When I go shopping, I shop mostly for items that are versatile and can be used in a variety of different recipes for a variety of different dishes ( except for the training pants I still buy, which are only good for one thing). I also try to spend as little as possible while still being reasonably healthy. But like most people in the world I am also busy ( or lazy on occasion) and I really don’t want to put forth a whole lot of effort to get dinner on the table. It’s then that I reach for some kind of convenience. Something quick, something easy, you know?
The problem is that I have really started to hate paying more than I feel like I should for a convenience. Let’s take the very popular “cream of” soups. You use them in soups, casseroles, and one pot wonders but those suckers are at least $.80 each ( that’s store brand on sale).
Campbells’ can be as much as a $1.50 each. That starts to add up when you buy several cans at a time. And have you looked at the ingredients? MSG, salt, artifical coloring, blah blah blah. Not really healthy.
So, here is the answer. Mixes! Easy to put together, stores well, and a fraction of the cost of store-bought convenience. Perfect for people who like to know what they are eating, save money and frequently run out of ingredients for their casserole. I priced out everything down to the serving except for the Taco Seasoning because I didn’t have those prices at hand to figure.
I also made some cute little labels that my husband snickered at, but he can kiss my butt… so there.
Check out the new post: Money in the Mixes – Part II
Cream Soup Mix - $2.87 per batch, $.31 per use
- 2 cups dry powdered milk
- 1 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/4 cup chicken boullion powder
- 2 Tablespoon dried onion flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 teaspoon basil
Onion Soup Mix - $2.67 per batch, $.45 per use
- 3/4 cup instant minced onion
- 4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/3 cup beef boullion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
- 1/4 teaspoon sugar
Seasoned Rice Mix - $2.28 per batch, $.78 per use.
- 3 cups uncooked rice
- 1/4 cup dried parsley flakes
- 6 Tablespoon chicken bouliion powder
- 2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme
- 6 teaspoon chili powder
- 5 teaspoon cumin
- 5 teaspoon paprika
- 3 teaspoon onion powder
- 3 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
For Cream of Soup Mix - Mix and store in airtight container.
- To use: add 1/2 cup mix to 1 1/4 cupwater for casserole consistency. Double the water for soup.
For Onion Soup Mix - Mix and store in airtight container.
- To use: add 2 Tablespoons of mix to one cup boiling water. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
For Seasoned Rice Mix - Mix and store in airtight container.
- To use: mix one cup mix, 2 Tablesppons of butter and 2 cups water in saucepan. Bring to boil, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.