on top of the stove, in the oven, or in a microwave.
Ranch Dressing Mix
15 saltine crackers
Whirl in blender until crumbs are very small. Store in an airtight container. It will keep for 1 year.
Italian Dressing Mix
2 teaspoons oregano
Mix and store in an airtight container.
8 1/2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
In a large bowl, combine all and blend well. Store in an airtight container.
1 cup instant coffee creamer
Combine creamer, drink mix, coffee crystals, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, and mix well. Store in airtight container. Makes 3 cups dry mix, 15 servings.
All Purpose Spice Mix
1/3 cup Grated parmesan cheese
Crush bouillon cube into fine powder, put in screw-top jar. Add remaining ingredients and shake until well mixed. Store in refrigerator for up to 4 months. May be used on fish, meat, stews, casseroles, salads, vegetables.
Onion Soup Mix
2 cups powdered milk
Mix and store in an airtight container in refrigerator.
Gift Ideas (Gifts In a Jar)
1/2 cup orange-flavored drink mix (Tang)
Combine the flour with baking soda and baking powder. Starting with the Tang, then sugar, chips and flour mix, layer the ingredients in a glass jar.
Colorful Soup Mix in a Jar
1 cube beef bouillon
Use a funnel. Layer ingredients in the following order: bouillon, onion flakes, split peas, small shape pasta, barley, lentils, rice, and enough tricolor spiral pasta to fill jar.
Be sure to store your mixes in a cool, dark place. They hold a shelf life of approximately six months. You can also freeze flour for 24 hours prior to using in your mixes to prevent the possibility of bugs.
Gifts In a Jar Tips
When assembling gifts in a jar, you should use one quart, wide mouth canning jars;however, many containers will work such as mugs, baskets, gift bags, flower pots, bowls, and teapots.Press each layer firmly in place before adding the next ingredient.You can decorate with fabric, floral and ribbon embellishments, or by drawing on jars with glass paint markers.You can consider attaching small gifts to the container such as ornaments, cookie cutters, measuring spoons, or a wooden spoon.Don't forget to attach the recipe to your homemade gift.
If you enjoyed these mix recipes, you'll love Just Recipes website with over 700 mix recipes at your fingertips.
You're well on your way to creating great alternatives to store-bought convenience foods. Who thought it could be so simple and sensible? You'll create something handy, frugal, healthy, and tasty. They're wonderful for stocking up, camping trips, and emergencies too. You'll even have wonderful kitchen gifts to share. Not bad for thinking "outside of the box".
Sara Noel is a freelance writer and the Editor/Publisher of http://www.FrugalVillage.com and http://www.HomesteadGarden.com Visit both these sites for information on getting back to basics through frugality, gardening, lost arts, simplicity, homesteading, and natural family living.
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