Ok, I know this is a random post after having been silent for so long. I’m not even going to try to promise to do better. I will try!
I spent today trying to track down all my recipes for homemade mixes. I have some in my gmail, some on index cards, some on pinterest boards, etc. I decided to put them all here, in one place, so I know where to find them easily.
Taco seasoning mix, Italian dressing mix, Ranch dressing mix, Greek seasoning and Cream of chicken soup mix.
The mix that I go through the most of is taco seasoning mix. It is so easy to throw together, and SO much better than the store bought packets! I usually multiply the recipe by 10 and make a really large amount and store in a pint mason jar. (The measurements in parenthesis are the amounts when multiplied by 10) I use 2-3 T. when a recipe calls for taco seasoning mix. I also sometimes add jalapeno, habanero or cayenne pepper to the mix, depending on who I’m cooking for.
- 1 tablespoon chili powder (10 T.)
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (2.5 t.)
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder (2.5 t.)
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (2.5 t.)
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano (2.5 t.)
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika (5 t.) = (1 T. + 2 t.)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin (15 t.) = (3 T.)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt (10 t.) = (3 T. + 1 t) *I reduce this
- 1 teaspoon black pepper (10 t.) = (3 T. + 1 t)
Italian dressing mix is another often used mix. Making it myself just tastes SO much better than the little packets. It is also quite a bit less expensive when you make it on your own! I have a smaller container for this, so I don’t usually double this one…it’s just what fits in my jar! I sometimes cut down on the sugar in this. I use 2 T. when a recipe calls for a packet.
ITALIAN DRESSING MIX
- 1 T. sugar
- 1 T. garlic powder
- 1 T. onion powder
- 2 t. oregano
- 1/4 t. thyme
- 1 T. parsley
- 1 T. salt
- 1 t. pepper
- 1 t. basil
Another staple in my cupboard is homeade Ranch dressing mix. My favorite is one that uses buttermilk powder, so that is the one I use the most. I use 3 T. when I find a recipe that calls for a packet. (I got this recipe from here)
RANCH DRESSING MIX
- ⅓ cup dry buttermilk powder
- 3 tablespoons dried parsley flakes, divided
- 2 ½ teaspoons granulated garlic
- 2 ½ teaspoons granulated onion
- 2 teaspoons dried onion flakes
- 2 teaspoons dried dill weed
- 2 teaspoons dried chives
- 1 ½ teaspoons kosher or sea salt
- 1 teaspoon cracked or ground black pepper
And this one is fairly new …I just made it today! I plan on using it to make OPA! fries…mmmmmmm.
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons dried basil
2 teaspoons dried Greek oregano
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried rosemary, minced
1 teaspoon dried dill weed
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
And finally, I made a big jar of homemade cream of chicken soup mix. I have been making this stuff since our seminary days (that goes all the way back to the early ‘90s!) I also make a batch using beef bullion if I’m going to want cream of mushroom soup for beef based meals.
CREAM OF CHICKEN SOUP MIX
- 2 c non-fat dried milk
- 1.5 c cornstarch
- 1/2 c chicken bouillon powder
- 1/2 cup minced onions (dried)
- 1 t pepper
To make 1 can of cream of chicken soup, mix 1/3 cup dry mix with 1 1/4 cups of water. Whisk together in saucepan, and stir til it boils and is thickened. Add it to the recipe that calls for cream of chicken soup.