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Homemade Mixes for Popular Pantry Staples

Save money by making your own versions of these popular seasonings and mixes commonly used in recipes. Find homemade mix recipes for ranch dressing, taco seasoning, cream soup and much more!

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Ranch Dressing and Dip Mix

This versatile recipe converts easily into a creamy dip or smooth dressing. It's delicious served with fresh veggies or drizzled over greens. —Carolyn Zimmerman, Fairbury, Illinois
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Taco Seasoning Mix

Create your own zippy taco seasoning for spicing up Mexican dishes. It's handy and less expensive than buying envelopes of prepared mix from the store. —Karen Owen, Rising Sun, Indiana
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Cream-Style Soup Mix

This easy soup mix is a wonderful substitute for canned cream soup in a recipe. It’s great to have on hand for those nights when you need to whip up supper in a hurry. —DeAnn Alleva, Worthington, Ohio
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Herb Mix for Rice

This flavorful herb mix for rice is a great recipe to mix ahead as a side with baked chicken or pork chops. Just increase or decrease the amount for the servings needed. —Arlene Haupt, Madison, Wisconsin
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Creole Seasoning Mix

I make up this creole seasoning to have on hand when a recipe calls for Creole or Cajun seasoning. —Marian Platt, Sequim, Washington
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Handy Beef Mix

This quick-and-easy mix can be used to make an assortment of beef recipes. One easy mix for endless delicious possibilities. —Mrs. Joanne Rocchetti, New London, Connecticut
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Tex-Mex Seasoning Mix

This spice mix goes together quickly and makes a great little gift to include with holiday greetings for neighbors and coworkers. They can mix it into chili and scrambled eggs, use it to season tacos and burritos, or add zip to a can of refried beans. —Tammy Rose, Danville, Arkansas
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Homemade Pickling Spice

I can every year and I love to use this pickling spice for my pickles. Everyone says they are the best they have ever had. —Olivia Miller, Memphis, Tennessee
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Curry Seasoning Mix

I've been making this seasoning blend for many years. Try sprinkling it on pork chops, seafood, chicken and steak. —Bonnie Poole, Madison, Wisconsin
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Herb Mix for Dipping Oil

We combine a blend of herbs to create this mouthwatering mix. Plumping the herbs in water before stirring into olive oil enhances the flavor.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Ready Gravy Mix

This dry mix keeps up to 6 months, so any time you yearn for chicken or beef gravy, you can stir up a portion. You'll love its just-made flavor and convenience. —Edie DeSpain, Logan, Utah
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Paprika Dry Rub

A friend gave me the recipe for this delicious dry rub. I love the tongue-tingling punch it gives poultry. —Jackie Kohn, Duluth, Minnesota
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Spice Mix for Chili

This spice mix comes from my mother's chili recipe, which is fantastic. It'll make a great gift for the hearty eaters you know, especially if you pair it with a loaf of bread. —Vivian Huizinga, Shallow Lake, Ontario
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Dixie Herb Rub

My husband loves it when I season chicken with this flavorful blend, but it's also good with beef and pork. We like to slice the leftover meat for sandwiches the next day. —Traci K Wynne, Denver, Pennsylvania
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Zesty Salt Substitute

Folks on a low-sodium diet will fall for this salt substitute. I usually double the recipe because it beautifully seasons a variety of foods. —Peggy Key, Grant, Alabama
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Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade vanilla is fun to give in decorative bottles with attractive labels. Share it with special friends who like to cook or bake. —Becky Jo Smith, Kettle Falls, Washington
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