Just 5 EASY steps to unprocessed, chemical-and-preservative-
When you compare boxed baking mixes vs. homemade baking mixes, you will see that you are paying almost 40% more money for the convenience.
And the time involved? Well, follow me for a moment in this scenario:
- Say you want to bake a batch of muffins for breakfast. You get out all your ingredients, lining them up on the counter.
- Next step, you retrieve all your measuring and mixing equipment. With me so far? Just add one extra step to this.
- Get out a couple of Mason jars or Ziploc bags. That took you what, a few more seconds?
- Next, Measure out your dry ingredients into a bowl. Oh, and while you are at it, measure out those SAME ingredients into your Mason jars or Ziploc bags too. Set the extra containers aside and continue on with your muffin recipe.
- After you have popped your muffins into the oven to bake, grab up the containers and label them. By the time you have finished, the muffins are done.
So, how long did that REALLY take you to mix up a few more batches of your favorite muffin recipe that you can now just dump into a bowl and add the wet ingredients to the next time you make muffins? Not that much more time I’ll bet…
Your 5 Steps to Homemade Convenience Mixes:
- Locate your favorite recipes. For example, quick breads, coffee cakes, scones, cornbread, brownies, muffins, pancakes, waffles, rice, pasta, and/or potatoes. Just choose two or three to start. Pretty soon you’ll have an arsenal of convenience at your fingertips.
- Gather the ingredients for the recipes in question along with measuring cups and spoons. Select the ingredients in your recipes that are dry, shelf stable products. Rice, pasta, flour, sugar, dehydrated fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices, powdered milk, dried, eggs, etc.
- In assembly line fashion, fill the storage vessels with the dry ingredients needed for each recipe. I typically make three to five batches of each mix at a time. It doesn’t take longer than doing one batch, and I have all the ingredients ready to go anyway. If I am using canning jars, a canning funnel is helpful to cut mess and make sure all the ingredients make it to my storage vessel. For Ziploc bags, I grab some large drinking glasses or jars, stuff the bags into them, and fold over the top of the bag. This holds the bag for you (leaving your hands free to measure) and makes it easier to fill.
- Label your storage containers (zip-top freezer bags, plastic containers with lids, or large canning jars) with the name of the recipe, the preparation/directions, and any wet ingredients that will need to be added later.
- Store your containers in the cupboard or your pantry. For longest storage, you can store these items in the freezer. Freezing prolongs the shelf life of flours which can go rancid over time, as well as protects your mixes from pests that might invade your pantry.
Some of my favorite “make a mix” recipes include: Muffins, Seasoned Rice Dishes and Pasta Side Dishes, Microwave Flavored Popcorn Bags, Hamburger Helper Mixes, Instant Oatmeal Packets, Puddings, and Soup Mixes. But remember this, the sky is the limit!
Still a bit nervous about making your own recipes? Well, there will be plenty listed in the blog for you to follow, so stay tuned! You got this. For inspiration we have over 400 recipes in our Homemade Convenience Foods Recipe Directory. Check it out!
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