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Make Ahead Recipes

Collection of make ahead recipes

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Have you ever started cooking something and wished you had prepared some of it in advance to save time? Or, have you gone to grab something out of the pantry only to realize you're out of it? Frustrating, right?

That's where these "make ahead" recipes come in handy!

Maybe you forgot to buy heavy cream or onion soup mix at the grocery store. No problem, just make your own. The bonus is, not only will they be healthier since they won't contain preservatives and the additives manufacturers put in to maintain shelf life, but they'll usually taste a heck of a lot better too.

Or, maybe you like the convenience of having baking or biscuit mix on hand so you can whip up a batch of something quick. The mixes in the store can get expensive and often contain extra ingredients you don't need or want. You can make your own at home for pennies compared to what the commercial versions cost. And making up mixes ahead of time can help your family out too. Make it easy for the kids to make some hot cocoa or bake in their Easy Bake Oven by preparing them in advance and keeping them on hand.

Of course, since you can change the serving sizes on our recipes this means you can make as much or as little of the mixes as you want or need. Maybe you want to give away cookie mixes in a jar to all your friends - just scale the recipe up to make as many gifts as you need. Or scale down a make ahead recipe for an emergency ingredient substitute when you don't need a whole recipe.

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Heavy Cream Substitute
This recipe has a 5 star rating
32 reviews   16 comments


Photo of Heavy Cream Substitute
photo: CDKitchen

Made with milk, butter

 


Lipton Dry Onion Soup Mix
This recipe has a 5 star rating
8 reviews   3 comments


Photo of Lipton Dry Onion Soup Mix
photo: CDKitchen

Made with onion powder, onion, instant beef bouillon

 


Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix Clone
This recipe has a 5 star rating
4 reviews   2 comments


Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix Clone

Made with vegetable oil, salt, all-purpose flour, yellow corn meal, sugar, baking powder

 


All-Purpose Biscuit Mix
This recipe has a 5 star rating
5 reviews   7 comments


All-Purpose Biscuit Mix

Made with shortening, all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt

 


Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix
This recipe has a 5 star rating
7 reviews   1 comment


Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Made with salt, powdered non-dairy creamer, nonfat dry milk powder, sugar, cocoa powder

 


Light Cream Substitute
This recipe has a 5 star rating
3 reviews


Light Cream Substitute

Made with butter or margarine, milk

 


Gourmet Reindeer Poop
This recipe has a 5 star rating
2 reviews


My rows of Reindeer Poop.
photo: bootscooter58

Made with nuts, butter, sugar, milk, cocoa powder, peanut butter, oatmeal

 
stovetop

Bisquick Without Shortening
This recipe has a 5 star rating
3 reviews   1 comment


Bisquick Without Shortening

Made with baking powder, sugar, flour, canola oil

 


Almost Hamburger Helper

Photo of Almost Hamburger Helper
photo: CDKitchen

Made with chili powder, egg noodles, sour cream, ground beef, water, potatoes

 
stovetop

Shortening Substitute
This recipe has a 5 star rating
1 review   1 comment


Photo of Shortening Substitute
photo: CDKitchen

Made with butter, margarine

 


Colored Sugar
This recipe has a 5 star rating
2 reviews   1 comment


Photo of Colored Sugar
photo: CDKitchen

Made with sugar, food coloring

 


Instant Cappuccino Mix
This recipe has a 5 star rating
1 review


Photo of Instant Cappuccino Mix
photo: CDKitchen

Made with ground nutmeg, cinnamon, instant coffee granules, powdered chocolate milk mix, powdered non-dairy creamer

 



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