Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Spice of Life

Around the Holiday Season I began paying attention to all the additives, fillers, and preservatives in the products I was using to season our meals and baked goodies (you know, like toss in a packet of Onion Soup Mix, use a packet of this and that...) I'd like to say that I was a little "familiar" with all the extra's - as in, I don't tend to buy frozen meals for the single reason that they are all loaded with WAY more sodium than we need to ingest in 1 meal... But, that's about it.

With the invention of Pinterest I began noticing a lot of people pinning recipe's for "homemade" pre-mixed seasonings and decided to check in out! Turns out, making your own mixes is more cost effective AND you know exactly what you're putting into your food! GRANTED I understand why all the preservatives are added to products (longer shelf life?!) and in certain instances it's a great blessing to have a quick solution to kitchen-slavery =) But for the products I use frequently (taco seasoning and onion soup) I'd rather make my own!

Okay, yes, my photo taking skill are pretty awful, I apologize for that! I also forgot to make note of which groups were for which mixes - oops! Fortunately I have all the links to the recipes!

Start-up cost might seem a little steep after first... but I found most of the spices I needed were already in my cabinet. Hobby Lobby was having a sale on their glass jars (50% off! And that's a one time only purchase) and I used some labels I already had on hand!

When I did this project back in November I needed Pumpkin Pie Spice, Onion Soup, Taco/Fajita Seasoning, and Ranch dressing. Based on how much I needed for a recipe I either made a single batch of the homemade mixes, but mostly I doubled them. I'm currently all out of my taco/fajita seasoning and probably should get some made asap (I could eat Mexican food every day of the week, not entirely sure my hubby would appreciate that tho!)

Have fun mixing!

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