Homemade Mixes Are Great Tasting and Frugal.

United States
January 12, 2007 1:33pm CST
Have you ever took the time to read the ingredients on your favorite commercial mixes. It is loaded with preservatives and MSG. We vowed several years ago to stop using anything with MSG in it. It was making us sick and my neorologist told me to stay away from it. We found this a hard task to begin with as most commercially prepared foods have MSG in them. The restaurants also use MSG to enhance the flavor of their foods. I have since been making my own mixes at home for all the foods that we enjoy. The trick is to prepare it ahead and have it onhand just like you would a commercially prepared mix. It is more likely that you will use it that way. If you have to take the time to make a mix each time you want it, you will be more likely to purchase commercial mixes. I have many recipes for homemade mixes. I have posted a few already and will be adding many more over the next few days. I plan on posting the master mixes first them add a few recipes by request to be used with the master mixes. Hope you enjoy this frugal way of cooking. You will be healthier and save a ton of money on your groceries. Do you have anything that you make from a homemade mix? Is there anything that you would love to have a recipe for to make your own homemade mixes?
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
20 Jan 07
How about a gravy mix. We use the packaged since I am still trying to get the pan version down right and would love to have a jar of gravy mix sitting ready on the counter! thanks!!
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• United States
20 Jan 07
Will try to post a gravy mix on Monday. I may get to it tonight but I cannot guarantee it.
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• United States
21 Jan 07
I posted a chicken gravy mix for you today.
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@blueskies (1186)
• United States
12 Jan 07
I am always on the lookout for mixes that don't contain wheat, rye, barley or spelt, as I have celiac disease. I do make my own coffee creamer, chocolate syrup and sweetened condensed milk sometimes. I also used to bake my own bread before my diagnosis.
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• United States
12 Jan 07
I do not know much about celiac disease. I would hate to not be able to eat without wheat. I enjoy wheat products very much. Can you tell me more about your disease?
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@Polly1 (12649)
• United States
12 Jan 07
I am really looking forward to trying out some of your recipes. I am also looking forward to you posting more of them. I do alot of homemade cooking, It seems I have been cooking all my life. If you read the ingredients on a box of anything, it will scare the daylights out of you. Most of the stuff you cannot even pronounce.
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• Ireland
12 Jan 07
I have heard that stelt bread is much healthier than bread which is made of ordinary flour. I have just bought a bread maker and I would like to use this for baking my own stelt bread. Do you happen to have a recipe for stest bread? If so, I would very much appreciate it if you could post it or send it to me in a pm.
@SaraCate (184)
• Canada
20 Jan 07
Mixes can be convenient - but personally, I find it just as simple to mix up, say, panckaes from scratch. To use that particular example, I can have pancakes mixed up, on the griddle, and the first batch ready fro my guyswithin 10 minutes. Most baking mixes, in particular, only have 4 or 5 ingredients. I keep my kitchen set up so basic staples, like sugar, several flours, baking powder, etc. are easily within arm's reach. It may take me 30 seconds to add eggs and milk to a mix - but it only takes about 2 minutes (for me) to just do it from scratch. Also, with multipurpose mixes, you often have to add 5 or 6 additional ingredients to make anything but one or two basics anyway. Overall, the space saved my not keeping multiple baing mixes on hand outweighs the time savings they may produce. The one exception, for me, is spice-type mixes. I keep homemade "shake n' bake", chili seasoning, curry powder, etc. These all have multiple ingredients (often a dozen or so) and - particularly with straight spices, like curry powder - don't take much extra space to store. They also take 10-15 minutes to mix up initially, and so offer a significant time savings. Kudos for making your own mixes instead of buying, though - on a similar note, we had homemade "hamburger helper" this week! Have you ever looked at the ingredients in that tiny spice pack?? Ugh! (Not to mention the premium price you pay for the inclusion of a bunch of chemicals to sprinkle on your noodles! :) Thanks! ~Sara
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@SaraCate (184)
• Canada
20 Jan 07
Just to clarify - the above shouold read, "Overall, the space saved by not keeping multiple baking mixes on hand outweights the time savings they may produce...FOR ME, anyway!"
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• United States
22 Jan 07
I used to have a book I was writing with hudreds of recipies but lost it when I reformatted my computers hard drive and forgot to back it up! Luckily there are plenty of places on the net to find the recipies for free!
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• United States
21 Jan 07
This is so great. You are wonderful. Do you have any cake, fudge, cookie, or bread mixes on hand? I make breads and the above from scratch, but would love to have a mix to give as a gift. Thank you. M&M
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• United States
21 Jan 07
Yes I have read the ingredients on boxes before it is shocking to find out what is in our products. I have always been one to make from scratch simply because it is just as easy to mix vs buying it in a box. Plus my mom and granny use to do the same thing all the time. I use to have a Betty Crocker book that had alot of the older recipes in it and I also learned alot from the book. I'm not sure if alot of their recipes come in a box now or made into boxes later on. :) But I still find myself buying the boxes from time to time. May just be a generation thing for quick and convenient. Yes MSG is in almost everything.
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@brimia (6584)
• United States
26 Feb 07
I agree totally. We stopped buying processed foods...anything with corn syrup, added sugar, hydrogenated oils, enriched flours and any ingredients that we couldn't identify. I also avoid any MSG and have to request Chinese meals without it at restaurants. I had a couple of allergic reactions to it about a year ago. I try to make all our meals from scratch because it's so much healthier and frugal (which we are).
@manmaxman (850)
• India
7 Feb 07
Homemade Mixes Are Great Tasting and Frugal this is the great dish i like it .
• United States
26 Jan 07
I would love to see what you can offer in homemade mixes for cakes, muffins, and breads. And, cookies too. Thank so much for the info and for the offer. Email me, okay? Thanks.