Thursday, October 8, 2015

9 Pantry Staples That You Can Make At Home

There are tons of ways to be frugal. One of the areas we can always cut back on is our budget for grocery. Making your own pantry staples is probably the first smart move you can do. There's so many staples that you can make at home. These 9 pantry staples are my must haves, I always have it in my pantry. I made a freebie too! A pretty pantry label for you, download it and print it and adhere to your nice jars or containers. Don't forget to store the staples in an air tight container.

I also love cooking my own beans at home, it is very economical of course , free of any preservatives and sodium ( if you choose not to cook the beans with salt). Since the beans are freezer friendly,  there's also a free label printable for the beans. You can always use a good old marker to label the freezer bags but it just does not work for me, it just fades on me.

 

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Meat Rub


1/8 cup black pepper
1 tsp onion flakes 
2 tsp salt                                         
1/4 cup paprika                                           
1/4 cup brown sugar        
2 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper ( optional)

Mix all the ingredients in an air tight container. Use with BBQ recipes , pulled pork and pork chop recipes.


TACO SEASONING


1 tbsp Chili Powder 
1/4 tsp garlic powder         
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp paprika      
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp sea salt          
1/4 tsp crushed pepper

Mix all of the spices together in an airtight container.
** Add 2-3 tablespoons of the seasoning per pound of meat.
** For taco meat, cook until browned and then add the taco seasoning.
add a couple of tablespoons of water to the meat as well.
Let simmer for 5 minutes or so.

Try the homemade taco seasoning with these recipes :
Slow Cooker Tostada
Mexican Pizza
Lentil Tacos
Taco Bites
Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas
Pan Fried Bean and Cheese Burritos
 

 PANCAKE MIX



2 cups Whole wheat flour (can use white flour if don't have whole wheat)
8 cups white flour
1/2 cups baking Powder
1/4 cups sugar
2 tsp salt
2 cups shortening
3 cups old fashioned quick oat oatmeal

Mix all ingredients together ( using a pastry cutter). Store in air tight container. Can store for up to 6 months. This recipe can also be cut in half for smaller batches)

***  For Pancakes: ( they freeze well too)
2 Cups mix
1 c. Milk
2 eggs

Mix and drop onto prepared skillet.

*** For Waffles
2 C. mix
1 1/3 cups milk
1 egg
2 TBSP oil

Mix and place in prepared waffle iron until done.

*** For Biscuits
 Biscuits:
2 1/4 cups mix
2/3 cup milk

Mix and drop on greased cookie sheet. bake 450 degrees for 10-12 mins or until golden borwn
Buttermilk biscuits:
2 C. mix
3/4 cup buttermilk


RANCH DRESSING


2/3 cups mayo ( Ive used Greek yogurt in the past)
2 small cloves of garlic
1/2 cup buttermilk                                  
1 tsp dried dill ( or fresh dill)
1/2 cup sour cream                                   
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp dried parsley                                  
1 tsp salt

Mix all ingredients and store in air tight container. Can store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

BREADCRUMBS



White or whole wheat bread
FLAVORING : can use salt , herbs, Parmesan cheese , pepper, Italian Seasoning , garlic.

 Mix the cubed bread and chosen flavoring in the food processor. Grind the bread into fine or coarse depending on your preference. Store in airtight container in the fridge. They freeze well too.




SLOPPY JOE MIX
2 tbsp onion powder or dried onion
2 tbsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp celery seed

** This makes a batch of sloppy joe ( 1 packet).

Mix all the ingredients and store in air tight container.

To make  sloppy joes : . Add 1 cup ketchup, 1 tbsp.Worcestershire Sauce 1/2 cup water, and the seasoning mix to browned ( and drained) ground beef.  Add more ketchup or some water, until it reaches the desired consistency. Simmer for about 10 minutes.

DRY ONION SOUP MIX


2/3 cup dried, minced onion
3 teaspoons parsley flakes
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper


Mix all the ingredients and store in airtight container. 1 packet = 4 tbsp.


YELLOW CAKE MIX
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups milk
1/8 cup vegetable oil
1 stick butter, softened
1 tbsp vanilla extract
3 large eggs
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour


Measure flour into a container. Add sugar on top, then baking powder, then salt.   

***To make the cake
Place softened butter into your mixer and mix on medium for 1-2 minutes. Add your dry ingredients and let it incorporate. Add milk, oil, vanilla and eggs and mix  for about one minute.
Pour batter into prepare pans. Bake at 350. 20-25 minutes.


There's also a few blank labels, so you can use it on other jars.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0kDAFJS1oj6ejBLN3ZLNE5leUE/view?usp=sharing


SLOW COOKER BEANS


Wash / pick through the beans you wanted to cook. Put the beans in the slow cooker , cover with just enough water to cover the beans by about 3 inches. Beans absorbs a whole lot of water , so you may want to add water halfway through the cooking process. Cook on low for about 6-8 hrs. Do not over cook as you may want to cook it again with some recipes that you will use it on.

They are freezer friendly ,  pick a day of cooking your beans and freeze them for later use. This will save you money as well. A package of beans cost about .98 cents to $1.79  and it yields about 6-8 cups as compared to a can of beans ( store bought) that yields about 1 1/2 cups.

I usually measure up 2 cups of beans  and put them in a freezer zipper bags.


Check these recipes that use yummy and healthy beans : Recipes on a Budget

Here's your FREE FREEZER BEANS LABELS , print and use a clear packing tape to adhere onto the Ziploc bags.


https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0kDAFJS1oj6MnNPaEVfRDItS00/view?usp=sharing


https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0kDAFJS1oj6MnNPaEVfRDItS00/view?usp=sharing


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6 comments:

  1. I always use canned beans but I should try this!

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    1. I hope you'll love it! Thanks for stopping by..

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  2. Wow these are some great ideas! We always cook beans at home as we take beans as part of our meal daily. Thank you for sharing with us at #HomeMattersParty . We would love to have you again next week.

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    1. Will definitely stop by! Pleasure is mine..Have a great day!

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  3. This is awesome! Thank you for these recipes. I never even thought about making several of these myself. I can't wait to give it a try! :) Pinning now!

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  4. Tank you so much for this wonderful recipe.

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