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homemade-mixes-kindleHomemade Mixes – Make It Yourself and Save

Making your own mix from scratch rather than buying it in the store not only saves you money but also saves you from all the additives and preservatives that are put in the foods we buy.

Find out how easy it is to make your own seasonings, baking mixes, beverage mixes and more in this HBHW Kindle Cookbook.

 The recipes include:

Apple Pie Spice Mix
Basic Muffin Mix
Brownie Mix
Caribbean Jerk Seasoning
Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
Corn Bread Mix
Cream of Soup Mix
Fajita Seasoning
Fish Fry Coating Mix
Fruited Oatmeal Mix
Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix
Homemade Vanilla Chai Tea Mix

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  1. Sheri J says

    Candy, I searched and searched and searched for Versa Cooker recipes online and all I came up with was a cookbook by Marian Getz. I’ve never used one or heard of one but from the YouTube of an HSN it looks like you could do anything you want in it as long as it gives you good instruction each function or temperature setting. I know that is not what you wanted to hear… sorry I can’t help…

  2. Dorothy E says

    I have a Versa Cooker and I love it. I just use regular recipes in it. If you’re using it as a slow cooker, any slow cooker recipe will work. If you’re using it instead of your oven to roast a chicken or beef just set the temp as you would for your oven and place the chicken or beef on the rack and proceed as usual. Or, alternatively, you could sear or brown the item first on sear and then place on rack and use like an oven, You can also use it like an electric fry pan and put some oil or butter in it and saute things. Just put it on the appropriate temperature.Hope this helps

    • Laurie says

      I received my versacooker. I am disappointed also in not finding a basic recipe instructions. HSN used holiday turkey as a selling incentive yet no temp or timing for this. May send back….

  3. Dorothy Lawson says

    I recived my cooker today it’s pretty but How do I use it.? There realley aren’t any recipes with it . how do you do a beef roast, what size turkey should I buy? they said it was to be used like a oven. How do I bake bisquits or a cake in it. Without any recipes it’s no good to me. They wanted to sell me a recipe book but I thought I’d get some bacic recipes with it what they sent is of no use. maybe I’ll send it back.don’t need it for decorations. Sorry . Ms. Lawson

  4. matthew says

    Dorothy E. has answered the question of recipes for all of us, the problem is in misunderstanding the product. Imagine everything but the microwave in one unit and then you have it. You can use any recipe in the Versacooker. No recipes specific to the Versacooker are necessary. Get out your favorite recipe and get cooking. If you think about it, it would be silly for someone to go through the painstaking process of putting every recipe known into steps for the Versacooker. As long as the ingredients will fit it can be done in the Versacooker. That’s it’s Magic!

  5. Sandy says

    I to bought the cooker and am having the same problems. No clear recipes. I ordered Marain Getz recipe book I think there was 3 recipes I may use. In other words a waste of money. I am still searshing. If anyone comes up wiyh anything please let me know. I hate to sent the doggone heavy thing back!!!!!

  6. Linda says

    You can use any crock pot recipe in the Versa Cooker. The only difference, is that you can sear your meat in the cooker pan before slow cooking. Also if you want to brown your dish after cooking, you can put the pan in the oven. I had several recipes in the back of the booklet that came with the WP Versa Cooker. I have only used it once for Dark Beer and Peppered Braised Boneless Short Ribs and it developed a bubble and peeled away to expose the silver underneath. Not happy.

    • LindainCO says

      I have been happy with the Versa Cooker….until now. I have made pot roast, chile and Chicken Parm but just today (sorry, I must be thinking about something else lately) it dawned on me that the thing has a non-stick coating, which I know is dangerous!
      I was so focussed on the timer and the braising ability, that I missed the coating.
      They don’t even say what that is made of. Sending it back.

  7. Amy Simmons says

    I have just used my Versa Cooker ….love it, no more searing then roasting. I do a lot of outdoor cooking so for me this is a blessing. Can’t wait to tailgate.

  8. kerrie says

    I have even taken frozen meals out of the packages and put in the versa cooker. It really is simple to use if you have any questions email me.

  9. G.M.B. says

    I purchased the Versacooker vs. the Ninja 3-and-1 mainly because you can divide the cooking bowl. I do like the versatility of the Ninja in terms of temperature control, but found an exceptional deal on the Versacooker. The Versacooker is not that complicate. Slow cooker: High, Low and Warm. Oven tempertures from 150 – 350 (wish it did go higher) and a searing mode to brown your foods. I am going to try to steam roast a prime rib in mine tomorrow. In the Ninja it said cook at 375 for 10 min per pound. Since the Versacooker only goes to 350, I did a simple ratio conversion and only have to add 1 more minute per pound to come out with the same result. So in closing, just think of this item as an oven, slow cooker and frying pan all in one. BTW, I watched the spaghetti video with frozen meatballs on the Ninja infomercial and tried it in the Versacooker, it is easy, quick and only one pot to clean.