The cost of groceries keeps going higher, and while I've been streamlining my weekly menus and snacks, it still wasn't enough. So when I ran across the ideas of making your own mixes to store in your pantry---for pennies compared to what I was spending, I said, "I'm in!".
I started off by making my own biscuit mix. I always keep it in my pantry now. It is so versatile in that I can make biscuits, muffins, dumplings, waffles, pancakes, shortcakes and cobblers. I don't know where I got this recipe, but there are cookbooks out there that have recipes for making all kinds of mixes. Here is one that is reasonably priced, titled Make-Ahead Mix Day: Complete Recipes and Instructions for On-hand Homemade Quick Mixes by Ward. If you purchase through my link, it helps me out and doesn't cost you anything extra. Some of the mix cookbooks are very expensive due to the fact that they are so popular, so keep your eye out for copies, used or new, that are not as costly.
My newest thing to try, and in fact, what I mixed up today in about ten minutes, is Cream of Chicken soup! I made a quart jar mix in less than the time it used to take to open up a can. I mixed together 1 3/4 cups of flour, 1 1/2 cups of powdered milk, 3 Tablespoons of powdered chicken bouillon and 1 1/2 Tablespoons of dried minced onions. You can also add some of your dried parsley if you wish. Mix well, put in a jar and add a label so you know how to mix and use it.
To make the soup, whisk together 1/2 cup of the mix with 1 1/4 cups of water. Heat up and add whatever ingredients you wish; chopped fresh chives or chive flowers, some cooked, chopped chicken, some cooked rice---or use the mix to add to your casserole recipes. It's that simple.
Now, what other mix should I make????