Do you like tacos? Do you make them at home? If so, you’ve probably bought one of those kits made by Taco Bell, Ortega, or Old El Paso. Or maybe you just buy the packet of seasoning packages and add that to the beef or turkey.
I am guilty of this. I buy the taco seasoning mixes all the time.
I hate to break this to you, but if you do too, we are wasting money on seasoning mixes.
Those seasoning packets are wildly overpriced and not that good for you seeing as they add all sorts of things to preserve seasoning for as long as possible.
In this post, I will show why you are wasting money on seasoning mixes and how to save money instead by making your own.
2 Reasons You Are Wasting Money On Seasoning Mixes
At my last visit to the grocery store, I looked at prices for these mixes, and those packets cost $1.19. If you want to try to save some money, you can buy the store brand for around $1. Of course you could steal the seasoning mix but that would be illegal.
To prepare the ingredients in the packet costs the manufacturer about $0.10. The other dollar goes towards packaging, marketing, and profit.
Look at it this way, 90% of your payment is convenience fee. Would you pay a 90% convenience fee for your mortgage? How about a 90% convenience fee for cashing a check? So why should you pay it for tacos and other meals you want to season?
The same idea holds true in the produce section. A pineapple will run you about $2. But if you buy the pack of fresh pineapple that has been cut, you are looking at over $4 for a quarter of a pineapple. You pay more for convenience all the time.
Moving back to the seasoning mixes, if you look at the ingredients list on those packets, they contain a mix of spices plus whey, starch, and ascorbic acid. In theory, the starch would be a thickening agent, but it’s completely unnecessary. The spices thicken just fine without it. In reality, it’s just low cost filler.
The ascorbic acid is a preservative, and is rendered unneeded if you make it fresh. And then there is the whey. Well, I have no clue why whey is included, but it means that anyone with a lactose intolerance or dairy allergy can’t have it.
That’s just the list for one of the healthier ones. Others include MSG, food coloring, and cellulose. Cellulose in an indigestible tree fiber that is used in foods as a bulking agent. This means it is used to make it seem like there is more food then there really is.