Many people think living frugally means you do everything the hard way, that no shortcuts and/or quick easy methods are allowed. For some things that may be true, but it doesn’t have to be so in the kitchen. Most of us stay at home moms, homeschooling moms, and homesteaders will tell you, we are busy too, and sometimes whipping up cookies or brownies from scratch, no matter how much we may want them, just don’t seem worth the effort or mess.
It is true that many of us don’t care for store bought, pre-packaged meals and mixes, for many reasons; preservatives and wasteful packaging being two of them, not to mention the cost. But that doesn’t mean we still can’t have some brownie mix or cornbread mix in the pantry. Simply, we make your own. It saves money compared to store bought, is healthier with no additives and preservatives, there’s no wasteful packaging filling up the garbage can, and best of all, its homemade while still being convenient. When you look at it, it is actually the frugal thing to do because it is saving – time!
I made my own just yesterday. There are recipes all over the internet for making your own mixes, some being virtual duplicates of the name brands. I made brownie mix and jiffy mix to start with. You can use your own recipes too. Basically all you are doing is pre-combining your dry ingredients. Then just write on the package what to add to it and baking/cooking instructions. It is so easy and fast. All you need are some zipper bags, a marker, your recipes and ingredients.
Here is the link for the recipes I used from fake it frugal: http://fakeitfrugal.blogspot.com/2012/03/fake-jiffy-cornbread-mix.html. She also has the brownie recipe and some cookie recipes. If there’s one you would like and can’t find let me know and I will do my best to find it for you. Most of these mixes will store in the pantry for up to 6 months and in the freezer for up to a year.
So until next time, happy saving!!