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    • #266002

      in the land of frugal i have learned it is soooooooooo easy to make almost anything homemade,
      i make a huge batch of speghetti sauce, freeze them in meal size containers, my own spice mixes, baking mixes, noodles, bread, simmering potpourri, etc etc
      i rarely by “premade” anymore,
      the bread machine we bought saves soooooooo much money because i pack hubbies lunch everyday for work.
      I also found an amazing store on ebay where i can buy spices in bulk at a great price and no matter how many i get the shipping price is the same.

      We purchased a food saver earlier this summer and boy it is a real saver, i use it for almost everything. if i cook a turkey i freeze them with a few days worth in it if i want to make turkey salad for lunches or i can use it to cook with.

    • #402776

      I think it is amazing how easy it is to make things homemade. It really is not that time consuming either. As my boyfriend says it may take you maybe ten minutes longer to make it homemade but its well worth the wait.

    • #402777

      Also, once you get into the habit of making things yourself, it really doesn’t take much time. I use a bread machine, too. It takes me under 5 minutes to get it going in the morning before starting home school with my daughters, and we have fresh bread daily.

      That machine is my favorite kitchen tool.

    • #402710

      I started being frugal a few years back out of necessity, but now it is totally for personal preference and choice. The difference and personal satisfaction to me is awesome. Frugal is not being cheap, we all know that.

      I ‘can’ foods not only to stockpile and save a few pennies, but also to eliminate the salt and other preservatives found in most everyday foods. I also freeze and dehydrate foods so that nothing is wasted.

      Being a guy I am also using my late mother’s sewing machine (don’t tell anyone) to make my own repairs. I may not get beyond that, but ‘that’ is an accomplishment.

    • #402783

      exactly, my husband LOVES the things i make, he says he looks forward to coming home to find out what i have come up with now lol. We are able to eat healthier too.

    • #402784

      I would love to can . I havent gotten that far yet but i cant wait. It will probably be next year before i do it.

      I have some physical limitations right now and hopefully they will be resolved by then. Hey for a guy to do all that its great. Not all men dont do stuff lol, my husband cooks, cleans, does laundry etc.

    • #402785

      If any of you would like the site for the spices and such let me know, most of them are in almost quart size containers and the majority of them are less than 6.00. Shipping is 5.95 no matter how many you get . I believe it said that they have 150 spices and herbs

    • #402787

      I wish I could make everything homemade too! I love to cook but all I have time for after a full day of work and night classes with grad school is to make something that doesn’t take more than 15 minutes. And on the weekends, I’ll usually go all out and make fancier meals…

      but other than that, I really don’t have the time. I know you say its cheaper too but to me, cooking homemade food (at least all my recipes) have so many ingredients that cost so much for just the two of us, that it’s cheaper to buy something semi-homemade.

    • #402882

      i too come from the land of frugal and have found that the more you make homemade the more critical you are when you actually do get to go out…after all no one makes it as good as mom 🙂 I would love to know your source for spices!

      Thanks! Jaime

    • #402904

      Becca, I know what you mean about being so busy. I, too, work full time with a second part-time job and go to grad school. There are days when I leave before 7 and don’t get home until 11 that night.

      I still manage to make some homemade things, but usually on the weekends. I try to cook alot on Sunday and pack it up for quick reheating during the week. Also, the slow cooker and bread maker have been my lifeline.

      Start small and you will find that you enjoy the benefits so much that you’ll try to schedule time. Take Care – Christina

    • #403028

      Um, how can we get the name of the spice store? I can’t figure out how to email you.

      🙁

      Heather

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    • #403042

      oh i dont know why it put singers, movies and such on that one. the name of the store on ebay is spice express lol

    • #403043

      well the first link will take you right to it. i guess cause maybe they do other stuff to . i hope you all enjoy it and it helps.
      kristina

    • #403031

      Thanks so much Kristina! It looks great. I’m gonna pass it on to my sis.
      Heather

    • #403089

      Thanks Kristina…sorry about the e-mail thing:)

    • #407427

      pleeeeeease oh pleeeeeeeeeeze… can i have the name of that site that you get your spices from???? thank you so much.

    • #407428

      oops.. guess i should have read the ENTIRE post first.. ty

    • #407430

      I get all my spices from PENZEYS Spices Home Page

    • #407433

      I love this thread! It is so nice to hear that others are into ‘making from scratch’. Our son was diagnosed as hyper-active at age 5.

      He was put on Ritalin & after 2 years of side affects I took him to a specialist that put him on a diet of no sugar, no food coloring, & no preservatives. WE started at that point to cook everthing from scratch. Within 3 dayss we could see a major change in him.

      To this day he & his wife cook mostly from scratch. Thank you WhitedoveK for the link, it is now in my favorites. By the way home made enchilada sauce is so much better than the canned, will never use canned again.

    • #407457

      I make everything homemade, no convenience foods at all. the closest I come to convenience foods is occasional use of Cream of Chicken soup for a casserole! I also make it all whole grain!

      I’ve converted all my kids over too! My son went out to eat with friends and they all thought the food was great but my poor DS couldn’t stand to et it! He hadn’t had white rice in over 3 years and after eating brown rice all the time he couldn’t handle the white pasty rice stuff!

    • #407468

      Whitedovek, I would love to know the site for those spices in bulk. Please post it!

    • #407482
      Quote:
      by the way home made enchilada sauce is so much better than the canned, will never use canned again.

      do you have a recipe for your enchilada sauce ?
      would like to try this one.

    • #407485

      @mcnerd 97195 wrote:

      I get all my spices from penzeys spices home page

      could you explain about “mural of flavor” how much do you use. and how long does this spice last for you ?

    • #407486

      As written on their website:
      Mural of Flavor blends over a dozen spices and herbs, creating a wall (hence mural) of flavor so delicious, there’s no need to add salt. Try it on chicken, fish, pork, and beef. Add it to soups, rice and potatoes.

      Shake it over tomatoes, corn, popcorn and scrambled eggs. Hand mixed from shallots, onion, garlic, thyme, rosemary, basil, coriander, lemon peel, citric acid, black pepper, chives, green peppercorns, dill weed, and orange peel.

      To find a particular spice, click on choose a category. They have hundreds and hundreds of spices. What I love about ordering from them is they always include a small jar of some specialty spice.

      It forces you to try something new which is always a treat.

    • #407491

      mcnerd Awsome,

      I’ll have to go back and check this one out. Thanks again.

    • #407492

      mcnerd,

      Thanks again I went back into this site

      Quote:
      penzeys spices home page

      and they have alot of great recipes too. :clap:

    • #407525

      I would like the name of the ebay store you can buy spices in bulk!
      Thanks
      Sarah

    • #407537

      @FruGal 97330 wrote:

      Whitedovek, I would love to know the site for those spices in bulk. Please post it!

      sure no problem it is ebay store – spice express: movies television, pp other, singers
      their spices are great

    • #407538

      I dont know why it put all the other stuff at the end of it. but it is ebay store spice express.

    • #407539

      there is a great recipe site called allrecipes. i got my enchilada sauce recipe from there. it is great.

    • #407621

      Whitedovek, would you mind sharing the website for the bulk spices with me please? I would really appreciate it! 🙂

    • #407623

      Whitedovek already provided the link to the eBay Store. Go back a couple comments.

    • #407857

      whitedovek thank you so very much for sharing the ebay spice store with us. I am going to pass it along to my brother. I’m in hopes that he’ll want to go in half with me when I go to order. :041: Have a blessed day all!!

      Hugs,
      Syndy:054::055::060::occasion16:

    • #407863

      I cook homemade everyday. It’s cheaper on us, and we know what flavors we like, so it can be made to our taste. I love to can, and have been canning for years, learned from my mothers before me, to me they have more expereince than anyone. It has saved us a ton of money too. It takes alittle more work sometimes, but well worth it later on. McNerd thanks for the post for the spice store, I do like that one, they have everything. This is a great post, lots of great ideas going on here, love it.

    • #407865

      Oh by the way, McNerd, do you order from this company often? I’m trying to decide if I should start order online or if I should keep looking around in the stores like I do now. Sometimes buying in bulk is better, depends on the spice and how often I use it.

    • #407892

      I got the enchilada sauce recipe from Allrecipes.com. Of course DH modified to our taste (spicier). Easy to make.

    • #407982

      I luck out and have a farmers market about a mile away. I can get fruits and veggies and all in the summer. I bought my lavender plant there this year and the thing is still green!!! It hasent gone to hibernation at all. All year around I can get fresh meats and there is a spice shop whear I can get my spices. now all I need is some nicer spice containers than the plastic cups she sells in.

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    • #415632

      what is the store that you use on ebay for spices?

    • #415622

      On ebay it is usually the “Spice Express”, but most of my spices I purchase from Penzey’s Spices online since they have some of the best and I enjoy their freeby gifts.

    • #415644

      I made some beef stew seaoning mix and it was awesome. Today I made a batch of kitchen bouquet. It turned out great. All this is new to me. I just started being frugal and this sight is fantastic.

    • #415668

      what did you put in your beef stew seasoning? can you post the recipe. I too am new and am trying everything to really make a dent on our spending.

    • #415686

      This is my recipe:

      Beef Stew Seasoning Mix

      2 cups all-purpose flour
      4 teaspoons oregano
      2 tablespoons basil
      4 1/4 tablespoons salt
      4 1/4 tablespoons black pepper
      4 1/4 tablespoons garlic powder
      4 1/4 tablespoons paprika
      1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
      2 tablespoons celery seed
      4 1/4 tablespoons onion powder
      2 teaspoons rosemary

      Mix all ingredients well in a bowl. Pour into a jar with a tight-fitting lid.

    • #415713

      I used the same recipe as Mcnerd. Awesome

    • #416023

      I had printed out some recipes on how to make cream of soups it has baggies of powder stuff then you added milk to it and it was much healthier than the can stuff, but now I cant find it :076: does anyone have any recipes?

    • #416381

      @mcnerd 89727 wrote:

      I started being frugal a few years back out of necessity, but now it is totally for personal preference and choice. The difference and personal satisfaction to me is awesome. Frugal is not being cheap, we all know that.

      I ‘can’ foods not only to stockpile and save a few pennies, but also to eliminate the salt and other preservatives found in most everyday foods. I also freeze and dehydrate foods so that nothing is wasted.

      Being a guy I am also using my late mother’s sewing machine (don’t tell anyone) to make my own repairs. I may not get beyond that, but ‘that’ is an accomplishment.

      Man you’re way better at this than I am! Do you know I don’t even know how to turn a sewing machine on?? Canning vegetables is so beyond my frame of reference.

      Like that song from the 90s–“peaches come in a can, they were put there by a man who works in a factory downtown.” That’s definitely my view. I’m trying to learn and change–it’s totally awesome you’re already there!

      you rock

    • #416398

      @katjane 109604 wrote:

      I had printed out some recipes on how to make cream of soups it has baggies of powder stuff then you added milk to it and it was much healthier than the can stuff, but now I cant find it :076: does anyone have any recipes?
      here’s mine that is a mix for the cream soup base and then you add whatever ingredient you want for the rest.

      cream soup mix (replacement for cream of ___ soups)

      1 cup powdered milk
      3/4 cup cornstarch
      1/4 cup instant bouillon granules
      2 tablespoons dried onion flakes
      1 teaspoon basil
      1 teaspoon thyme
      1/2 teaspoon pepper

      Mix all the ingredients together.
      Store in an airtight container.

      NOTES : For the equivalent of 1 can of cream soup, mix 1/3 cup of dry mix with 1 1/4 cups of cold water. Cook in sauce pan until thick. Makes the equivalent of nine cans of cream soup.

      .
      and a fat free version

      fat free cream soup (base)

      2 cups powdered milk — nonfat
      3/4 cup cornstarch
      1/4 cup instant vegetable bouillon — (or less)
      2 tablespoons dried onion flakes
      1 teaspoon dried basil
      1 teaspoon dried thyme

      To use: combine 1/3 of dry mix with 1 1/4 cups cold water. Cook and stir til thickened

      Description: “A great substitute for cream of anything soup”

    • #416409

      Don’t you just love the internet? Where people around the world can share tips and ideas to save each other time and money! It’s truly a small, small world!

      I love this site and sharing recipes and ideas. give some and get some. It’s great!

    • #416459

      Thank you. Isn’t ist amazing how ones brain can just…… stop.

      This should have been a fairly easy recipe to figure out, but not when your brain just freezes up lol.. thank you for posting mcnerd. btw…

      i love your no nonsense, logical approach to life.

    • #420492

      i agree with the bread machine! not only does it cost less to make your own, but since you can control what goes into it, it taste better too!

    • #420517

      I would love to know the website or seller for the spices. Thanks for posting this. Sam’s has great prices on large quantities of commonly used spices but they don’t carry a large selection.

      Thanks again, Dena

    • #420524

      The locations for acquiring many of the spices are mentioned in the discussions.

    • #420578

      You all are so right, I have been making everything “homemade”, it started with a sort of radiation treatment I had to have, I couldn’t have any salts or iodine-very restrictive diet, but when I took a look around my home, I realized that I could have my canned tomatoes, jams etc were all okay to eat. Now I feel so foolish, because I now take a whole chicken, roast it up, get 2 to 3 meals from it than I boil up the bones and I am now freezing up my chicken broth. I take one day every other week, and make up my breads, biscuits etc.

      But now I am going to have to get a recipe to make my baking mix. Also I grow some herbs in my kitchen window, so I am able to clip the herbs while I grow. Also most meals or times I make spaghetti sauce I freeze in advance!!!

      Boy does it save money and it doesn’t take that much extra time.

    • #420583

      Here’s a couple recipes for homemade Bisquick Mix and possibly omit the salt:

      Bisquick Mix

      8 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
      1 Tbsp. baking powder
      1 Tbsp. salt
      2 tsp.

      cream of tartar
      1 tsp. baking soda
      1 1/2 cups instant nonfat dry milk
      2 1/4 cups vegetable shortening

      In a large bowl, sift together all ingredients. Blend well. With pastry blender, cut in shortening until evenly distributed.

      Mixture will resemble cornmeal in texture.

      Put in a large airtight container. Label and store in a cool dry place.

      Use within 10 to 12 weeks.

      NOTES : Variation: Use 4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour and 4 1/4 cups whole-wheat flour instead of 8 1/2 cups all-purpose flour. Increase baking powder to 2 tablespoons.

      .
      Bisquick Mix (Low Fat)

      3 1/4 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
      1/2 cup sugar
      1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
      1/2 cup cornstarch
      1 tablespoon baking powder
      1 teaspoon baking soda
      1 1/2 teaspoons salt

      1. Mix together.
      2. Cover tightly and store.
      3.

      Use water, buttermilk or skim milk to moisten.

    • #426459

      i really think spices make or break a recipe would love the link info thanks!

    • #436070

      @mcnerd 109016 wrote:

      This is my recipe:

      Beef Stew Seasoning Mix

      2 cups all-purpose flour
      4 teaspoons oregano
      2 tablespoons basil
      4 1/4 tablespoons salt
      4 1/4 tablespoons black pepper
      4 1/4 tablespoons garlic powder
      4 1/4 tablespoons paprika
      1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
      2 tablespoons celery seed
      4 1/4 tablespoons onion powder
      2 teaspoons rosemary

      Mix all ingredients well in a bowl. Pour into a jar with a tight-fitting lid.

      this recipe sounds better than the one i’ve got..gonna try this one when i have beef stew again.

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