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Frugal All-Purpose Baking Mix

Pre-packaged store-bought box mixes are expensive. Have you considered homemade alternatives? Made-from-scratch mixes are healthy, cost beneficial, store well, and taste great. Often times, you're paying for the packaging of commercial "convenience" foods and you don't have any control over the additives and preservatives they contain. When making your own mixes, you tailor the ingredients, so have control over the quality and quantity. Making your own bulk mixes is a great way to stock your pantry. Creative containers make homemade mixes a terrific frugal gift idea too.

There's something deeply satisfying when cooking from scratch. It takes some minimal preparation, but many of the ingredients are already a staple in your pantry. It's not as time consuming as you may think. Supplies Plastic baggies Glass containers with tight fitted lids Prep area Labels Appropriate ingredients Storage area Basic kitchen tools Plastic containers Decorative items for gifts. (Ribbons, printable recipe cards, labels) Master Baking Mix 9 cups sifted all-purpose flour 1/3 cup baking powder 1 Tablespoon salt 2 teaspoons cream of tartar 4 Tablespoons granulated sugar 2 1/2 cups nonfat dry milk solids 2 cups shortening (which does not require refrigeration) Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, cream of tartar and sugar three times.

Add dry milk. Mix well. Cut in shortening until mixture looks like cornmeal. Store in covered container at room temperature. Below is a Banana Bread recipe you can make quickly and easily with the above basic baking mix. Banana Bread Beat 2 eggs and 1/4 cup sugar together in a bowl until well blended. Mix in 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and 1 1/4 cups (about 3) mashed bananas. Stir in 2 1/2 cups Master Baking Mix. Pour into a greased 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 to 55 minutes or until brown .


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