Sunday, March 20, 2011

Make Your Own Mix: Magic Mix and a Link Party

Making your own mixes is a great way to use your food storage, be in control of what goes into your food, and save money.  One of my favorite mixes is Magic Mix.  I know I have talked about this before but it is worth a repeat. I have been making Magic Mix for years.  It is an a recipe that the USU extension heavily promotes.  The original recipe is made with fresh butter and then must be refrigerated.  While I love the convenience of Magic Mix.  I do not love it taking up space in my fridge.  When I first heard that butter powder is shelf stable I thought this is the answer to my problem.  I having been making Magic Mix from THRIVE powdered butter ever since.  If you haven't tried powdered butter yet you can purchase it from my online store at:  You might want to check out my other popular post on powdered butter 

If you are already familiar with magic mix make sure you scroll down to the new uses that I have added:  including Alfredo, vanilla pudding, pumpkin custard and microwave directions.  

For printable recipe click here: Magic Mix Using Powdered Butter
Magic Mix
2 cups NON-INSTANT milk powder OR 4 cups instant nonfat dry milk
1 cup THRIVE butter powder
1 cup flour or 1/2 cup cornstarch

Put all items in a large lidded container and whisk to combine. Store in pantry no need to refrigerate.

 To Make a White Sauce: 
Combine ½ cup Magic Mix and 1 cup water in saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sauce is thickened and simmering. Makes 1 cup.

To Make Gravy:
Combine ½ cup Magic Mix and 1 cup meat dripping in saucepan. Cook over
medium heat, stirring constantly, until sauce is thickened and simmering. Makes 1 cup.
If you do not have meat driping use was 1 cup of broth or 1 cup water and 1 tsp boulion. 

Combine 1 cup of Magic Mix with 1 ¼ cups of cold water and 1 tsp chicken bullion in saucepan.  Cook and stir until thickened. Add to casserole as you would the canned product. Substitute for 1 can.

Combine 1 cup Magic Mix with 1 1/4 cups cold water.  Cook and stir until thickened. Add 1/4 cup freeze dried mushrooms. And allow to rehydrate in the soup.  Substitute for 1 can cream of mushroom soup.

To Make Alfredo:
Combine 1 cup Magic Mix and 2 cup water in saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sauce is thickened and simmering, remove from heat. Add 8 ounces cream cheese cut into chunks.  Stir until cream cheese is melted.  Add 3/4 cup  Parmesan cheese, and 1 teaspoon garlic powder.  Stir until combined. Serve over cooked fettuccine noodles.

Magic Mix Chocolate Pudding
1/2 C. Sugar
1 C. Magic Mix
2-3 T. Cocoa (optional)
2 C. Water
1 t. Vanilla
Combine Magic Mix, sugar and cocoa in saucepan and mix well. Add water, stir over medium heat until pudding bubbles. Add vanilla and beat. Cover and cool.

Magic Mix Vanilla Pudding--from the  Washington State Extension
Makes 4 servings, about 1/2 cup each
1 cup Magic Mix
1/3 cup sugar
11/2 cups water
1 tablespoon soft tub-type margarine (I leave this out)
1 teaspoon vanilla
In small saucepan with heavy bottom, combine Magic Mix and sugar. Stir in water. Add margarine. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a heat resistant spatula or wooden spoon. Cook until it starts to get thick like applesauce. This may take 10–12 minutes.  Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Pour into a storage bowl or 4 individual serving dishes. Cover with plastic wrap to prevent a dry film from forming on top.  Refrigerate. Pudding will thicken more as it cools.

Magic Pumpkin Custard  from the  Washington State Extension
This is a lot like pumpkin pie with out the crust.
Makes 8 servings
1 cup Magic Mix
2/3 cup brown or white sugar
11/2 teaspoons cinnamon, or pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
16 oz. can pumpkin, or 2 cups canned or cooked
2 eggs, beaten with a fork
Combine Magic Mix, sugar, spice, and salt in large bowl. Stir in water. Add pumpkin and eggs. Stir to combine well. Pour into a greased 9-inch pie plate. Bake at 350˚F for 45 to 55 minutes or until a knife inserted 1 inch from the center comes out clean.

Magic Mix Microwave Directions:   I often make my magic mix in the microwave.  Here is what I do.
Mix ingredients in a microwave-safe 11/2 quart or larger bowl. . Microwave on high for 1 minute, and then stir. Repeat 4–5 times until pudding (or white sauce, or gravy) is thick.


  1. I just made Chicken & Spinach Alfredo Pizza on Saturday using my magic mix!!

  2. This is so great! I'll have to try making this magic mix! I've been wondering how to make my own homemade Alfredo sauce. Thanks for inviting me to your link party and for commenting on my blog!

    ~Julie :}

  3. HELP, when I click here... I get a (not found-404) message. I really need this.. :(

  4. I'm gonna have to get some of that powdered butter when monies allow. These recipes look really good, pumpkin pie anyone?

  5. Wow, thank you for all of the information. I am new to all of the self reliance and food storage and this recipe fits My family and I to a tee. I love that you have left a bunch of recipes and ideas for this one shelf sable item . I will be following your sight from now on. Again Thanks. I cant wait to try it !