Friday, September 28, 2012

100+ Recipes For Homemade Mixes & Seasoning Blends

Looking for a few ways to save money on your next grocery bill? Making your own pantry supplies is one way to shave those dollars!


You can whip up batches of homemade cake mix, Bisquick, Hamburger Helper, dry soups plus a whole lot more…even your own spice and seasoning blends.
Not only are these ideal for stocking up the pantry, many are also suitable for packaging as gifts in a jar (see this page [1] for more ideas). They also come in handy as a substitution for out-of-stock items when you’re in a pinch.
Here are over 100 goodies you can check out, you’ll find them separated into two groups for easier browsing. I’ve included a few recipes from the Baking Substitutes [2]and Herbs & Spices: Storage Tips Guide [3] pages.

Lots here folks, enjoy!

PS: This is just the start! As with all collections here on Tipnut, I’ll be adding more goodies as I come across them. You may want to bookmark this page for future reference, it’s sure to come in handy ;) .

Apple Cider: [4]
Bisquick – Biscuits – Baking Mix: [5] [6] [7] [8]
Bread: [9] (Cheddar/Herb) [10] [11] (machine)
Breadcrumbs (Seasoned): [12]
Brown Sugar:
3 cups Sugar (white) plus 1/4 cup Molasses, combine with your hands or a fork then store in an airtight container.
Brownies: [13] [14] [15]
Cake Mix:
Chocolate: [16]
Chocolate: [17]
Yellow: [18]
Yellow: [19]
White: [20]
White: [21]
Cocoa/Hot Chocolate: [22]
(Peppermint) [23] [24] [25]
Confectioners’ / Icing Sugar: [26]
Cornbread: [27] [28] [29]
Gluten-Free: [30]
Almond: [31]
Cake: Add two level tablespoons of corn starch to a one cup measuring cup, then fill with bread flour. Sift three times then use as needed.
Self-Rising: In a one cup measure, place 1 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt, then fill to top with flour.
Gingerbread: [32] [33]
Hamburger Helper: [34] [35]
Italian Salad Dressing: [36]
(Iced) [37]
(Assorted) [38]
Nesquick: [39]
Pancake: [40] [41] [42]
(Blueberry) [43]
(Buttermilk) [44]
Instant Pudding:
Vanilla: [45]
Vanilla: [46]
Chocolate: [47]
Chocolate: [48]
Ranch Dip & Dressing: [49] [50]
Rice-A-Roni: [51] [52] [53]
Shake ‘N Bake: [54] [55]
KFC Coating: [56]
Stuffing: [57] [58] (bottom of page) [59]
Dried Fruit & Herb: [60]
Chai: [61]
Chai: [62]
Spiced: [63]
Tortilla: [64] [65]


Cream Soup Substitute: [66] [67]
Instant Noodle: [68]
Onion: [69] [70]
Potato: [68]
Vegetable Noodle: [68]

Gin Soaked Raisins For Treating Arthritis Pain

Gin Soaked Raisins For Treating Arthritis Pain 

This home remedy was sent in by three different readers over the past year or so but I was hesitant to publish it since it involves consuming a bit of alcohol and I’m extra cautious with those…but I finally got a chance to do a bit of investigating and found some credible online sources who have declared that it can work for relieving arthritis pain (and why).
First, here’s the gist of the remedy (all three recipes were pretty much the same so I’ll combine them into one), I added the sources I researched underneath:
Example*Can make any amount you wish, this is just a rough guideline
  • 1 cup Golden or “White” raisins (can’t be any other kind)
  • Approximately 3/4 cup good quality Gin
  • Dump them into a glass or ceramic bowl (a large canning jar works too) then pour the alcohol over top until they are *just* covered (they must be fully covered).
  • Cover bowl with a piece of cheesecloth or a coffee filter (to keep out dust) and set it out of the way (keep at room temperature).
  • Leave for two weeks or until all the liquid has been absorbed by the fruit (minimum one week, top up with more if necessary).
  • Store them in a sealed glass jar and refrigerate.
  • Eat 9 of them each day, you can add them to a bowl of cereal if you don’t care for the taste of them on their own. You can also sprinkle with cinnamon to help with the taste.
  • May take 4 to 6 weeks of daily consumption before it starts working.
  • *Variation: One tip suggested eating 15 each day for the first two weeks, then drop to 9.
Who says it works? Dr. Oz himself [1] has declared this one a winner:
Verdict: It works! Drinking alcohol has been shown to cut the risks of developing rheumatoid arthritis in half. Gin is flavored by the juniper berry, which contains anti-inflammatory properties. Raisins contain ferulic acid, gentisic acid and salicylic acid – all natural pain relievers
Here’s an article from FoxNews [2] explaining in more detail why it can work, a brief quote (they also advise eating 10 a day):
The deductions here do not add up to an absolute guarantee that gin-soaked raisins will work to relieve your arthritis. But without question, there are enough anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving compounds in the golden raisins, the sulfur dioxide and the juniper gin to add up to a lot of very likely relief.
Thanks very much to Bill, Cheryl and Maria for sending this in (who each claimed it works for them or for a loved one), sorry I took my time posting it!
If you’re looking for a remedy that doesn’t contain alcohol, I do have a few here to try:
  • Eat tart cherries or drink sour cherry frequently.
  • Cinnamon & Honey: Each morning take 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon with 1 tablespoon of honey.
  • Fresh Ginger: Take a small piece of peeled, fresh ginger with breakfast, lunch and dinner (piece size about 1/2″).
  • Organic Apple Cider Vinegar & Honey: Each day take one tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with a large glass of water (warm).
Note: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice and is simply a collection of information that I’ve gathered.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

15 Best Herbal Tea Ingredients for Healing

A little help from Nature for those who can't afford (or in conjunction with) to see a doctor.
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15 Best Herbal Tea Ingredients for Healing

By Jackie Leavitt

Staring at a grocery store's wall of teas can be intimidating. There are so many options to scan before picking the one you will eventually ring through at the register. And every one has a different purpose, from soothing your throat to helping you lose weight to just tasting pretty darn good. Having recently been sick with a combination of allergies (due to the move cross country - there are so many new plants out here!) and what I assume is the common cold, instead of going out to buy a few teas for all my ailments, I concocted my own (ginger, garlic, rosemary, tumeric, oregano, plus a little local honey).

Making your own tea is surprisingly simple - it’s like making a soup, really. You just take a whole bunch of ingredients, chop them up, throw it all into a boiling pot of water for five to ten minutes, then strain the flavored water into your favorite mug.

The only thing you need to figure out is what ingredients you need. So based on my research, here are some of the most helpful tea ingredients (all found in your local health food store) to combat any ailments you might experience.

1. Ginger - Anti-viral. Containing nearly a dozen antiviral compounds, it is also pain-relieving, antiseptic, and antioxidant. Helps prevent and treats colds, sore throats, and inflamation of mucus membranes. It also reduces pain and fever and has a mild sedative effect that encourages rest.

2. Echinacea (leaves and flower petals) - Anti-bacterial. Increases levels of properdin, a chemical that activates part of the immune system responsible for increasing defence mechanisms against viral and bacterial attacks.

3. Garlic - Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal. Contains several helpful immune-boosting compounds, including allicin, a potent, natural antibiotic. Best used raw.

4. Goldenseal - Anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal. It is both antiseptic and immune stimulating, increasing blood supply to the spleen. The chemical berberine in goldenseal activates white blood cells that destruct bacteria, fungi, viruses, and tumour cells.
5. Sage - Antiseptic, anti-bacterial. Sooths sore throats, promotes good digestion, and helps ease menstrual cramps.

6. Peppermint - It is not only a painkiller for headaches and reduces fevers by inducing sweating and cooling of the body, but it helps bring up mucus and other material from the lungs, bronchi, and trachea during bronchitis, colds, and the flu.
7. Blackberry (leaves or fruit) - The fruit is very rich in vitamin C, and the leaves can be used in teas.

8. Cinnamon - Anti-bacterial, antiviral, antifungal. Helps stop vomiting and relieve nausea, and increases restricted blood flow.

9. Clove - Antiviral, antifungal, antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory. Helps fight infection and ease pain.

10. Lemon - Another rich source of vitamin C, squeeze some into your tea.

11. Chamomile - Anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory. Natural sedative.

12. Lemongrass - Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, antifungal. Relieves digestive ailments and fluid retention, improves blood circulation, and dilates blood vessels.

13. Oregano - A general tonic and immune booster.

14. Rosemary - Antibacterial, antiseptic, antiparasitic, antifungal. Good for the nerves and has a stimulating effect.

15. Tumeric - Antioxident, anti-imflammatory, antifungal, and anticancer. It is a blood purifier, and helps lower blood sugar levels.

About Jackie Leavitt

Jackie Leavitt is a traveler with a passion for writing. Or a writer with a passion for travel. She currently lives in San Francisco, pursuing both loves and dabbling in other interests, including yoga, cooking, rock climbing, running, latte art, photography, and painting. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with B.A.s in Journalism and European Culture Studies, and after working behind a desk as an editor for 16 months, she moved to the West Coast to involve herself more in her life passions.

To read more of Jackie's writing, please visit and

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Yummy-licious Cough Remedy

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¼ teaspoon Cayenne
¼ teaspoon Ginger
1 Tablespoon Cider Vinegar (an organic one, like Bragg’s, is preferred.)
2 Tablespoon Water
1 Tablespoon Honey (use a locally produced raw honey, if possible.)
Dissolve cayenne and ginger in cider vinegar and water. Add honey and shake well. Take 1 Tablespoon as needed for cough. Hoo-wee.
Note: this doesn’t dissolve perfectly. Always shake well before using.
If you make this in small batches as the recipe is written, there is no need to refrigerate.
If you prefer, you may refrigerate this. It keeps as long as you need it. 

Some  like to make small batches (it is so easy to mix up.) and use it up in a just a few days.


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Make Your Own Vegetable Powder

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You can use vegetable powders to: 

Tuck more nutrition and flavor into the things you cook.
Provide value-added thickening for soups (as opposed to using wheat flour or cornstarch for this job).
Stretch your grocery dollar by (a) powdering less-expensive vegetables that may not be so popular with your family, but are nevertheless nutritious, and (b) making use of all your clean, uncooked leftovers, including the trimmings.

Keep in mind that while a batch of mixed vegetables can yield interesting results, batches of the same vegetable will dry more uniformly and provide a more predictable "punch" for your other recipes. You can always mix single-veggie powders later.

Steps 1

Clean the items selected for dehydration.Clean the items selected for dehydration. Cosmetic perfection is unnecessary, but trim off any damaged, bruised, or browned areas.

Step 2

Blanch the items to preserve color.Blanch the items to preserve color.

Step 3

Shred rather than chop.Shred rather than chop. Shredded vegetable matter is far easier than hard chunks to grind into powder.

Step 4

Spread the shreds onto a lined dehydrator shelf.Spread the shreds onto a lined dehydrator shelf. Follow manufacturer's directions for drying times.

Step 5

When dehydration is complete, allow the shreds to cool before grinding them in a coffee-bean grinder.When dehydration is complete,allow the shreds to cool before grinding them in a coffee-bean grinder.

Step 6

You may find it useful to shake the material from the grinder through a sieve.You may find it useful to shake the material from the grinder through a sieve. Put the larger pieces left behind through a second grind.

Step 7

Store in sealed jars.Store in sealed jars.


In most cases, the items you place in a dehydrator should not overlap. This is difficult to accomplish with shreds. Return to your dehydrating project every few hours and use clean fingers to stir the shreds so that all surfaces get exposure.

Dehydrated items generally shrink as they lose water content. Your shred piles will shrink, sometimes dramatically, during dehydration.

Add vegetable powders to soups, breads, dips, and certainly any savory mix, such as meatloaf, stew, pizza, or hamburger (including vegetarian versions of these).

Make vegetable pate by mixing enough of any vegetable powder with any one of the following "bases" to form a paste: olive oil, feta cheese, unsalted butter, plain yogurt, cream cheese, sour cream. Select the base that you feel goes best with the vegetable in question. Serve with crackers.

Consider using vegetable powders to artistically color mashed potatoes or cauliflower to entertain and interest the younger set. Beets provide a deep red, carrots offer orange, many other vegetables contribute green--and all so much more nutritious than food coloring! Divide the food to be colored into multiple bowls and add your coloring ingredients by bowl, so that the colors remain as unmixed as possible until serving time.


Don't plan on grinding chunks of dense vegetables (e.g., carrots, parsnips) in your food processor post-dehydration. Doing so is almost certain to damage your food processor. Go ahead and shred.

Things You'll Need

A home dehydrator. If you don't have one, you can spread the shreds onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. (You can find parchment paper in most supermarkets near the aluminum foil and other food-safe wraps.) Place the cookie sheet in an oven set at a very low temp (150-200 degrees F). A less costly and more creative approach may be to wedge a clean window screen so that it provides a flat horizontal surface between the seats of a car parked in a sunny spot. At any rate, you can consult the Internet for plans for ad-hoc, home built dehydrators.

A food processor with a shredding function, OR a large-bore grater--and lots of patience.
A coffee-bean grinder.
A fine-meshed sieve.
Glass containers with lids that you can seal.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Making Dandelion Coffee

The price of coffe is outrageous so I thought: 'why not give this a try'?

 Here there are two methods for making Dandelion Coffee.

 Careful here, I would not recommend this young man's method for cutting the
 dandelion roots; I have awful visions of tip-less fingers *shuddering*