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15 Boxed Food Mixes You Never Have To Buy Again

Your friends won't be able to judge your cooking when you tell them you made the mix from scratch. Take that, judgey friends! / / Old El Paso / Betty Crocker / Uncle Ben's

Pre-made mixes are great because they make cooking easier for future you. And by making those mixes from real ingredients at home you can save money, avoid weird chemicals, and put off going to the grocery store for so much longer. Win, win, win!

1. Taco Seasoning Mix / Old El Paso

Store in an airtight bag and combine with your meat of choice on taco Thursdays. And taco Fridays - Wednesdays. Get the recipe.

2. Vanilla Pudding Mix / Jell-o

Store in an airtight baggie. When you're ready for it, add milk and stir over medium heat. BOOM. Get the recipe.

3. Sugar Cookie Mix / Pillsbury

Store in your favorite mason jar, and when you're ready for fresh cookies, cream sugar and butter together, then add eggs, vanilla, and the dry mix together for fluffy, soft cookies. Get the recipe.

4. Ranch Dressing/Seasoning Mix / Hidden Valley

For all of your veggie dippin' and salad needs, store this mix in an airtight bag and combine with mayo and milk for creamy ranch dip. As a healthier option, substitute Greek yogurt for the mayo. Health win! Get the recipe.

5. Long Grain & Wild Rice Mix

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To recreate the meal side that singlehandedly got you through college, boil the rice and seasoning in water with butter or olive oil, lower the heat and cover for 25-30 minutes. Serve as a side dish or eat the whole serving on your own in front of Netflix and call it dinner. Get the recipe.

6. Onion Soup/Dip Mix / Lipton

To make that killer chip dip for your next party, mix five tablespoons of this stuff with a container of sour cream. Mmmmm. Get the recipe.

7. Corn Muffin Mix / Jiffy

Add your dry mix to eggs, milk, and butter to make a delicious batter that only takes 15 minutes to bake. Both a sweet and savory treat that can be whipped up in a jiffy (see what we did there?) Get the recipe.

8. Bisquick Pancake Mix / Betty Crocker

Store in an airtight container for up to four months, and when you're in the mood for pancakes (so all day, every day), add milk and egg to your dry mix. Get the recipe.

9. Brownie Mix / Betty Crocker

For chocolatey, fudgey brownies that you actually made yourself, pour this mix into a bowl and add eggs, butter, and vanilla. For added flair and extra chocolatey goodness, add some chocolate chips. Get the recipe.

10. Nesquik / Nestle

Feel like a kid again with these three simple ingredients and some ice cold milk. Get the recipe.

11. Brown Gravy Mix / McCormick

There's something magical about a food that has its color in the name. For gravy to drown your meat and bread in, add your mix to a cold water in a saucepan and heat until it thickens to perfection. Get the recipe.

12. Shake'n Bake / Kraft

Keep this mix dry, or add a quarter cup of oil, shake well, and store in the refrigerator for 2-3 months. When making meat, wet both sides with either whisked egg or water and coat with the breadcrumb mixture to your liking. Get the recipe.

13. Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix / Betty Crocker

For the most perfect chocolate chip cookies, combine butter and both dark brown and white sugar, then add eggs, vanilla, and your dry mix. Drop those puppies onto a baking sheet to cool for an hour, then bake them in the oven and invite your friends over just so that someone will say, "it smells like fresh baked cookies in here!" Hell yeah, it does. Get the recipe.

14. Yellow Cake Mix / Duncan Hines

For moist yellow cake that looks just like the picture on the box you're not going to use, add this dry mix to butter, veggie oil, milk, vanilla, and eggs. Get the recipe.

15. Funfetti Mix / Pillsbury

Add this mix to butter, shortening, milk, egg whites, and both vanilla and almond extracts for a delicious cake/cupcake batter. Make this for every party you will ever throw and be a hero. To make plain white cake, omit the sprinkles. But why the heck would you do that?! Get the recipe.