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The Money is in the Mixes – Homemade Mixes

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The Money is in the Mixes - Homemade MixesWhen 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

Homemade Mixes

Homemade Mixes

Make your own pantry staples with these handy mixes!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: pantry
Cuisine: pantry
Keyword: homemade mix, pantry staples
Servings: 10 servings


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

Taco Seasoning

  • 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.

For Taco Mix - Mix and store in airtight container. Use to taste

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    This Post Has 18 Comments

    1. I've just started making my own fajita seasoning, and I was surprised at just how cheap it worked out. I even made my Dad some for his Christmas to go with the Sizzler Plate I bought him!

    2. Hi, congrats on the Foodbuzz top 9 (#4) today 🙂 I love your post! I also make my own mixes because of as you said they are healthier and cheaper. This is great advice for everyone :))

    3. I also make my own mixes. I do opt to make "cream of" soups from scratch, but as for spices, I'll make mixes and save them. That way, I know they're healthier, fresher, and I can customize!

    4. Thank you so much for posting these recipes…this is so great. I love your blog too. I will definitely be using this idea. Love it. My question is with the dried milk…Where do you find it for a reasonable price? Seems so expensive…even at Aldi's the cheap store.

    5. When milk was $4 a gallon just over a year ago, dry milk was a steal. But now that milk is down around $2 a gallon dry milk seems less like a good buy. I can normally get the small boxes that make a gallon of milk at Kroger for $1.89, but I have bought them on the $.88 sale before. I'm sure bulk prices are even better and Aldi may be even cheaper. I would also check the warehouse stores like Sam's or Costco. Since our kids are still pretty small,we don't drink dry milk in our house so I don't buy a whole lot of it. I only use it for cooking and pre-made mixes such as this. In that sense, the soup mix or a from scratch sauce kicks the "cream of" can's butt.
      Thanks for the great question! Hope to see you back again soon!

    6. What brand of bullion powder do you use that does not have any salt?

      (What is in bullion powder – I assumed MSG & other "stuff.")

      1. Yes! 🙂 The big “T” is for Tablespoon and the little “t” is for teaspoon. Also, “c” is for cup. These are pretty standard abbreviations in lots of recipes. Thanks for asking the question!

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    Jodie is a wife, mom, writer and lover of chickens and gardens. She runs her family's winery by day and cooks and writes by night.

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