Cut up the leafy tops of the celery you buy, and
put it in the oven to dry when you turn it off after baking. Use it in
soups and sauces.
Save a little money on creamed soups by
making your own drystarter mix. For the equivalent of several cans, here are the proportions:
2 1/2 cups flour
2 cups dry milk
1/2 cup bouillon
2 Tbsp onion powder
1 tsp each of salt, pepper, basil, and oregano.
Add 1 1/2 cups of water to each 1/2 cup of soup mix.
Keep a canister in your freezer for leftover
vegetables and pasta. Add them to your soups and sauces.
To make your own chicken or beef broth,
dissolve 1 1/2 tsp of granulated bouillon (or one cube) in a cup of boiling
water. This will substitute for 1 cup of bouillon soup.
Save the water you use when boiling
potatoes. Keep it and use it when you need water for soups, stews, sauces,
All tomato based products can substitute
for each other. Tomato sauce, whole tomatoes, or tomato paste can be used
in most recipes by just adjusting the liquid in the recipe.