Master Mixes Save Time and Money

Master Mixes Save Time and Money
Making your own convenience
mixes at home can save time and
money. These convenience mixes
are often called master mixes.
Master mixes include recipes for
making large amounts of dry
ingredients for biscuits, pancakes,
soups, sauces, meat, rice, and even a
variety of seasoning mixes and are
stored in sealed containers,
refrigerators or freezers.
Making master mixes allows you to have meals that need little
preparation and then cooked in the oven. Master mixes often are
made from ingredients that you already have on hand at home such
as powdered milk, whole wheat flour, cornmeal, or rice. Master
mixes also help to save money because you can buy the ingredients
when they are on sale.
When you make your own master mixes rather than buying them
at the store, you are helping yourself and your family to eat
healthier. Making your own master mixes lets you control the
amount of fat and sugar that is in the mixes and it is easier to add
healthier items such as fruits and vegetables.
Meat Sauce – Master Mix
yield: 8 cups
4 lbs. lean ground beef or turkey
1 medium onion, minced
1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste plus 1 can (6 oz.)
water OR 1 can tomato soup
2 cans (15 oz. each) tomato
sauce 1 tsp garlic powder
Instructions: Brown meat; drain fat. Add all other ingredients. Simmer 20 to 30 minutes.
Add water or tomato juice to sauce to thin if necessary. Immediately place 2 cup portions in
freezer-quality, plastic zip-top bags. Freeze.
NOTE: The final product of this recipe is intended to be used as an ingredient in other recipes.
Uses for Meat Sauce Mix: Easy, Cheesy Pasta; Sloppy Joes; Spaghetti
Easy, Cheesy Pasta
yield: 6-8 servings
2 cups meat sauce master mix
2 cans (16 oz. each) chili beans
4 cups cooked, drained whole wheat macaroni
(NOTE: prepare pasta noodles slightly undercooked so they
do not get mushy after freezing)
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
Nutrition Information
for 1/6 of recipe
Total Calories 350
Total Fat
6 g
28 g
Carbohydrates 45 g
Dietary Fiber
840 mg
Instructions: Mix together chili beans, macaroni and meat sauce master mix. Add half of
the grated cheese. Place mixture in freezer bag with date and cooking instructions. Place
remaining ½ cup cheese in smaller freezer bag. Tape bag of cheese to pasta mixture. Freeze.
To Cook: Thaw in refrigerator for 24 hours. Place in sauce pan. Heat over medium heat until
bubbling and temperature reaches 165°F. Add 1 Tbsp. water if mixture is dry. Add ½ cup
cheese over pasta before serving.
Cost per recipe: $6.18
per serving: $1.03
Sloppy Joes
yield: 4 servings
2 cups meat sauce master mix
1 Tbsp. vinegar
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
¼ cup ketchup
Instructions: In a gallon-size freezer bag, mix
meat sauce master mix, vinegar, brown sugar
and ketchup. Seal, date, and secure
instructions. Freeze with bag of hamburger
Suzanne Stluka, Shelby Sloan,
Jackie Binder,
Kimberly Wilson-Sweebe
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Nutrition Information
for 1/4 of recipe
Total Calories
Total Fat
4.5 g
24 g
Carbohydrates 13 g
600 mg
To Cook:
Thaw in refrigerator for 24 hours. Heat mix in
microwave, or on stove-top until mixture
reaches 165°F. Toast hamburger buns in oven.
Cost per recipe: $2.52
per serving: $0.63
2 cups meat sauce master mix
1 ½ tsp Italian seasoning OR 1 package
spaghetti sauce seasoning
8 oz. whole grain pasta
Parmesan cheese (optional)
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce (optional)
yield: 4 servings
Nutrition Information
for 1/4 of recipe
Total Calories
Total Fat
32 g
48 g
Dietary Fiber
9 g
430 mg
Instructions: Mix meat sauce master mix and
seasoning in a gallon freezer bag. Label, date
and include instructions
This material was funded by the
Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program-SNAP.
seasoning in a gallon
To Cook:
. in microwave, or on
Thaw meat sauce in refrigerator for 24 hours. Heat
stovetop until heated through to 165°F.
To prepare pasta: In a large pan, boil 3 quarts water. Add 1 Tbsp.
vegetable oil to reduce boiling over. Add pasta gradually. Boil uncovered,
stirring occasionally (over stirring causes sticky pasta). Pasta should be
tender, yet firm. Immediately drain pasta; do not rinse. Pour meat sauce
over hot, cooked pasta. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
Cost per recipe: $5.20
per serving: $1.30