Onion Soup Mix (DIY)

Have you passed up a recipe because you didn’t have dry onion soup mix? It is one of those items that you don’t think to buy unless you are preplanning a meal. But you can make it from items that are usually in your pantry and spice rack. Making your own dry mixes will help…

Cream of Something Soup Base (DIY)

This is a simple mix that you can keep in your cupboard to use in cooking. It is something that can be made when the food budget is small. I received this month dry milk in my food pantry box. This gave me the opportunity to share this DIY and make some more to use….

Brown Sugar DIY

This is a very simple recipe for brown sugar. It is so much cheaper to make your own and it tastes better with a richer flavor. It only takes sugar and molasses. I like to keep molasses in my pantry because I do lot of scratch baking and cooking. If you want a darker brown…

How to Dehydrate Citrus

This past winter I bought a dehydrator from a thrift store. There had been several people in line at the food pantry that has been talking about dehydrating some foods this past couple of years. I was told to watch for a dehydrator at thrift stores to get one because I would like it better…

Poultry Seasoning Recipe

It is easy to make your own poultry seasoning and it is cheaper because most of the spices you probably have on hand.  I like to buy my spices from a shop that sells them in bulk.  I just buy what I will use with in a few months.  It is cheaper that way instead…

Basil Butter Pats

Make pretty little herbed butter pats to dress up a special meal.  They are easy to do and you can mold them in silicon ice cube or candy trays.  The trays are inexpensive and are found with seasonal items at hobby and craft stores.  I have a selection of them that I collected over the…

Pumpkin Pie Spice

I make my own pumpkin pie spice instead of buying it. It is much cheaper to make it and you can adjust the spices to your taste and needs.   I have a grandson that is allergic to nutmeg and cashews.  Commercial blends include nutmeg also I have included it in this recipe for you. …

How to dry Cilantro

I sometimes have fresh cilantro left over from cooking a Mexican dish.  I don’t like to let it go to waste after lingering in the refrigerator for a few days.  Cilantro dries very nice and stays green afterward.  Some herbs that are green can turn brown or black when dried but cilantro stays green. I…

Cake Spice Blend Recipe

A couple of Christmases ago, I was shopping in a discount grocery.  I ran across a small bottle of cake spice. That was it’s name just “cake spice.”  I looked at the ingredients on the bottle to see what was in it.  This was different then what I expected so I bought the little dollar…

Apple Pie Spice Recipe

One of things that is important when you have a low budget to cook with is to keep a good assortment of spices. Using spices and herbs can really add flavor to a recipe. Some of those spices you can find inexpensively in little cellophane bags or at the dollar store in small plastic containers….