Having an organized pantry is important in your kitchen. It allows for less time during meal preparation and a much better feel in your kitchen. I know that I feel a whole lot better when I walk into my kitchen and know exactly what I have in my pantry.
We do dehydrate a TON of veggies and herbs from our garden that I use in a variety of cooking when I do not have fresh available. I know that if I bag them up in zipper bags, then I can’t always find what I was looking for when I need it.
In my pantry, I use mason jars in both pint and quart and recycled gallon size pickle jars work great for mixes and bulk food.I don’ t loose anything this way!!!
I also use chalkboard labels so that I can change the label on them if I need to (There are many out on the market. I posted a link to the least expensive that I found on amazon.com.) The changable labels come in handy with our homemade instant oatmeal container. The kids always know what flavor is available!!
It does not take a ton of money to make your pantry be usable. (Yes, those are milk crates as extra shelves as well!)
- 1 cup coconut oil or 1 cup butter
- 1 cup honey
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- 10 cups old fashioned oats (not quick oats)
- Optional: almond slivers or chopped almonds
- Optional: dried fruits and shredded coconut
Preheat oven to 375° Mix brown sugar, oil, and honey in a small saucepan and bring to a low boil. Remove from heat. Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. Add oats plus optional nuts and fruits if desired to a large bowl. Pour honey mixture over and stir until well combined. Spread oats in two 9×13 pans. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and stir. Turn off oven and return pans. Let granola sit for 30 more minutes in oven remove and set out to cool completely before breaking apart to store.
Store in an airtight container. (This makes enough for a 1 gallon pickle jar for storage.
| So many people have allergies to the processed food that are out there on the market. In this book, Kris Mazy, mom of 5 kids (1 autistic and 1 with severe allergies to dyes) shows simple recipes that you can make in your kitchen that are dye-free, many of which are like grabbing a “box-mix” from the grocery store.Kris has been spending the last 7 years researching and creating recipes to help improve the health and well-being of her children. It was a learning process for this family when they discovered that one of their children was deathly allergic to red-dyes in foods and other products.
These convenience mixes help the average mom spend more time with their kids and offers effortless recipes that let you as a parent know exactly what your child is eating without all of the dyes and preservatives in store-bought boxed foods.
Find fast and easy mix recipes including breakfast items, cakes and cookies, “quick mix”, puddings, seasonings, soups and more in “A Kitchen Full of Mixes.”
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Strawberry & Cream Instant Oatmeal
Maple & Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal
Peaches & Cream Instant Oatmeal
Pancake and Waffle Mix
Directions for Pancakes
Directions for Waffles
Basic Quick Mix
Basic Rolled Biscuits
Basic Drop Biscuits
Jam-filled Danish Drops
Southwest Egg Bake
Chicken Pot Pie
Yellow Cake Mix
Sugar Cookie Mix
Peanut Butter Cookies
Snicker Doodle Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
Chocolate Cake Mix
Directions for use cake mix for chocolate cookies
Vanilla Pudding Mix
Chocolate Pudding Mix
Chocolate Cream Pie
Butterscotch Pudding Mix
Dips, Dressings & Sauces
Caesar Salad Dressing Mix
Italian Dressing Mix
Corn Potato Chowder Mix
Vegetable Soup Mix
Tortilla Soup Mix
Potato Soup Mix
Onion Soup Mix
Lemon Pepper Seasoning
Rice Seasoning Mix
Montreal Steak Seasoning
Pumpkin Pie Seasoning Mix
Hot Chocolate Mix
Vanilla Chai Tea Mix
Apple Cider Mix
Banana S’more Goo
In Arizona … we sometime can not venture outside in the evenings due to the monsoon weather that we have during July and August.
So the kids had me make our Banana S’more Goo:
- Fry bananas in oil
- Once crystallized, add marshmallows until melted
- Add the banana goo to the top of graham crackers
- top with mini chocolate chips