Monday, November 7, 2011

Homemade mixes save money, calories

Today I share more recipes from my pal, Karen Bright, Nutrition Outreach Instructor for WVU Extension Service in Preston County.

If you want to save money and cut preservatives out of your food, try these from-scratch mixes. I have used the homemade Bisquick for biscuits and pancakes and it works just like the store-bought mix. I have also used the cream-of-whatever soup mix in casserole recipes.

Use this homemade mix in any recipe calling for Bisquick or other commercial baking mixes.
8 cups flour
1 1/4 cups nonfat dry milk powder
1/4 cup baking powder
1 tablespoon salt
2 cups shortening or 1 cup canola oil

Combine flour, milk, baking powder and salt in a very large bowl.

Cut in shortening until it resembles coarse corn meal. Store in tightly covered container in the refrigerator.


2 cups powdered nonfat milk
3/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup instant chicken boullion
(can also use powdered vegetable stock if you can find it)
2 tablespoons dried onion flakes
1 teaspoon thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Mix all ingredients together.

To substitute for one can of condensed soup:
Combine 1/3 cup of dry mix with 1 1/4 cups cold water in a saucepan. Cook and stir until thickened. Add to casseroles as you would the canned product.

Makes the equivalent of 9 cans of soup.

Source: "The New American Diet", (c) 1986.

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