Make Your Own Pudding-Friday Frugal Tip

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When I was growing up my Mom and Grandma used to make pudding from scratch. This does have to be cooked but it doesn’t take very long and you know exactly what is in.  Plus you don’t have to buy the packages, you always have it on hand and you know exactly what is in it.

Basic Pudding Mix

8 cups Powder Milk

4 cups sugar

4 cups Corn Starch

1 teaspoon salt

Stir together all ingredients until well blended.  Store in a covered container. Attach a tag with mixing instructions.

For Pudding

1 Cup of mix

3 cups boiling water

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 Tablespoon Butter


Place one cup of the mix in a small saucepan.  Slowly add 3 cups of boiling water, stirring as you add the water.  Cook over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly until the mixture is thickened. Add 1 tablespoon of butter at the end of the cooking time once the mixture has thickened.

For Chocolate Pudding

Add 3 tablespoons cocoa powder to the dry mix before cooking.

For Lemon

Omit vanilla and add 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1 tablespoon lemon zest.

For Banana

Add 1 tablespoon Banana extract (when you add vanilla) and 1 cup sliced or mashed bananas to cooled pudding