Earlier today, I took time to make up two 'master mixes' for my pantry. It's an effort to save both time and money. It's also a way of taking control of the ingredients that go into my family's bodies! I've really been focusing on ridding our diet of the artificial junk... it's even hiding in things that you would think is healthy! It's crazy! Artificial colors (found in more than you would think!), artificial flavors, and artificial preservatives... outta here! (I'm no expert and I've recently started this journey, but if you want, I'll gladly point you to my sources, just leave a comment)
I posted a blurry cell phone pic onto my Facebook page and had several comments and requests... so, I decided to share with you!
The first mix was the most important: Brownies! It's a recipe that I wrote from a magazine maybe 9 or 10 years ago (Wow! Where did the time go!?)
Basic Brownie Mix
(yields about 5 batches)
5 cups sugar
3 cups all purpose flour
1 can (8 oz) baking cocoa
1 tsp salt
*Mix thoroughly. Store in airtight container.
2 cups of brownie mx
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 TBS water
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
*Mix well. Pour into greased 8x8 baking dish.
Bake at 350 degrees. 25-30 minutes.
Customize it to suit your family... add nuts, maybe add some dried cherries... have fun! Enjoy!
The next master mix was a homemade 'Bisquick'. Tonight is my first time using this recipe, but I'll share two links. Both call for shortening, but you could easily use butter instead. Just grate the butter (like grating cheese!) and then cut it into the dry ingredients. NOTE: Shortening is considered shelf stable, and many store the mix in the pantry. HOWEVER, if you use butter, store it in the fridge!
The recipe I used also calls for powdered milk. I happened to have some that needed to be used which is why I used this one over at Food.com. You can also find recipes for pancakes and biscuits on this site to make with your mix. The other recipe I seriously thought of using was over at Smockity's. Very similar, but hers does not call for powdered milk. She also has some recipes to use for your mix. I'll be trying her recipe next time I make the mix.
I strongly urge you to take more control over the ingredients in your food by making your own convenient mixes. The Internet is a wealth of recipes! Taco seasoning, onion soup mix, cookie mixes, you name it, it's out there! It may take a couple of tries to get the right recipe for your taste buds, but it will be worth it!