I love to bake and I know that baking from scratch is usually the most frugal option. But, I confess, I am often lazy and just don’t want to haul out flour and leavening and measuring cups. Duncan Hines could come to my rescue, but there is a better, healthier, less expensive way.
Mixes save the day.
About once a month, I spend an hour or so to make my own mixes. In assembly line fashion, I measure out the “dry team” of some of my favorite recipes. I make four to six batches of each, storing them in quart or gallon-sized freezer bags.I mark the bags clearly with ingredients to add and baking instructions.
I store my mixes in the freezer since I use whole wheat flour that doesn’t have as long a shelf-life as unbleached or all-purpose. This will also help you guard your stash against bugs or other unwanted critters.
Some of our favorite mixes include:
- Basic Pancakes
- Whole Grain Pancakes
- Cocoa Brownies
- Mix and Match Muffins
- Maple-Oat Scones