Make-Your-Own Mixes

As a general rule, home-baked foods cost 1/4 to 1/3 of the store-bought price. Exceptions include some packaged mixes, as well as some baked goods purchased on sale with double coupons.

Part of the reason convenience foods are so popular is because they save time. However, this convenience costs money. By taking some time (but not right before meal time when everyone is in a rush), and making your own mixes, it is possible to save money and time as well. In addition, you know all the ingredients in your mix.

Homemade Shake & Bake

Combine all ingredients; mix well and store in a tightly covered container. Keep in a cool, dry place for up to six months. Refrigerate or freeze for longer storage.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

Combine all ingredients; mix well. Place in a storage container with a tight-fitting lid; seal well. Store in a cool, dry place for up to six months. Makes 21 teaspoons (approximately 1/2 cup).

Seven teaspoons of the mix equal a 1.25-ounce package of purchased taco seasoning mix.

Homemade Onion Soup Mix

Combine all ingredients; mix well. Place on a storage container with a tight-fitting lid. Seal tightly. Store in a cool, dry place for up to six months. Stir or shake well before each use.

Makes 18 tablespoons (approximately 1 cup).

Five tablespoons of the mix equal a 1.25-ounce package of purchased dry onion soup mix.

Homemade Salt-Free Mix

Combine all ingredients; mix well. Place in a storage container with a tight-fitting lid such as a clean seasoning jar. Seal tightly. Store in a cool, dry place for up to six months. Stir or shake well before each use. Makes 13 teaspoons (approximately 1/4 cup).

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