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Spicy Mustard Ranch Mix

Another spice mix that will be a wonderful addition to your home store.  Use as a salad dressing, veggie dip, chip dip and even as a sauce for a yummy baked chicken dish.

Zingy Mustard Ranch Mix
Recipe Type: Condiment
Author: iVillage.com
Prep time: 5 mins
Total time: 5 mins
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk powder
  • 1/4 cup dried parsley
  • 1 Tbs dried chives
  • 2 tsp dried dill
  • 2 tsp dried whole basil leaves
  • 2 tsp Dry Mustard
  • 2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
Instructions
  1. To make ranch dressing or dip, mix 1/2 cup mayonnaise and 1/2 cup milk (or buttermilk) with 2 to 3 tablespoons of the mix, depending on how strong you like it. This seasoning mix is great as a dry rub for fish or chicken, and you can also sprinkle it on hot buttered popcorn or oven fries.
Notes
Combine and store in an airtight container

 

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Stack of Pancakes Are you one who will buy frozen waffles, pancakes or French toast for the kids, just for the convenience of having them on a very busy morning where you might be running late?  I’m sure we all have.  But I hate how the ice crystals build up in them because they are packaged so poorly.  How about making your own for a mere fraction of the cost!

Stack of Waffles

One habit I have developed through my road to preparedness is almost always making large batches of anything I make.  If it’s meatloaf, instead of making one for dinner, I will make 4 and freeze 3.  It takes the same amount of time and you cut your cooking time by 1/4th because the next 3 meals need only to be reheated.   If I make soup, I make HUGE batches and can the leftovers so we can enjoy a quick, healthy and homemade meal without making it from scratch every time.  By doing this, you are saving yourself a lot time and having meals available if you suddenly find yourself in an emergency from power outages, storms or even having too much month left when the money is gone!  If you start thinking along these lines, you will be amazed how quickly and how much food you build up in your home store.

French-Toast w/a Heart

Now back to breakfasts.  I priced store-bought brands for these because they are less expensive than Eggos and other national brands.  But on average, even on sale, a 10-pack of store-brand waffles cost approximately $2.25.  Pancakes prices the same.  If you will simply make you own waffle or pancake mix from scratch using your own recipe or from my Master Pancake/Waffle Mix Recipe  and take an extra 30 minutes to an hour, you can fill your freezer with them for only pennies.

Here is exactly how I freeze mine.  This is one option.  To keep ice crystals from building;

1) Allow them to cool;  2) Lay them in a single layer on a cookie sheet and place them in your freezer until they freeze; 3) Bring them out and wrap them tightly in plastic wrap to prevent crystals from forming.  Or the best way is vacuum seal them in a FoodSaver if you have one.  I put mine together 2 or 4 in a bag so I can grab only what I need.

 

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teriyaki-sauceHow many dishes do you make that calls for teriyaki sauce?  If you don’t already use this delicious, sweet and spicy condiment, you should look at your chicken or beef at a different angle.  This sauce is one of my families favorites.   This is a great addition to your home store.

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce
Recipe Type: Sauce
Author: PrepperPenny
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 5 mins
Total time: 10 mins
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce – Make your own with my recipe linked below
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 5 tablespoons packed brown sugar – Make your own with my recipe linked below
  • 1 -2 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
Instructions
  1. Mix everything EXCEPT cornstarch and 1/4 C of your water in a sauce pan and begin heating.
  2. Mix cornstarch and cold water in a cup and dissolve. Add to sauce in pan.
  3. Heat until sauce thickens to desired thickness.
  4. Add water to thin it if you prefer
  5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for at least 6 months.

Make your own Soy Sauce.  Get the recipe by clicking here.

Make your own Brown Sugar.  Get the recipe by clicking here.

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Dry Italian Spice MixSpice mixes are one of my especially favorite homemade products that I keep in my home store.  This recipe in particular is an all-time favorite.   If you are an avid or prolific gardener, you could literally grow nearly every ingredient here, except for the pepper and salt.  Grow your herbs, dry or dehydrate them and you know you are using organic or pesticide free ingredients.  I typically quadruple this recipe so I always have it available.  For me, it’s all about stocking my home store for cost savings, health and convenience.  This recipe meets all these standards.  Using this recipe also saves you money over the store-bought envelopes.  And you control the ingredients!

I will post a great Italian beef sandwich recipe soon.  It’s a recipe my family absolutely loves.  And it’s incredibly easy using this spice mix.

 

Dry Italian Seasoning Mix
Recipe Type: Spice Mix
Cuisine: Italian
Author: PrepperPenny
Prep time: 5 mins
Total time: 5 mins
No need to buy commercially produced spice blends. You can make them yourself. Plus, you can adjust the spices to make it unique to personal taste!
Ingredients
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Onion Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Basil
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon Celery Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Salt
Instructions
  1. Combine ingredients and store in and airtight container.
Notes
To Make Italian Dressing 1/4 Cup Balsamic Vinegar ~ 1/3 Cup Canola Oil ~ 2 Tablespoons Water ~2 Tablespoons of Mix. Combine and shake vigorously. . . . Enjoy!

 

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Spice Mixes

Making your own spice blends has many advantages.  They are usually less expensive than commercial brands.  You control the ingredients so you have control of things like sodium content.  Homemade is usually much richer with deeper flavors and you are working to add to your own home store.

 

Homemade Fajita Mix
Cuisine: Mexican
Author: PrepperPenny
Prep time: 5 mins
Total time: 5 mins
Don’t buy it in those envelopes. They are expensive. Besides, this mix is much better, flavorful, easy and cheap to make.
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 teaspoonCumin; ground
  • 1/2 teaspoonOregano; dried, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoonSalt
  • 1/4 teaspoonRed pepper; ground
  • 1/4 teaspoonBlack pepper; ground
  • 1/8 teaspoonGarlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoonOnion powder
Instructions
  1. Simply combine all ingredients in an airtight container, shake to mix and store as you would with any other spice mix. Use exactly as you would for the pre-made stuff.

 

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homemade ketchupWe all have them.  Quite a variety of them.  I’m talking condiments.  No respectable home grocery store would be worth anything without the magnificent flavors we all grew up on and rely on every day of our lives.  Learning to make your own spices, condiments and such are just as important as learning to make all the other healthy and delicious foods you used to buy ~ without all the processing and additives.  Today, I am proud to share this recipe to make your own ketchup.  As with most of the recipes I post, you can always adjust the spices to create your own blend that your family will love more than those in the grocery isle.  It’s these types of recipes which dictate much of the garden I grow in the summer.  Most of the ingredients in making ketchup can be grown in your garden, even if it’s in containers on a balcony.  Doing this will only enhance the layer of flavors and allow you to truly know what is going into the foods your family eats.  I hope you enjoy this very simple, yet delicious recipe.

To make it even more homemade, you can even make your own brown sugar used in this and all recipes calling for it.  See how easy it is to make yourself by clicking here.

Homemade Ketchup
Recipe Type: Condiment
Author: Alana Chernila
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 40 mins
Total time: 55 mins
Serves: 4 1/2 cups
Building your own home store is one of the healthiest and most frugal way to feed your family. Plus, it’s a lot of fun!
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 C. Diced Onion (1 large)
  • 5 Cloves Minced Garlic
  • 6 Pounds Ripe Tomatoes (Peeled, Seeded and Cored or three 28-ounce cans tomatoes, drained)
  • 3 tsp Kosher Salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1 Tbsp Celery Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Dry Mustard
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Chili Powder (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Pepper
  • 1/4 C Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 C Distilled White Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Packed Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until they are translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute ~ stir constantly.
  2. Add tomatoes, sale, paprika, cinnamon, cloves, celery salt, cumin, dry mustard, chili powder, and ground pepper and simmer while covered, stirring occasionally for about 20 minutes.
  3. Blend until smooth with an immersion blender or transfer to an upright blender and puree until smooth. If you transferred into a blender, return to pot.
  4. Add the vinegard, brown sugar and honey. Cook over medium heat, uncovered, stirring often until the ketchup thickens (about 30 mins)
  5. Adjust salt, pepper and chili powder to tast.
  6. To Freeze some of your batch, be sure to allow it to cool completely before transferring to containers.
  7. FRIDGE: Covered container, 2 weeks
  8. FREEZER: Store in a freezer-safe, airtight container for 6 months. Or you can pour into vacuum seal bag, allow to freeze, then vacuum the air out and return to freezer.
  9. CANNING: Allow 1/2 inch head-space, process 30 minutes in a water bath canner

 

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PrepperPenny's GranolaBuilding up my home store saves me money, time and allows me to control the ingredients my family is exposed to.  With a 3 year old and 5 year old, cereal is a given.  But who really wants to pour unhealthy, refined sugary food out for them?  Not this nana!  Here is a delicious and healthy alternative that my children love.

Homemade Granola Cereal
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Author: PrepperPenny
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 90 mins
Total time: 1 hour 45 mins
Serves: 15
Avoid refined sugar and eat healthier. Not just for adults, children love this sweet alternative to commercial cereals, too.
Ingredients
  • 10 C. Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 3/4 C. Toasted & Chopped Walnuts or Pecans or combination of both
  • 2 C. Almonds
  • 1 C. Shredded Coconut
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 3/4 C. Canola Oil
  • 1 C. Maple Syrup or Honey or combination of both
  • 1 Tbsp. Mollasses
  • 2 Tbsp Vanilla Extract *See recipe to make your own
  • 1 tsp Almond Extract
  • Optional: Dried Fruit
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 250*
  2. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients
  3. In a separate bowl, mix all the liquid ingredients.
  4. Pour liquids into dry ingredients and mix until everything is incorporated well.
  5. Transfer the combined ingredients into a jelly-roll pan or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. (This is a large batch and will likely take several pans) Spread granola evenly on each pan,
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, stir granola and return to the oven for another 30 minutes. Repeat one more time until they have cooked for a total of 90 minutes.
  7. Turn off your oven but allow them to sit inside the oven overnight. They will harden and become very crisp.
  8. Transfer granola into an airtight container where you can add raisins or other dried fruit of your choice. Dehydrated pineapple is delicious with this recipe.
  9. Stores for 4 weeks in your pantry or in the freezer for 6 months.

 

*See my video on how to make your own Vanilla extract here.

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