One of the biggest frugal buzzwords is "homemade". You just can't beat the savings when you can skip the need to pay for the labor, packaging or shipping. Plus the healthiness of home mixes far outweighs their store bought versions. And one of the most stained up, dog eared cookbooks in my cupboard is chock full of recipes for homemade mixes to make in large batches and keep in your cupboards for quick and easy use.
If you don't already have a copy of The Make-A-Mix Cookbook then go check it out at your local library or follow my link in the left sidebar under "I Recommend". Every frugal kitchen should have it. It has everything from spice mixes, Bisquick type mixes, homemade puddings, cake mixes and breads. And then there are all sorts of recipes from dinner to dessert that you can use your homemade mixes in. They are wholesome, quick and easy to put together. Here's one of my favorites.
Quick Mix (homemade Bisquick but better)
8 1/2 cups all purpose flour
4 Tablespoons baking powder
1 Tablespoon Salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups instant non-fat dry milk or buttermilk powder
2 1/4 cups vegetable shortening
Sift together dry ingredients. Use pastry cutter to cut in shortening until mixture resembles cornmeal in texture. Put in airtight container. Label with date and contents. Store in a cool dry place. Use within 10 - 12 weeks. Makes about 13 cups.
This mix can be used for recipes that can be found in the book, like....
Super Duper Doughnuts
Curried Shrimp Rounds
Tuna Cheese Swirls
Hot Fudge Pudding Cake
Apple Walnut Cake
English Griddle Scones
Just to name a few.
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