With the economy what it is, many people are really struggling to make ends meet. At times, it can seem to come down to a choice between paying the bills and buying food. It seems a little strange, then, that people would pay substantially more for a packaged mix that they can make for themselves easily, unless they simply don’t realize how cheap and easy it is to make the mix. This is the case with pancake mix.
Like many people, when it comes time to make pancakes or waffles, I don’t want to take the extra time to mix everything up from scratch, as easy as it is to do. However, the powdered pancake mix is so easy to make that there is no reason not to make a bunch up ahead of time. It is way cheaper than store-bought, it tastes better and this mix can also be used to make biscuits or waffles and as a batter for batter-fried vegetables or even fish. We take a container of this every time we go camping and the camping box doubles as our emergency food box, so it is good for emergencies and evacuations, too.
Most household kitchens will have all of these ingredients on hand already, as well. This means that it is likely that nothing extra will need to be purchased. This recipe is superb for people who are diabetic or who can’t eat wheat or gluten, too. Simply use the kind of flour you can eat, such as rice flour or gluten-free flour. That way, you’ll still be able to enjoy pancakes, waffles, biscuits or batter-fried foods without getting anything special and more expensive at the store.
Pancake Mix Ingredients:
3 1/2 cups flour
3 tablespoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup sugar (or Stevia in the Raw)
1 teaspoon salt
Pancake Mix Instructions:
Blend all the ingredients well and store the mix in a container that has a tight fitting lid, such as a clean plastic or metal coffee can. Be sure to label the container so you know what is in it. This makes a little over a pound of mix.
To make pancake batter, mix together:
1 cup of the mix
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon Canola oil
For a wonderful yeasty flavor, use 1 cup of beer, fresh or flat, instead of the milk. You can adjust the thickness of the batter by adding a little more or a little less of the milk/beer. Using the beer to make homemade onion rings is a hit everywhere I’ve made it.
The beer batter is also excellent when used to coat fish filets prior to deep frying. Shrimp or prawns can also be deep fried in this batter.
For waffles, add an extra egg and a little less of the fluid so the batter is thicker. For biscuits, cut the fluid even more to produce a dough, rather than a batter.
Are you ready for a price comparison? Currently, a pound of Aunt Jemima brand pancake mix costs about $8.75 on Amazon and about $3.00 at Walmart. The homemade pancake mix costs roughly 65 cents to make. You’d save $2.36 – $8.10 by making it yourself! The total time to make this mix is also about five minutes and since you can double, triple or quadruple this recipe with ease, you can make a huge batch without spending appreciably more time.
Naturally, if you don’t have five minutes to spare and have the extra money to spend to make money for someone else, by all means, buy the package mix, additives and all. If you are watching your budget closely and don’t have a lot of money to work with, this is probably the recipe for you.