Put a Little Frugal Spice into your Life. 


Being Frugal requires an imagination, time and patience.  Putting time onto some preparation in the kitchen can save you some money on expensive spice blends in the grocery store.

I have discovered some spice recipes for some spice blends to get you started on adding spice to your frugal adventure.

All Purpose Spice Mix


1/3 cup Grated parmesan cheese

1/4 cup Sesame seeds

2 Tablespoon Paprika

1 Tablespoon Poppy seeds

1 chicken bouillon cube

2 teaspoon Dried parsley

1 teaspoon Onion flakes

1 ½ teaspoons Garlic powder

1 teaspoon Celery seed

1/2 teaspoon Salt

1/2 teaspoon Pepper


First take the bouillon cube and crush it.  Place it into a cute jar, preferably one that you found at a second hand store with a screw top lid.  Add the other ingredients, shake the mix.  If you have children, young and old, this can be a fun activity for all ages, especially the shaking part.  Please store this in the refrigerator and it will keep for about four months.  You can use this to blend on almost anything, hence the “All Purpose” title, such as pork, turkey, beef, chicken, fish, stews, hot dishes, salads and vegetables.   Whatever you use it on be proud of your creation and your choice to live a frugal life.

Onion Soup Mix

2 cups powdered milk

3/4 cup cornstarch

1/4 cup beef bouillon crystals

2 Tablespoons dried onion flakes

1 teaspoon dried basil leaves, crushed

Mix and store in an air tight container in refrigerator.

To prepare:  Mix 1/3 cup dry Onion Soup Mix with 1 1/2 cups water. Cook and stir until thickened.


Italian Dressing Mix

2 teaspoons oregano

1 teaspoon onion powder

2 teaspoons basil

2 teaspoons paprika

1 1/2 teaspoons pepper

2 Tablespoons garlic powder

6 Tablespoons granulated sugar

Mix and store in an airtight container.


To make dressing: Use 3 Tablespoon mix with 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil and 1/2 cup wine vinegar.


Ranch Dressing Mix


15 saltine crackers

1 cup dry parsley

1/2 cup dry onions

2 Tablespoons thyme

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

1/2 teaspoon onion salt

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder


Blend all the ingredients until there are small crumbs.  The Ranch Dressing mix that you have just made will keep for one year in a container that is air tight.  To use the ranch dressing mix, blend 1 cup of Mayonnaise, 1 cup of buttermilk and 1 tablespoon of ranch dressing mix.


Enjoy your new creations my frugal friend.

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