Really silly eating at home question-

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  1. mrsklamc

    mrsklamc <font color=blue>I apologize in advance, but what

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    I feel silly even asking this but I've just never bothered to look at it before. Would it be worth it to make waffles/pancakes from scratch instead of with Bisquick? I usually get it on sale combined with a double coupon so I've never looked at it before.
     
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  3. luvsmickeymouse

    luvsmickeymouse Opt to Adopt!

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    I think it is a good question! I make mine from scratch. It is just pennies to make and the ingredients are all staples that I always have on hand. One thing I like about making my own is that I can leave the salt out. :thumbsup2
     
  4. disneychic2

    disneychic2 DIS Veteran

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    Pancakes are one of the easiest things to make from scratch. I always make mine from scratch (unless we're camping). My granddaughter has been helping me make them since she was around 2 and it's so much fun! Try it, I think you'll be hooked. Let the batter rest for about 5 minutes before cooking and they'll be really fluffy.:thumbsup2 Good luck!:goodvibes
     
  5. linnell

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    I have an autistic son who is on a casein free diet (but still has gluton) and basically eats pancakes 3 -4 times a week. I make my own "bisquick" with the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt) and then I use 1:1 flour mix/(soy) milk (usually 1/2 cup of flour will yield me 8 pancakes, perfect amount for my two boys), a little bit of oil and one egg.
     
  6. GoofItUp

    GoofItUp DIS Veteran

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    What's your Bisquick recipe? I've saved my Bisquick container to store my own pancake/waffle ingredients in. Will be interesting to see if the family knows the difference!
     
  7. jjsmom

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    We prefer Bisquick pancakes (actually I use the WM brand when I can; they're always out), but i've made them from scratch too with little difference. Here's my recipe for Bisquick (or generic) pancakes:

    2 c. bisquick (not packed tightly)
    2 eggs
    1 1/4 c. milk

    -stir with wire wisk until most lumps are gone. I spray the griddle with pam first. Pancakes can be done turned when the edges form "hard" bubbles.
     
  8. diznee25

    diznee25 DIS Veteran

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    I make mine from scratch and use a Betty Crocker recipe:

    1 cup flour
    1 tbs baking powder
    1 tbs sugar
    1/2 tsp salt

    1 cup milk
    2 tbs vegetable oil
    1 egg

    Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. In another bowl mix wet ingredients. Combined wet with dry ingredients and mix. Easy and yummy!
     
  9. GoofItUp

    GoofItUp DIS Veteran

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    Thanks -- this is what I was looking for. I'm going to mix up a few recipes and keep in the Bisquick container. When we're ready for pancakes I'll just add a little over a cup of the mix to the wet ingredients. Can't wait to try it!
     
  10. bumbershoot

    bumbershoot DIS Veteran

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    I would recommend putting it in a zip top bag inside the container. Just to make sure it stays nice and fresh.
     
  11. Disneycrazymom

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    I love the Betty Crocker ones! They are so much better than boxed. That said I always have a box of "only add water" ones in the closet so that I have something to fix if we are out of everything and I don't have time to get to the store that day.
     
  12. princesspwrhr

    princesspwrhr DIS Veteran

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    YES. They taste better, and freeze well. Just make a double batch and then you have some on hand for quick breakfasts.
     
  13. RMAMom

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    When my kids were little and the budget was tight I made my own Bisquick and stored it in a tupperware container.

    Homemade Biscuit Mix
    17 cups all-purpose flour
    8 tablespoons baking powder
    2 tablespoons salt
    4 teaspoons cream of tartar
    2 teaspoons baking soda
    3 cups instant non-fat dry milk powder
    4 1/2 cups shortening

    In a very large bowl, stir together all dry ingredients. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place. Makes 26 cups. Mix will keep for two to three months. As with any mix, always remember to label and date all containers carefully.


    For biscuits, mix together 3 cups of baking mix and 2/3 cup water or milk. Blend well, knead slightly, then roll out and cut into desired shape. Bake at 450° for 10 to 15 minutes. Makes 10 to 12 biscuits. For drop biscuits, add 2 tablespoons extra liquid.

    For pancakes, mix together 4 1/2 cups basic mix and 2 tablespoons sugar until blended. Add 2 beaten eggs and 2 3/4 cups milk, buttermilk or water. Mix thoroughly. Bake on a well-greased hot griddle. Makes 13 to 16 6-inch pancakes.

    For muffins, blend 2 2/3 cups basic mix and 4 tablespoons sugar. Add 1 beaten egg and 1 cup milk or water. Stir just until blended together. Pour into greased muffin cups. Bake at 425° degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. Makes one dozen muffins.

    For corn bread, mix 3 cups basic mix, 9 tablespoons cornmeal, and 1 cup sugar. Blend well. Add 3 eggs, 1 1/2 cups milk or water and 1/4 cup melted butter or margarine. Fill greased 9 x 13-inch pan with batter. Bake at 350° for 30 to 40 minutes.

    For breadsticks, mix 2 cups basic mix, 1/2 cup cornmeal or flour, and 1/2 teaspoon salt together. Add a scant 1/2 cup milk or water. Blend to form a dough, then knead until smooth. Form into 12 small logs, about 1/2 inch thick. Bake at 400° for 15 to 20 minutes until crisp and well browned.

    For doughnuts, blend 3 cups basic mix, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg. Mix together 2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 eggs, 2/3 cup milk or water in a separate bowl, then add to dry ingredients. Stir until dough forms. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Roll out 1/2 inch thick and cut with a floured cutter or drinking glass. Fry in hot oil, about 375°, turning once to brown each side. Drain on paper towels. Dredge in powdered sugar while doughnuts are still warm.

    For molasses cookies, mix 2 cups basic mix, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon each of ground cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Blend. Stir in 1 egg yolk and 1/2 cup molasses. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Shape dough into 1 1/2 inch balls. Flatten with a sugar-dipped glass. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet 375° for 10 minutes, or until edges are brown. Cool. Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies.
     
  14. MikeP22

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    I honestly never thought about whether it costs more or less, I just prefer making them from scratch because of the taste and because of the garbage that food manufacturers put into things like boxed mixes.
    I've always found that the boxed mixes have a bitter aftertaste too.
     
  15. mhsjax

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    I do Betty Crocker also, they are soooooo much better than any box mix. Mixes do not come anywhere close to scratch and usually the ingredients are what you have on hand.

    Try from scratch, I think you will find them much better and not any more difficult.
     
  16. mrsklamc

    mrsklamc <font color=blue>I apologize in advance, but what

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    I don't have a problem with the taste; and as for the contents of the boxes, well...I have to ingest radioactive material annually for the rest of my life so I'm not going to stress over the Bisquick. :rotfl: I think I will try scratch this weekend though.
     
  17. marius97

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    Where I come from, Bisquick IS from scratch.:rotfl:
     
  18. bettymae1121

    bettymae1121 sure. fine. whatever.

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    I make mine from scratch so I can use organic flour. I also use buttermilk rather than regular milk. So yummy!
     
  19. FigmentFinder

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    If you're getting Bisquick super cheap with coupons and sales, it might be cheaper than buying flour, eggs, milk etc for pancakes.

    Homemade tastes better though.
     
  20. C.Ann

    C.Ann <font color=green>We'll remember when...<br><font

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    Although with most things, I'm a "from scratch type of gal", I was thinking in the same terms that you are.. With the cost of everything going through the roof, she would really have to sit down and figure out if she was saving money or not..

    If it turns out that with coupons and sales it's costing her less, I would stock up with as much as I could get during a good sale, keep one box out to use, and store the other boxes in zip lock bags in the freezer or fridge..

    You know things are bad when making from scratch is sometimes costing more than pre-made..:(
     
  21. bumbershoot

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    Eggs and milk are used for Bisquick, though, so it's only the dry ingredients you need to buy extra. The initial outlay, if you have none of those items, is more than a box of B, but over time it evens out.
     

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