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I normally don’t buy packaged food at the grocery. I have very little use for it because of the way we eat. But recently I was asked to do bake sale cooking three weekends in a row and ended up hitting the cake mixes pretty hard.
I started looking at the various mixes around the grocery store and realized that it must be possible to produce mixes at home that are inexpensive and more healthful than the ones in the grocery. It would also give me a hand up on preparing certain things because I would already have them half done.
So I embarked on a research project. Here are my results:
- Spice mixes: a very interesting and extensive list of spices can be found at Budget 101.com.
- Large Listing with Recipes: The University of Maine Extension has a great list of mixes, incorporating everything from baking mixes to dressings. It can be found at the Saving Money with Homemade Convenience Mixes.
- Pancake mix: Associated Content has an article with lots of mixes, but the pancake recipe caught my eye because it didn’t have shortening in it. The full article is at Saving Money with Homemade Convenience Mixes.
- Brownies: I have a great recipe for brownies, but sometimes I just want to nuke them. This one, Microwave Brownie Mix recipe over at Cooks.com delivers.
I also found a pile of mix recipes in my old Quick Cooking cookbooks. I will definitely be whipping up some of these to try!
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