Spices the Frugal Way
One way people can save money is by preparing things at home that you use often in cooking. Spices are among the most expensive, yet, with a bit of time, you can create your own spice blend for a fraction of the cost of premixed blends. Below are some ideas to help you get started. All Purpose Spice Mix 1/3 cup Grated parmesan cheese 1/4 cup Sesame seeds 2 Tablespoon Paprika 1 Tablespoon Poppy seeds 1 chicken bouillon cube 2 teaspoon Dried parsley 1 teaspoon Onion flakes 1 teaspoon Garlic powder 1 teaspoon Celery seed 1/2 teaspoon Salt 1/2 teaspoon Pepper 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 3/4 cup cornstarch 1/4 cup beef bouillon crystals 2 Tablespoons dried onion flakes 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves, crushed Mix and store in an airtight container in refrigerator. To prepare: Mix 1/3 cup dry Onion Soup Mix with 1 1/2 cups water. Cook and stir until thickened. Italian Dressing Mix 2 teaspoons oregano 1 teaspoon onion powder 2 teaspoons basil 2 teaspoons paprika 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper 2 Tablespoons garlic powder 6 Tablespoons granulated sugar Mix and store in an airtight container.
To make dressing: Use 3 Tablespoon mix with 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil and 1/2 cup wine vinegar. Ranch Dressing Mix 15 saltine crackers 1 cup dry parsley 1/2 cup dry onions 2 Tablespoons thyme 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt 1/2 teaspoon onion salt 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon onion powder Whirl in blender until crumbs are very small. Store in an airtight container. It will keep for 1 year. To use: Whisk together 1 cup mayonnaise, 1 cup buttermilk and 1 Tablespoon Ranch Dressing Mix. .
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