Gravy is super simple to make and costs very little, but it gives wonderful flavor and texture to your meal. In the south, gravy is a staple food. There are brown gravies and white gravies. White gravy is made with fat and flour along with milk. Brown gravy is made with meat drippings and cornstarch. Gravy from the turkey drippings is brown, generally speaking.
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I make tons of stuff in my bread maker, but most of the time I use it to crank out delicious loaves of homemade whole wheat bread, golden goodness for my family and daycare kids. Why not just serve the kids store bought bread? Click here to see my reasons.
I love making tacos and burritos with taco seasoning. I make all my own seasoning mixes homemade because store bought mixes are full of fillers and additives that I don’t want to eat or feed my kids. I have multiple food allergies and chemical sensitivities so additives are a big deal to me. After reading about the effects of many additives to the body, I no longer wanted to feed those types of food to my kids and family either.
Chemical free taco mix
I use taco mix to flavor my beans. I soak the beans in the morning and drain and rinse them in the evening of the same day. Then I put the soaked beans in my crock pot and fill it with water. I add a serving of my homemade taco seasoning mix and cook it all night on high. The smell that permeates the house is intoxicating and the beans taste DELICIOUS! When the kids come in, everyone remarks on how great it smells in here.
Taco mix can also be used to season ground beef, chicken, or whatever you want to add a little spice to. It’s great to have on hand and useful for many recipes. It’s less expensive for me to make my own than to buy pre packaged mixes at the store. I love that!
Save money by making your own
To purchase any herbs and spices we don’t grow, I use the website bulkfoods.com because they have pure products with no added fillers or salts. If I buy chili powder from them, I get just chili powder. Many times when you buy chili powder at the grocery store, your chili powder will contain additives such as anti caking agents and fillers such as gluten that make it bulkier and thereby less expensive to produce. I am not allergic to gluten, but I want to know what I’m eating.
I buy many foods in bulk because it’s less expensive and less packaging to go into the landfill after I use the products. I use old spice containers to store my mixes in so they don’t collect moisture. Since I don’t use anti-caking agents, sometimes my mixes clump together. That’s okay with me. I just give them a stir and everything is fine!
Click here to see how to make my world famous taco soup that kids love using this mix.
- 1/2 C chili powder
- 2 T. garlic powder
- 2 T. onion powder
- 2 tsp. dried cayenne pepper powder
- 2 tsp. dried oregano
- 1 T. paprika
- 1/4 C. ground cumin
- 1 T. black pepper
- Mix ingredients together in a bowl and store in airtight container.
- To make tacos, brown one pound of ground beef in a skillet on medium heat.
- Drain fat if needed.
- Add 2 Tablespoons of taco seasoning mix and 1/2 cup water to skillet.
- Cook and stir for an additional 5 minutes.
- Makes a little over one cup of seasoning mix.
- I use this mix to season beans that I cook overnight in my crockpot as well. It makes a tasty pot of beans that my family and kids LOVE!
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