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    Pinch That Penny! (Copycats)

    Recipes to help you stretch your budget. These are recipes for Name Brands and Store Bought items that you can make yourself.
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    This recipe makes 12 cups and has no sodium, unless you opt to add it. This mix makes it possible to still fix those dishes which my husband loves.

    Recipe #47201

    If you are out of sweetened condensed milk for a recipe, try this homemade version.

    Recipe #426599

    Over Ripe-Over Stocked-Baby & Freezer Friendly An easy and fast way to make good use of the extra ripe bananas or a good reason to stock up when you can catch them on sale for $0.10 lb now and again. Banana Bread, Pancakes, Baby Food, Smoothies, Muffins, Cakes Etc....

    Recipe #413763

    Simple syrup for pancakes or icecream.

    Recipe #25628

    38 Reviews |  By Lali

    If you use Bisquick and run out, this is a good clone.

    Recipe #12648

    Placing here for safekeeping. Prep time is for making the pantry mix. Cooking time is for making dinner servings.

    Recipe #326633

    This homemade chocolate syrup is just as good as you-know-who's, and a LOT cheaper. Serving size is 1 Tablespoon

    Recipe #22877

    I got this off a frugal website many years ago. A great recipe to keep on hand. The variations are endless. Not sure how many servings this makes.

    Recipe #425183

    This cream soup substitute has less calories, fat and sodium than your canned ones from the store.

    Recipe #14860

    Now that I make these, I won't settle for the ones in the store. (I originally got this recipe from Chef Doozer, now that she is at Zaar, it is sweet of her to review it for me!)

    Recipe #93223

    It is unknown where exactly yogurt originated though it is thought that the Arabs, Turks, or Persians are responsible. You can make your own yogurt at home with only milk and a bit of yogurt. Very easy, no yogurt maker required. I have been making it for a few years and know that anyone can make this. It makes great yogurt especially if you use whole milk; very creamy and thick. You can use nonfat milk but it is a little thin and the consistency isn't that great compared to with more fat. It is best to go with 2% or whole. I also use organic milk, I find the flavor to be more full and sweet.I found it in an Arabic cookbook. Here is a step by step tutorial I have made including photos: http://xeniahome.blogspot.com/2010/03/homemade-yogurt-middle-eastern-way.html

    Recipe #353740

    These make a crispy cookie and are quick to throw together on those spur of the moment cravings or when a family member says "oh by the way I'm supposed to bring a couple dozen cookies to school/work today". This makes 2 dozen cookies. Great for beginning cooks! **Updated 3/5/2010 based on the first reviews I've adjusted the name and the ingredient list to add the the option of a 6th ingredient of using chocolate chips to the mix.

    Recipe #414309

    This came from the side of a Hershey's Cocoa Tin from the 80's. I don't know if this is posted anywhere on this site, but I wanted to keep it for my files. Please note the amount of cocoa you add to the frosting - There are different amounts listed for the chocolate intensity you would like your frosting to taste

    Recipe #286416

    I had to come up with this quick. Every Thanksgiving my mom serves Green Giant Niblets corn in butter sauce and I promised I would pick it up for her and bring it on Thanksgiving day. When I went to the store, they were sold out! I made this recipe and brought it already prepared to Thanksgiving dinner. Nobody was the wiser! I saved some money too, because I used store brand corn! This recipe makes a lot...you may want to half it.

    Recipe #26306

    This is an incredibly good clone of the real thing. A friend emailed this recipe to me.

    Recipe #24952

    I found this interesting recipe by request. It's great to have on hand and you can adjust the seasonings to suit yourself! =)

    Recipe #25653

    A creamy, tasty and budget-stretching butter mixture. At one time my hubby & I had seven children living with us! In an effort to cut expenses I bought a book called Cheaper & Better (Homemade Alternatives To Storebought Goods). This recipe for a soft spread quickly became a family favorite. Tattered and stained, this is the page to which the book still falls open.

    Recipe #202791

    This is soooo good! I got this recipe from an Ice Cream Recipe Exchange site. Find the original at http://frozentreats.blogspot.com/2008/09/dulce-de-leche.html. I initially made it for Dulce de leche Ice Cream, but I cooked the left over part into candy. I didn't have any whole milk, so I subbed 2% and half and half and I used 1 tsp pure vanilla extract instead of the vanilla bean. My husband loved the texture and taste! Haven't made the ice cream yet, but this is the best Dulce de leche I've ever had! Cook time varies depending on desired consistency.

    Recipe #335200

    This is a fantastic clone for the store-bought marshmallow fluff and one I have used for years, it's easy to make and so much cheaper than the store-bought, I always use this instead of the real thing and it freezes well also, see note on bottom --- use this in any recipe calling for marshmallow fluff, I have also made this using dark corn syrup it is just a little darker in colour but it works just as well :)

    Recipe #75813

    Posted by request. It comes from http://ks.essortment.com/homemadecakemi_rqxj.htm . I have not tried this recipe.

    Recipe #121998

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