Creating your own homemade mixes is simple & saves tons of money. Labeling them for use is just as easy. Here are several different methods for adding labels to your homemade mixes. Before I start making mixes, I generally gather all the ingredients I need for each mix, mainly because I like to make 5 or so of each mix at a time. If you’re making the mixes for your own personal use, the easiest & most time effective way to label your mixes is to simply write the directions directly on the baggie itself, like this:
As you can see from the photo, these are Beef Gravy Mixes. All I’ve written on the baggies are the ingredients necessary to complete the recipe. Add 2 t. butter and 1 c. water. Since I already know “How” to make gravy, it’s not necessary to include the instructions. To save time, this is how I complete Most of the mixes for my own use. If you’re considering giving the item as a gift or sharing it with friends, or, if you’re making mixes that you’ll need directions to prepare, you might want to make labels and attach them. Self-Stick Labels: Easy Method: Make labels that self-adhere, simply print them on self-adhesive mailing labels, such as address labels. The size of the label needed is dependent on the size of the baggie or jar you are using for storage. I happened to find a box of 2500 2″x4″ Avery Address labels for $2.00 at OfficeMax last year. So I print all of my labels using those. Since I use various size baggies, based on the size of the recipe, I simply cut the labels to fit each baggie.
Here you can see the individual labels on the baggies with complete instructions for preparation. I used 2″x4″ Avery Address labels and made 4 tags per Label.
Then I cut each label within the sheet in 1/4’s (which makes 4 tags per label, or 40 tags per sheet). Place the unused labels in a ziploc baggie & put them away until needed. If you don’t want to use self-adhesive tags, you can hand write the directions on a small note card or index card and attach it with a small piece of ribbon or yarn.
Since we use our mixes relatively fast, I don’t bother to add a “Use by” date. If you’re giving a mix as a gift, a good rule of thumb is to add a note to ‘Use within 6-8 weeks”. Most mixes will last at least 6 months without any issues, but it’s nice to use them while they’re fresh!