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Packaged Mixes, Sauces, Spices & Boxed Items You Use

I know some of you don't like to touch these items because of all the additives & preservatives, but sometimes I think it helps the budget to purchase them on occasion.

I heard Knorr hollandaise sauce is good. I sometimes buy the spaghetti sauce package & packaged corn bread mix that makes one batch since I do not eat cornbread very often & having a large container of cornmeal sitting around would take forever for me to use.

Also, instant potato flakes can be added to thicken different things, although have not tried it.

Seems to me if we stuck to the name brands, it would not be too bad.

Italian blend seasoning is a big help to me - no need to buy individual bottles of each individual herb.

What do you purchase to save time & money?

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  1. I use the Knorr hollandaise with asparagus and a dish I call 'pork Felix'. It's like steak Oscar but with pork tenderloin, topped with spokes of asparagus and snow crab.

    1. I use Jiffy corn bread mix on occasion. Zatteran's rice pilaf. Krusteaze pancake mix (can make small portions easily!). And, although I rarely admit it, Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit mix. So bad for me. So salty. So tasty.

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      1. re: YvonneChristine

        I use Morrison's pancake & cornbread mix. Have seen several Krusteaze products but have never tried them. Do you use any other krusteaze products?

        The Cheddar Bay biscuit mix sounds mighty good too.

      2. We like the Marie Calendar's corn bread mix.

        I buy packaged Italian dressing mix to make cream cheese and cucumber sandwiches. But I don't use it to make dressing, go figure.

        I buy taco seasoning in the big bottle from Costco. Tacos and burritos are a quick weeknight after a long day at work meal for us, so it's easier for me to dump in some of that as opposed to spending 5 minutes measuring out individual spices.

        I use some MDH and Shan brand prepackaged spice blends from the indian store. They are very good and a good change from my usual indian cooking. I keep. Italian seasoning in hand because I like to sprinkle some on top of my homemade pizza before baking.

        I use things once in a while like the Knorrs hollandaise mix or jiffy corn muffin mix just they aren't things I keep on hand. I only buy them if I'm making something particular, but I'd say I purchase those 2-3 times a year.

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        1. re: boogiebaby

          tI was wondering if anyone else buys the package salad dressings & doctors them up with fresh herbs or other things. Seem like they would be a good base to start out with.

          1. re: cstout

            I use mine (I'm assuming we're talking Good Seasons Italian and the like?) as a flavoring for meat, either directly sprinkled on or in a marinade. Never for dressing anymore. I have a few gallon size bags so they will last me until the day I'm gone. It has a very nice "flavor profile".

            1. re: cstout

              Subbing lemon juice for the vinegar is a nice change up.

          2. I use a line of Indian simmer sauces and sometimes prepared salsa.

            1. Carbon's Golden Waffle/Pancake mix. I buy very few boxed things. I do buy pasta sauce after reading the label. So many pre-made things are so full of sugar that it is terrible. I never use the Jiffy mix, that is chocked full of sugar.