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Don't spend money on barbecue sauce when it is easy to make flavored mixes with
ingredients you already have. You can get a lot of flavor from
ketchup with some added fruit juice.
Brownies and Cakes
It is usually more economical to use packaged mixes when you make things like
cakes and brownies. You can always add your own touches to make them special.
For instance, one very decadent way to make brownies is to frost them twice-
first with a mint flavored frosting and then with chocolate. Use a flavored
water or club soda in place of the liquid to change the taste of the cake. The
more water you add to brownie mix, the more cake-like the brownies. If you want
them to be more like fudge, add a tablespoon of corn syrup. Stock up on cake and
brownie mixes when they go on sale, and then be creative.
If a recipe calls for a can of chicken or beef broth, make your own with
Unless you are making something that is suppose
to taste very rich, substitute margarine for the butter.
Most creamed soups can be substituted in
recipes. Substitute what you have or is on sale, such as cream celery,
cream of mushroom, or cream of chicken.
Only use 1/2 of the meat called for in the recipe,
or use a cheaper cut.
If a recipe calls for milk, dilute it half and
half with water, or use powdered milk.
Sometimes a recipe will call for a
specific product made by a big name company. Substitute store brands.
Use imitation vanilla
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