Tip Thursday: Homemade Mixes

by: Lauren McMillan

Whether on the road, baking in foreign kitchens, or simply short on time, making your own mixes can be a great option. It allows you to use your most cherished recipes with ease and speed. If like me, you also have food allergies or intolerances, homemade mixes cut out the worry about ingredient cross-contamination in the kitchens of others. They also make great gifts for friends and family alike. We’ve given homemade mixes to newly diagnosed friends and it always gives a sense of comfort when starting a new diet such as celiac, especially when you know that it came from a kitchen that is gluten-free.

Of course, homemade mixes surely should not be limited to those of us with food sensitivities. The best part of homemade mixes is the fact that you can make it yourself with a handful of your favourite recipes. There are certain types of recipes that they work much better for than others- when all the dry ingredients are added at once, it works best. Otherwise, you need multiple bags or jars and that can become a chore, rather than a quick solution.

Start by labeling your ziptop bag with the recipe and the instructions. If using a jar, you can write an instruction card for it.

Then, gather everything you need. The dry ingredients necessary, a medium-sized bowl and measuring cups and spoons.

Folding over the edges of your ziptop bag can help to make sure everything gets in the bag rather than some powder escaping into the bowl. Having the bag in the bowl also helps to prop it up and prevent spillage.

Add all of the ingredients.

When you’re done, zip it up, shake it, and it’s ready to be stored for future use.

When it comes time to use, pour it into the bowl.

Then whisk it up and use as your recipe instructs!

For some great recipes to use as mixes, check out these links:
Gluten-Free Millet Biscuits (as pictured)
Fluffy Gluten-Free Pancakes
Gluten-Free Banana Bread

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  • KellyC
    September 19th, 2011

    I did this last night for a cupcake recipe I need to put together quickly tonight. I got all the dry ingredients already measured out on the baggie. I can also give to a friend if I need help getting all the cupcakes ready for this event.

  • Heidi
    September 19th, 2011

    Thanks for this great post. I love making gifts in jars, especially baking mixes and I really look forward to giving this recipe and others over the winter months. Your blog is a drem come true for me. Thanks for sharing.

  • Rain
    September 19th, 2011

    Wonderful site!! Thanks can’t wait to try these!!

  • rosemary s
    September 19th, 2011

    This would be great in those nice little jars – wish I could win some, but I can’t figure out how to enter.

  • Resa
    September 19th, 2011

    I do this when I make the same thing often. If I make biscuits every Saturday morning, it’s easy to make 6 bags while I have everything out & it saves time for future mornings. Great post!

  • kyleen
    October 1st, 2011

    This is a great idea! I’ve never tried mixing dry ingredients in advance, but I’m sure it’ll cut down on prep time.

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