Homemade Convenience Foods

Are convenience foods ruining your budget and robbing you of your hard earned cash?  Fight back with these great recipes.  Create your own convenience foods, and pocket monstrous savings in the process.  Begin by substituting your Homemade Granola for expensive Zowie Wowie Sugar Puffs.  Then move on to more ambitious projects like Biscuit Mix, Flavored Rice, Pudding, TVP & Bean Burrito Mix and others.  You will be amazed at how many items you can make at home in your own kitchen, instead of buying their over priced cardboard counterparts at the Market.  Once you start:  better flavor, ease of use, increased variety and significant savings will keep you coming back for more of your own healthful homemade convenience foods.

Beverage Mixes

Instant Cafe Au Lait Cafe Latte Mix
English Breakfast Tea Cafè Vienna Coffee Mi

Creamy Rich Hot Chocolate Mix

Mocha Espresso Coffee Mix
Spiced Tea Mix Swiss Mocha Coffee Mix
Hot Cocoa Mix Ginger Tea Mix
French Vanilla Coffee Mix Bavarian Mint Coffee Mix
Toffee Coffee Mix Orange Nutmeg Coffee Mix

Chai Tea Mix or Spiced Milk Tea

 Biscuits and Jars of homemade mixes

Other Beverages

Tomato Juice

Fruit Smoothies
Frozen Slushies Magic Milk Shakes

Breakfast Foods

Complete Buckwheat Pancake Mix Peanut Butter Granola
Pancake Syrup Honey Granola
Five Grain Hot Cereal Brown Sugar Granola
Pancakes Waffles
Muffins Paula’s Instant Biscuits
Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits Donut Muffins


Homemade Brown Sugar

Reduced Fat Biscuit Mix

Biscuit Mix With White Flour

Sweet Wheat Muffin Recipes

Fluffy Whole Wheat Biscuit Mix

Flour Tortillas

Dark, Rich Chocolate
Cake Mix

Corn Tortillas

Family Yeast Bread

Buttermilk Baking Mix

Sauces & Condiments

Salad Dressings Pancake Syrup
Grape Juice Jelly Croutons
Italian Tomato Sauce Chocolate Syrup
Poor Woman’s BBQ Sauce Tartar Sauce

Dairy Products

Homemade Dairy Yogurt Homemade Soy Yogurt
Custard Style Yogurt Homemade Yogurt Cheese
Sweetened Condensed Milk Ricotta Cheese
Whipped Topping

Sandwich Spreads & Soups

Meat Loaf Corn Dogs
Grape Jelly Onion Soup Mix

Instant Cream of Tomato Soup

Make Your Own Cup Of Soup

Side Dishes

Taco-Style Rice Mix Garlic Mashed Potato Mix
Buttery Parmesan Rice Mix Chicken Style Rice and Roni
TVP & Bean Burrito Mix Bean & Rice Mix
Buttery Garlic Rice Mix Lemon Herb Rice Mix
Yellow Rice Mix Red Rice Mix
Garden Vegetable Rice Mix Savory Onion Rice Mix
Baked Beans Beef Flavored Rice and Roni

Main Dishes

Taco-Style TVP & Rice Mix Taco-Style Beans & Rice Mix
Homemade Pizza with Self Rising Crust


Popsicles Caramel Corn
Granola Bars Finger Gelatin
Kettle Corn

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Yolanda - May 20, 2009

Thank you so much for all of these great recipes!

    Darlene - August 30, 2011

    Hi What does TVP stand for?

      The Hillbilly Housewife - August 30, 2011

      Hi Darlene,
      TVP is “textured vegetable protein.” It is made from soy and used either as a meat substitute or to extend meat. It’s high in protein and has no fat.

        Billie - August 31, 2011

        It’s also fantastic for camping or a survival kit. As long as it’s sealed up and dry it’s stays good.

      Marjolein47 - September 2, 2011

      TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein) is made from reduced-fat soy beans and is used to replace or extend ground meats. It is also added to casseroles to add extra flavor and nutrition.

Jackie - June 29, 2009

I’m so happy to find these great convenience foods! Especially the tortillas! My daughter loves them with everything and they are $4 for a 10 pack here, this will get her favorite treat on the menu much more often. Thank you!!!!

Cheryl R - September 13, 2009

I really enjoy your recipes. Thanks a bunch for putting together this wonderful website.

Janine Daly - October 4, 2009

I have used a couple of you rrecipes in order to try to save money as i am cooking for 10 every night…they are wonderful and taste great too i have cut our costs down by more that half thank you so much..

Isabela - October 12, 2009

I don’t particularly want to save money, but I am very conscious about what gets into the foods I feed my family. I don’t buy convenience foods because of the scary list of ingredients. These recipes are a lifesaver. Thank you so much.

katherine jenson - November 11, 2009

I am so very impressed with the all of the recipes and especially with the master mix recipes. If you fail to plan..you plan to fail….This is true of keeping the pantry stocked as well.
Having been laid off and living with my older son’s family, these will be a way of stretching an already very tight food budget! Thank you so much!

Stacy - January 13, 2010

Thank you so much for all these recipes. I absolutely love your website. You have SO much wonderful information!
I was wondering though… do you have a recipe for caramel syrup? I have made your chocolate syrup but doubled the cocoa. My husband says it’s better than Hershey’s. 😉
Thanks again!!

Whitney - July 9, 2010

AWE YEAH!! From a former Arkansan Hillbilly myself… Your site rocks!! :) Thanks for all the great links and wonderful info! WooHOO

Melissa - September 18, 2010

The link for the Reduced Fat Biscuit Mix doesn’t work. I get a blank page. Does anyone else have this recipe?

Kelly - November 26, 2010

Thanks for the wonderful recipes that help us to eat American style. I live overseas and many things that we can easily buy in the US are not available here. With your from scratch recipes my family and I can still enjoy them.

Chris Johnson - December 21, 2010

The recipes are great. I found a lot with good protein sources.

Andre Parnin - January 21, 2011

Do you have a favorite crepe recipe?

Emma Parker - February 1, 2011

Thanks for your great recipes, I’m on a very tight budget and they have helped and inspired me a lot. Thks again.

Nifty Thrifty Me! - February 2, 2011

I love this! I am always looking for new ideas and trying to make things simple. A great on the go breakfast idea I use is to make breakfast burritos and freeze them for future use. Just grab and go!

Lisa - February 3, 2011

I was wondering on the Instant Tomato Soup it states 1 can water and 3 cans milk. What cans are you using? I am assumiong you are using a 6oz can from the tomato paste? Thanks,

DebraRuegg - February 22, 2011

This is regrading the cup of soup recipes: My grandmother and my Mom used to make this finstant potato flakes.Prepare potatoes as directed for 1/2 of the 2 servings[making a ‘baby serving”] except double the milk[or more if desired]heated,.add salt,[optional],pinch of black pepper,celery seeds or flakes 1/8-1/4 tsp.1.8 tsp dried dill weed or chives:For a “chunkiy” soup add diced,drained canned potatoes..Can also use leftover fresh mashed potatoes Hubby doesn’t like potato soup.So when I’m craving this is what I make.

Deana - June 9, 2011

I love your site, I have gone back to making most everything from scrach, not only is it cheeper its better for my family. My food budget goes so much futher and it all tastes better. Thanks so much for all your tips and recipes.

Charlotte - October 3, 2011

I love this site. I am trying to make more homemade foods. What is broth powder and where do you find it?

    Carol Cripps - October 5, 2011

    Charlotte, you’ll find it in the soup aisle, and it will likely be labelled “bouillon” powder. It comes in several flavours – chicken beef, vegetable, and, depending on where you shop, other flavours, as well.

    be well,


      Charlotte - October 7, 2011

      Thanks Carol. I will get some and try it.

DeeDee Crickette Pine - March 28, 2012

How to make caramel from sweetened condensed milk :
source : Chockylit
For Stacy:

Carmel Sauce

Ingredients :
1 8 ounce can sweetened condensed milk

Direction :
1. Immerse closed can on its side in a pot of boiling water.
2. Leave on a simmer or light boil for 2 hours topping off with water as needed. Be careful and don’t let the water dry out. You can also use your Crock Pot.
3. Remove from heat and let cool thoroughly before opening can. Condensed milk should be thick and a nice caramel color. Don’t open the can while its still hot, I hear that can be very, very messy.

    Angela - December 27, 2012

    I’ve made it in the microwave as well. Pour the can of sweetened condensed milk in a bowl (one that doesn’t get too hot easily) and cover with plastic wrap. Heat for 1 1/2 minutes, stir and repeat. If you continue for a total of about 10 minutes, you’ll have dulcet de lechery (absolutely amazing!) so a slightly shorter time should give you caramel. Try not to eat it all straight from the bowl!

Emma - May 22, 2012

Hi, some of the links aren’t working under your breakfast foods section. Maybe check that the html for those links is valid.

Elsi - June 2, 2012

I returned to Hillbilly Housewife looking for some of the original basic/frugal recipes . . . Found the articles still online, but the links to the recipes are broken. (Well, I didn’t try them all, but enough to get frustrated.). Please restore them. They are the main reason this became such a great site I n the first place.

    Elsi - June 2, 2012

    Looks like you may have gotten these recipes back online – but some of those on the $45 and $70 post are getting 404 errors. Sorry that I left my comment on the wrong post.

      The Hillbilly Housewife - June 2, 2012

      Hi again, Elsi. When you go into the $45 and $70 post you’re finding broken links? I’ll go and look around. Thank you for letting me know.

    The Hillbilly Housewife - June 2, 2012

    Hi Elsi – Are the links broken in the Homemade Convenience Foods article that you have commented on here? I’m going in and clicking around and not finding any broken links yet. I know how frustrating it can be so I’d like to get it fixed. If you find broken links could you let me know which recipes? I really want to solve this problem. Thank you again for letting me know. I’ll keep working on it.

tammy - October 5, 2012

OMG love this site saving sooo much money at least half from several weeks ago making foods from scratch saves alot making laundry soap at home awesome I’m saving $200 a year just with that saving $150 a month on my food bill for 4 thank you greatly for cost saving know how you are a blessing I homeschool as well so saving in one area buys text books used of course God bless to you and yours

Bekah - August 24, 2014

Thanks so much for these fantastic recipes! I’ve been trying to find ways to be frugal and make things go further…. this was just what I needed! What my family needed! 😀

Barb - November 11, 2015

This is a wonderful collection of recipes. Thank you for sharing.

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