Friday, May 04, 2007

Frugal Fridays

I keep a few homemade mixes on hand. These mixes are inexpensive to make and keep well. To save time, or make it a little easier for any little helpers, you could prepackage these in the correct measurment size. I put mine in a sealed container with the directions taped to the top.

Chicken Flavored Rice Mix (makes about 4 cups of mix)

4 cups uncooked long-grain rice

4 tablesppons instant chicken bouillon

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons dried tarragon

2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes

1/4 teaspoon white pepper.

Combine all ingredients and stir well.

Store in airtight containers in a cool dry place. Keeps 6-8 months.

To use: Combine 1 1/3 cup of mix, 2 cups cold water and 1 tablespoon butter or maragine. Bring to a boil and cook 15-25 minutes until liquid is absorbed makes 4-6 servings.

Sloppy Joe Seasoning Mix 1 batch

1 tablespoon instant minced onion

1 teaspoon green pepper flakes ( I use my own dried green pepper crushed)

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon garlic

1/4 teaspoon dry mustard ( I have used regular in a pinch. It takes about 1 teaspoon)

1/4 teaspoon celery seed

1/4/ teaspoon chili powder

Combine all ingredients and stir well.

To use: Combine:

1 pound lean ground beef

1 batch seasonig mix

1/2 c water

1 8oz can tomato sauce

Brown beef in a skillet. Drain excess grease. Add mix, water and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.

Makes 6 sandwiches.


Sherry said...

What? No MSG? LOL

These look great. Thanks

JoAnn said...

Thanks for sharing these. I already do the rice mix but I think I'll start doing the sloppy joes.

Carrie J said...

Sherry, no msg, no headaches either! Did you know they use msg to fatten cows?