Saving money doesn’t always mean you have to sacrifice a lot of your time. The staple foods on this list take minutes to make. Multiply these recipes a few times and you wont have to make another batch any time soon.
#1 – Pancake Mix – We’ve been duped. Pancake mix is so easy to make and store that we could collectively put this food manufacturer out of business if we all made our own. Shame on Aunt Jemima! Here’s how to make it yourself.
- 2 c Flour (your choice)
- 1 Tbs Sugar (more or less to taste)
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cream of tartar
Combine dry ingredients and store. Double or triple as you feel the need. When you want to make pancakes scoop out 1 cup of the pancake mix and add the liquid batter:
- 1 C milk
- 1-2 eggs
- 1 Tbs oil
Whisk together and add to the dry batter. Like the commercial mix states, for thicker pancakes, add less liquid, for thinner pancakes, add more liquid. You can make biscuits using the same basic mix (minus the sugar maybe). For every two cups of mix add:
- 1 cup milk
- 1 stick butter, melted
Combine milk and butter. Make a well in center of biscuit mix. Pour liquid batter into the well and mix to form a dough. Drop chunks of dough onto a baking sheet for drop biscuits or roll out and cut biscuits with the open end of a glass.
#2 – Pancake Syrup – The main ingredient of most commercial pancake syrups is high fructose corn syrup. Most have maple flavor added, whatever that is. Maple syrup is usually not even on the ingredients list. The reason why is, maple syrup does not have a long shelf life if stored above 70° F. I find pure maple syrup, however, to be too thin for pancakes anyway. So I got a little creative.
- Maple Syrup
- Raw Honey
- Black Strap Molasses
Now, I just poured these ingredients together according to my tastes. I didn’t bother with measurements because our strawberry hot cakes were hot and we were hungry. But, feel free to measure and get back to me when you get it just right. I’ll post the results. *Tip: to get these sticky ingredients to slide right off your measuring utensils, coat measuring spoon and cups with oil before filling them up with the sticky stuff. Thank me later
#3 – Baking Powder – Store brought baking powder has aluminum in it to keep it from caking. Who wants to eat aluminum…show of hands…didn’t think so. The good news is that there are only two ingredients required to make baking powder.
- 2 tsp Baking Soda
- 1 tsp cream of tartar
Yup, that’s really it. The above recipe will make 1 Tbs of baking powder, which is usually the most that any recipe will call for (unless you are making baking powder bisquits…post that later). If a recipe calls for less than one tablespoon of baking powder, I mix a tablespoon together anyway, put it in my old baking powder container and scoop out however much I need.
#4 – Brown Sugar – How much is brown sugar running you these days? I havent bought any in so long I have no idea how much it costs. Here is another two ingredient recipe that once you learn how to make it, you will probably never buy any again.
Pour sugar into a high speed blender like the Vitamix (click to buy one with free shipping). Make a well in the center of the sugar. Pour the molasses into the well and blend on low-medium until sugar is all coated with the molasses. A few tips:
- Store this in an airtight container in your pantry.
- I usually make a small batch unless a recipe calls for a lot of brown sugar to prevent caking.
- I prefer blackstrap molasses rather than sulfured molasses. The blackstrap makes a dark brown sugar. If you want a lighter sugar, just use less of the blackstrap molasses
- The well is important because if you are not careful you could turn your brown sugar into powdered brown sugar…which brings us to the next item you should stop buying right now.
#5 – Powdered Sugar – Powdered sugar really is just one ingredient- sugar – although I do prefer to use two.
- 1 C Sugar
- 1 Tbs Cornstarch
Pour ingredients in your Vitamix and blend on high until you have powdered sugar. Store it in an airtight container. Make more or less to suit your needs.
#5a – Whipped Cream – May as well stop buying this too. Make your own and save a few dollars.
- 1 Cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 tbs powdered sugar
Whip the cream for a few seconds with a whisk to get some air in it. Add the powdered sugar (or honey if you like) and whisk it together using steady quick motions until you can pull the whisk up and see a sharp peak that doesn’t bend over. Be careful not to whip it too stiff though or you will end up with a sweet, soft butter. Which, now that I think about it, might not be such a bad thing.