One way I’ve learned to save money in the kitchen is to make some of the recipe ingredients and condiments I need myself.
You don’t have to buy things like taco seasoning, buttermilk and spreadable butter already made because chances are you already have the what you need in your kitchen to make them.
For instance, I make my own spreadable butter when I want some. I always have cooking oil in my pantry and butter in the refrigerator. That’s all it takes to make your own spreadable butter. You just soften a stick of butter and blend it with 1/2 cup of canola or olive oil in a blender or food processor.
It’s a little thin to begin with but once you put it in the fridge it becomes perfectly spreadable.
I also make my own buttermilk for recipes. Have you priced buttermilk lately? It’s expensive, especially if you don’t use a lot of it. So, I add 1 T. of vinegar to 1 cup of milk and let it sit for a few minutes. Voila! You have buttermilk for your recipe.
I also have started making my own taco seasoning. I don’t have my own recipe for it but Jessica at Life As Mom’s Taco Seasoning recipe is a good one.
My husband and I have been known to make our own special sauce for burgers as well by mixing mayonnaise, ketchup and pickle relish together.
You can even make your own brown sugar.
So the next time you need an ingredient for a recipe or condiment to add to a meal, take a look around your kitchen and see if you can make it yourself.
And since we’re talking food, here’s what we’ll be eating this week. I defrosted my freezer last week and will be doing some freezer cooking this week to fill it back up. I normally don’t do this much baking in a week. I found large cans of pumpkin on sale at Publix recently for .99 cents each so will be using some of that for this month’s baking.
Breakfast: Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread (may make this as muffins), Homemade Cereal Bar Cookies, eggs & toast
Beef with Broccoli, brown rice
Sloppy Joes & fries
Baked chicken, potatoes, salad
Thanks for joining me for 29 Days of Frugal Living. Stop by tomorrow for another idea as we learn to make the most of what we’ve been given.
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