They’re convenient and tasty, but the high cost of your favorite prepared mixes and spice blends is enough to make you choke right there in the supermarket!

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In less time than it takes you to run to the market to pick up a box of Bisquick or a few packets of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix, you can make them yourself—and save a bundle in the process.

Here for your mixing pleasure are the four copycat recipes most frequently requested by my dear readers over the past few months.

Whether you requested or not, I’m certain you’re going to enjoy these not only for the money savings but for the joy of knowing exactly what’s in the mixes you use. Plus making mixes yourself gives you the opportunity to tweak and control things like the amount of sodium. Even better, no MSG.

Garlic Seasoning (Copycat Tastefully Simple Garlic Garlic)

  • 8 tablespoons dried minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1 teaspoons dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil

Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container like a Mason jar. Use as seasoning for meats, poultry, fish, salads. To make basic Garlic Dip: Combine 3/4 cup sour cream, 1/4 cup mayonnaise, and 1 to 2 tablespoons of Garlic Garlic Mix. Start with 1 tablespoon, adding more to taste. Warning: As the dip chills in the fridge, the flavors become very intense. Enjoy!

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