Recession Cooking Tips

Convenience foods can be expensive but with a little initiative you can make these yourself.

Just make sure you label them or throw a note in the jar on how to prepare them.

In this article I’ll give you the recipe for a standard baking and pancake mix.


* 8 cups all-purpose flour (or 4 cups each all-purpose flour & whole wheat flour)
* 2 Tablespoons baking powder
* 1 Tablespoon salt
* 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 2 cups dry nonfat milk
* 2 cups shortening


Mix flour, baking powder, salt, cream of tartar, baking soda, nonfat milk, and shortening together in large bowl (if you have a large mixer it is ideal to use for blending this mix but it can also be done quite adequately using a pastry blender to cut in shortening).

Add shortening about a half cup at a time mixing well after each addition.

Mixture will be mealy when mixed adequately.

Put in air-tight container and store either in refrigerator or at room temperature.

Makes 12 cups that should be sued within 3 months.

You can use this mix to make biscuits, dumplings, muffins, coffee cake, pancakes and waffles. It can also be used as an ingredient in casseroles and desserts.

Make Biscuits:
Mix 2 cups of Baking Mix with 1/2 cup water.

Bake at 450 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes.

Make Muffins:

Mix 2 cups of Baking Mix with 2 Tablespoons sugar, 1 beaten egg and 2/3 cup milk.

Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes.

Make Pancakes:
Mix 2 cups of baking mix with 1 beaten egg and 1-1/3 cup milk.

Make Waffles:

Mix 2 cups of Baking Mix with 1 beaten egg, 2 Tablespoons oil, and 1-1/3 cup milk.

Helene Gentilli lives at 6,000 feet and teaches transitional cooking (teaching healthier choices) and is a Master Herbalist & Iridologist who resides in Running Springs. She is also the proprietor of Botanica West with offices in Arrowbear and Calimesa.

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