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Frugal Fridays

Today I would like to share one of my favorite grocery savings. I never buy pre-packaged seasoning mixes anymore since finding these recipes. They are from the cookbook Mennonite Country-Style Recipes by Esther Shank. The whole cookbook is really great, but these seasoning mixes are hands-down the recipes I have used most from this book. I love them because they are made from spices and herbs that nearly everyone already has in their pantry so you don't need to spend extra $$ on the pre-packaged mixes--plus they taste GREAT! They are much more flavorful, in my personal opinion. So here they are.....enjoy!


2 tsp. instant minced onion

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp. cornstarch

1/2 tsp. crushed dried red pepper

1/2 tsp. instant minced garlic

1/2 tsp. ground cumin

1/4 tsp. dried oregano

Combine in a small bottle. Label. May store for up to 6 months.

To use: Brown 1 lb. hamburger; drain. Add seasoning mix and 1/2 cup water; simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.


1 Tbls. flour

2 Tbls. instant minced onion

1 1/2 tsp. chili powder

1 tsp. seasoned salt

1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper

1/2 tsp. instant minced garlic

1/2 tsp. sugar

1/2 tsp. ground cumin

Combine in a small bottle. Label. May store for up to 6 months.


1 Tbls. instant minced onion

1 Tbls. parsley flakes

1 Tbls. cornstarch

2 tsp. green pepper flakes

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. sugar

3/4 tsp. Italian seasoning (oregano, basil, rosemary, thyme, sage, marjoram)

1/4 tsp. instant minced garlic

Combine in a small bottle. Label. May store for up to 6 months.

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Laura said…
These are great recipes. Thanks for sharing them!
Mom2fur said…
Thanks for sharing these. The nice thing about recipes like this is that you almost always have most ingredients on hand--no running to the store! And there's no 'mystery' ingredients to deal with, either.
Anonymous said…
I just love making mixes ahead of time for later. great recipes. I have a make a mix cookook that has been handy for me.

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