Ask Miserly Moms: Frugal Mixes

by Jonni McCoy

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I am looking for a homemade recipe for Lipton Onion Soup Mix [dry recipe].

A Here it is! Enjoy!

"Lipton's Onion Soup" Recipe

  • 3/4 c. dry minced onion
  • 1/3 c. beef bouillon powder
  • 4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed celery seed
  • 1/4 tsp. sugar

Combine all ingredients. Store in tight fitting container. About 5 Tbls. of mix are equal to 1 1.25 oz pkg. To make onion dip, mix 5 Tbls.. with one pint of sour cream.

Q First of all I love your book, Miserly Moms. I have recommended it to families who come to our church for financial/ food assistance. I am in charge of our Church's food pantry and have incorporated the principal of cooking from scratch to stretch our food dollar.

Back to my question. You mention in the book that you made your own baking mix (like Bisquick), but I couldn't find that recipe in your book. Would you share that recipe?
Thank You and God Bless!
Dianna Mason

A Thanks for your nice letter. Below is the easy recipe for making your own Baking Mix (Bisquick). There are also many sites on the internet with baking mix recipes. Some have whole wheat versions of the mix as well. Here's one to try.

Also, try checking out a book at the library called Make a Mix Cookbook. She has several recipes for mixes and their uses.
BTW, all of these recipes will work with any Bisquick recipe that you have.

Baking Mix

  • 8 Cups Flour
  • 1 1/4 Cups Nonfat Dry Milk Powder
  • 1/4 Cup Baking Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 2 Cups Shortening

Combine flour, milk, baking powder, and salt in a very large bowl. Cut in shortening until it resembles coarse cornmeal. Store in tightly closed covered container in a cool place (cupboards are fine). Makes about 10 cups.

Jonni McCoy is the author of "Miserly Moms-Living On One Income In A Two Income Economy" and "Frugal Families-Making The Most Of Your Hard Earned Money!"

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