Friday, July 20, 2012

Mixes, mixes, mixes!





In my attempts to save money and streamline my meal planning I decided to investigate homemade baking mixes.   Over a period of several weeks, I looked over some of the many mix recipes that are out there.  After trying various ones I compiled my own by mixing and matching.  Through experimentation I made tweaks to each recipe so I feel that I can share them with you.



I decided that I would invest $20 and purchase these containers at Walmart.  I am very thankful I did.  I believe they were each about $3.  All but one of the mixes did not fit in the 1 gallon containers.  The baking mix was about double.  So, I put the remainder of the mix in a tupperware and stored it in the freezer.


Because these mixes were to put together to make baking quicker and easier, I decided to also print out the recipes for each one on these tags and hang them on the back of the mix jar.  Then I would also have the recipe handy, and wouldn't have to take the time finding the recipe each time I wanted to use it.

Click on the following words to print each out :  
  Printable Recipes         Printable Labels


Using the same template, I created labels for the front as well.  Feel free to print the recipes and labels out for your own personal use.  I printed the labels on label paper and the recipes on card stock so they would hold up better.

I settled on 6 mixes that I thought would be helpful to our family.  So far the only mix I haven't tried yet is the cornbread mix.  We are very happy with all the rest!  

UPDATE as of 12/29/12:  We have used all the mixes and remade them several times.  The only one that I don't seem to make as much is the muffin recipe, even though we do like it.  They have been a huge blessing over and over, and have gotten me out of a pinch many times.  Trust you are enjoying them as well.  :0)

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Brownie Mix:


8 cups sugar
6 cups flour
2 cups cocoa powder
1 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
1 Tbsp salt

To Make: (this is the recipe that is on the tag)
(just lightly mix the ingredients, if you beat them a lot it gets too much air in the eggs and gives more of a cake-like texture.)

2 1/4 cups brownie mix
2 eggs beaten
1/3 c melted butter
2 tsp vanilla

Pour into an 8x8 " pan.  Serves 8-9  (these brownies are quite thick- about 2"-- if you want them thinner place them in an 9 x 13 pan.  They will be about 1/2-1" thick then
 Bake for 30-35 min at 350 degrees.  (25-30 min. for the 9x13 pan- serves 12-15)





All Purpose Quick Mix

5 lbs flour (20 cups)
4 c. dry milk
3/4 cups baking powder
2 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp Cream of Tartar
5 cups vegetable shortening

(you should not use margarine or butter in substitution for the shortening unless you are going to refrigerate your mix)

To Make:

Biscuits
3 cups quick mix
3/4-1 cup water
Spread  2 tablespoons of melted butter on biscuits before baking.
Bake for 10-12 min at 450 degrees

Try to handle the dough as little as possible, as this will create rubberiness if handled too much.

Shortcake
3 cups quick mix
2 Tbsp sugar
3/4 cup  water
Bake 10-12 min at 450 degrees

Coffee Cake
3 cups quick mix
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup  water 
1 tsp vanilla
(optional: add 1/2 cup sour cream to make it creamier)

Filling
1 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine quick mix, sugar, egg, water and vanilla.  Add dry ingredients.  Prepare filling by mixing dry ingredients together, then cut in the butter.   Spread half of the cake mix, half of the filling, then the other half of the cake mix, then the other half of the filling in an 8x8 pan.  I used a 2" deep pan and it filled the pan to the top.  So, you could probably use a larger pan and the cake would be just a little thinner. Bake for 40-50 min. (mine was done in 30 min.)

The original recipe I found only had half the filling recipe and used it only in the middle.  The coffee cake really needed some sweetness sprinkled on the top though.  So I double the filling and sprinkled the other half on the top----much better!!

UPDATE:  Another delicious and quick recipe to make with this mix is:

Cinnamon Roll Biscuits

4 1/2 cups baking mix
1 1/3 c milk

2 T butter 
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 T. cinn

Glaze:  
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
2-3 T milk

Mix together mix and milk.  Roll out the dough on floured surface.  Spread butter, then sprinkle on brown sugar/cinnamon mix.  Roll up the dough and cut into 2" wide slices.  Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 min.  Mix together the glaze then spread on rolls when cooled a little.



Homemade Tortilla Mix
(I just made half of this recipe)

16 cups flour
2 Tbsp baking powder
2 Tbsp salt
1/2 cups shortening

To make:
2 cups of tortilla mix
1 cup of water

Divide dough into 15 little balls, cover and let them rise 10-15 min.  Roll them out as thin as you can get them.  (You can use a tortilla press, but I have found that a rolling pin works just as well, or better) .  Fry on a dry, hot griddle, about 2 min. on each side or until little brown spots begin to appear.  If it takes longer than 2 minutes your griddle is not hot enough.  

The consistency you are looking for in the dough is almost like play dough.  If it is too crumbly they will not roll out well.  That is why the water amount is so varied.  Depending on the humidity of the day, you will need more or less.


Pancake/Waffle Mix

8 cups of unbleached flour
2 cups nonfat dry milk
1/2 cup sugar
3 Tbsp baking powder
1 1/2 Tbsp baking soda
2 tsp salt

To Make Pancakes:
2 cups mix
1 3/4 cups of water or milk
1 egg
2 Tbsp vegetable oil

To Make Waffles:
2 1/2 cups of mix
2 cups of water
3 eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil

Corn Bread Mix

4 cups flour
4 cups yellow cornmeal
2 cups dry milk
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup baking powder
1 Tbsp baking soda
2 tsp salt

To Make:
1 1/4 cups cornbread mix
1 egg beaten
1/2 cup water or milk (butter milk is even better!)
2 Tbsp oil
Pour into 8x8" pan.  Bake 12-15 min at 425 degrees

(you can also make corn muffins by baking them in muffin tins for 15 min. at 425 degrees)

Muffin Mix

12 cups flour
4 Tbsp baking powder
1 Tbsp baking soda
2 tsp salt
4 1/2 cup sugar

Plain muffins:

2 3/4 cups mix
2 eggs
1 cup milk 
1/4 cup oil
Bake 15-18 min at 400*

Optional Streusel Topping:
1/2 cup of flour
1/2 cup of brown sugar
2 tbsp butter
Cut the butter into the flour/brown sugar mix.  Pour half of muffin mix into half of muffin cups.  Sprinkle half of the streusel, then cover with the rest of the muffin mix, and finally top with the rest of the streusel.

Blueberry Muffins:

2 3/4 cups of muffin mix
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup milk
1 cup blueberries
1 tsp vanilla
Bake 15-18 min at 400*

The final cost:

$20 for the containers @ $3 each
$ 6.36 for the 20 lbs of flour
$2.38 for a large container of Baking Powder
$2.19 for 4lb sugar
$4.00 for shortening

All the other ingredients I already had on hand.  Probably the most expensive item, if you don't already have it in your pantry, is the powdered milk.

So about $35  total.  Only about $14 if you take out the containers.  Not bad considering you have the equivalent of  about:

8 brownie mixes
6 muffin mixes
8 cornbread mixes
5 pancake/waffle mixes
8 tortilla recipes that make at least 15 tortillas each
8-9 shortcake/biscuit/coffe cake mixes

So, let's say I spent a total of $20 (because of counting in the cost of the items I already had on hand) then it would be about $.46 a mix.  Not bad!

How about you?  What mixes have you used?  Are there many that you continually make?




180 comments:

  1. Melissa, these are awesome! I'm going to pin them when I get home. Thanks so much for doing all the hard work. Barb

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  2. I love how you stored these. I want my pantry to look like yours!

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  3. What a GREAT idea and I'm in love with the containers and labels!
    Thanks for linking up this week! I featured your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2012/diy-projects/ Have a great rest of the weekend

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  4. What a great idea to save money! New follower.

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  5. Such a wonderful idea! You really went the extra mile with the labels and the recipes ~ thank you. I think these would make awesome gifts too.

    I'm a new follower and so glad I stopped by from Tidy Mom's! I'm anxious to see more of your creativity. Stop by and say hi when you can.

    Pat

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  6. You are too fabulous! I bet you could substiute powdered buttermilk in the pancake mix? That could be yummy too!

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    1. That's a great idea! Thanks for sharing..

      Melissa

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  7. Do you have any information on the containers themselves. Went to my local walmart and they didn't have anything even close and when I looked on line for storage containers it returned over 2000 results. Hoping to not have to sort through them all. Thank you. Also have you ever done chocolate chip cookie mix? That is my goal for this weekend, along with your brownie mix

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    1. The canisters are Mainstays brand and were in the kitchen storage aisle. I also found a link to the item at walmart.com: http://www.walmart.com/search/search-ngdo?tab_value=all&search_query=mainstays+plastic+containers&cat_id=4044_623679&pref_store=5191&ic=16_16.

      The bummer is it says price varies by store, so it sounds like you can't purchase them online.
      Sorry about that.

      I haven't done chocolate chip cookie mix, but I have heard that people have and they love it. I like making my cookie dough ahead of time and freezing it in logs or balls. Then I put them on the pan and bake them frozen for just a few minutes longer. Delicious!

      Hope this helps. Have fun!!

      Melissa

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    2. Tupperware Modular Mates work great also and they are stackable to utilize all your cabinet space. The profit from everything purchased from my website through 10/25/12 will go to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. www.my2.tupperware.com/donnakjohnson

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    3. I just tried to get to the walmart site above and the link was not working. Here is a working link in case you are trying to find the mainstay canisters I used: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Mainstays-1-Gal-Canister/16408650

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  8. Thanks so much, I will look up the item now. I found a chocolate chip cookie mix recipe and I will try putting it together this weekend. I'll let you know how it turns out. Can't wait to try your brownie mix :-) thanks again.

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    1. Great! You'll have to let me know if you like the cookie mix too.

      Melissa

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  9. I love this idea and how it makes more than just one recipe at a time. Have you done cake mixes like this too? All the recipes I've found just makes 1 recipe. I would like the bulk to have on hand. Love Love Love your idea.

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    1. I found a site that has a recipe for homemade white cake mix. She also gives instructions on how to make it in bulk, and an option for using powdered milk or not. Sounds like a good recipe. If you try it out let me know what you think. ;0) http://chickensintheroad.com/farm-bell-recipes/homemade-white-cake-mix/

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    2. Here is another one that has the bulk mix with a lot of varieties of cakes to make with it.

      http://preparedness365.blogspot.com/2010/08/homemade-cake-mixes.html

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  10. This is just too cool! I cant wait to try ALL the mixes!! I do have a question though. In some of the mixes it calls for shortening, is this powedered shortening? And if its not, how do you mix it with the dry ingredients? Pro. a silly question, I just dont wanna mess anything up :)

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    1. The shortening that I use is like Crisco. To mix it with the dry ingredients you can use a pastry cutter, two knives, or your hands. I personally prefer to use my hands. I mix it up with my finger tips, until it is all crumbly and there are no "chunks" of shortening left. Trust that helps.

      Melissa

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    2. I had the same exact question! Thank u for explaining the shortening!!!

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  11. These are beautiful and functional! I'd love it if you could link up at Thursday food Fest at http://www.theeaseoffreeze.com. Thanks so much, Sarah

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  12. This is such a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing your recipes (and the beautiful labels)!
    -Sarah

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  13. What a fantastic idea! This is genius! So glad to be a new follower :)

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  14. This sounds great! Have you tried them all yet? How are the tortillas and the pancake/waffle mix?

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    1. Yes, I have tried them all. I love all of them! The pancake recipe I added a little more water to, and changed the recipe so that it would reflect that. The tortillas are great! They taste so much better than the store bought ones. One recipe usually does one meal for our family of 5. About 3 each. I love the fact that it gives me options when I need to add something else to make a meal stretch. I definitely will be making more of all of them when these run out!

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  15. This is awesome and I am looking forward to making them all and also sharing your idea. With the economy being what it is, we really have to start looking for ways to stretch out whatever money we have...

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    1. Great! Glad I was able to help and thanks for sharing. You're right, in this economy we have to stretch our pennies in all sorts of directions!

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  16. What size pan do you make the coffee cake in? 8 inch square?

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    1. Yes, I use an 8X8. Thanks for catching that. I will add that to the recipe so there is no confusion.

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  17. This is such a creative idea, I use all of my own recipes and buy my flour and other baking goods in bulk, so this would be a great (and pretty) way to utilize all of it, while cutting down on my kitchen time!

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  18. Does each container make the items once, like the brownie mix is that for a one time of making the brownies or multiple?

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    1. Each container makes several mixes. If you look at the bottom of my post where I break up the cost for the mixes there is a list of what I guesstimated that each mix would make. For example: Brownie mix about 8, 6 muffin mixes, etc.... Hope that helps! Have fun!

      Melissa

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  19. Hi Melissa, I'm going to try this but had a question - do you store the mixes that have the shortening in them in your pantry or in the fridge? I would think the shortening would go bad? Thanks, and great job!

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    2. Hi Catherine. That is a good question. If you are using margarine for your shortening than you do need to store it in the fridge. If you use crisco or oil you can store it in the pantry. I used crisco for all of my shortening recipes, therefore I store them in the pantry. Trust this helps!

      Melissa

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  20. These are awesome!! What is the shelf life for these mixes??

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    1. It would depend mostly on how airtight your packaging was. All of the ingredients are dry, so I would think it would be the same as for each individual ingredient before you combined them as a mix.

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    2. That sounds great, but if you are using shortening (I plan to use coconut oil), then the ingredients aren't dry...? I am curious as to the shelf life, after the oil is added... Thanks!!

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  21. This is pure genius! I cook almost everything from scratch, but it is time consuming. This idea makes life just that little bit easier. Thank you for sharing!!!

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  22. I've been saving jars from peanuts/mixed nuts to use in my pantry. They look similar to these, but they are "free." I saw this post on Pinterest and came for a closer look at your labels. I don't make baking mixes because we don't eat much flour/sugar, but I do make my own spice mixes- taco seasoning, fish seasoning, beef rub, seasoning salt, Greek seasoning.

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    1. Great idea to save the mixed nuts jars. Those would work perfectly for your spice mixes! You'll have to let me know how you like your taco seasoning. That would be something I'd be interested in trying to make in bulk.

      Thanks for your comment.

      Melissa

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  23. http://www.food.com/recipe/Bulk-Cookies-Possibilites-238151

    Found this sight for bulk that cookie mixes that I thought you would enjoy. ou can make several different cookies with this bulk mix. Also has the individual recipes for each.
    What a great idea you have!

    I'm surfing the web now for other bulk recipes, also interested in cake mixes.

    Thanks for Sharing! Robin

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    1. Thank you Robin for sharing this link. How fun to have a bulk cookie mix. I'll have to try it out!

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  24. Great Idea! And the best part is there are now bizarre ingredients that make you go "hmmmm".

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  25. Have you ever heard of Alison's Pantry? They make a vanilla powder that you could use in these mixes, to eliminate a step when you're using the mix.

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    1. I have never heard of them, but I will check it out. I actually use a mexican pure vanilla that I really like. It gives everything such a great flavor. Powdered vanilla would mix right in beautifully. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  26. Di you use all purpose flour or self rising?

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  27. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  28. Love this...and love the labels! Would you mind sharing how you made the template for the labels, and what font you used? Thanks!!

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    1. I have figured out how to make some labels, (getting ready to organize my entire pantry) but would LOVE to know the name of the font you used! I plan to use your free printable, and would love the fonts to match in the entire pantry! Thanks!!

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    2. I'm sorry it took me a while to get back to you. The font is Mona Lisa Solid ITC TT. I believe it was a standard font on my Mac. If you would like to use the brown template, send me a quick message on my Facebook with your email, and I'll email you the template. Then you can adjust and create for your pantry.

      Good luck on getting your pantry all organized! Sounds like fun. :0)

      Melissa

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  29. Can you please help me I cant download this wonderful files?? I found this on Pinterest and I am so excited to get started but I cant get the copies of the labels?
    Thanks,
    Susie

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    1. Sure, no problem. Did the link not work for you? Here is the link where they are:

      http://www.mediafire.com/view/?y5flxdgqrfobz31

      and

      http://www.mediafire.com/view/?sdwvsi282gu61sv

      If you copy and paste these in your browser it will take you to the page where you can download the files. Then just click on the green download button up on the far right, and it should get you going.

      Let me know if you have trouble with anything.

      Melissa

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  30. Melissa,

    Would the All Purpose Quick Mix work for a pizza dough? Or, would I need to make some changes? I am very new to cooking from scratch, but I am also very excited about it. I just quit my job as a teacher to stay home with my baby and I am trying to make our dollars go a little further too. So, thank you for this!

    Carolyn

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    1. Carolyn,

      Congratulations on staying home with your baby! I was able to do the same and wouldn't change those wonderful years for anything.

      As far as the pizza dough being a quick mix, it might be a little more challenging. Mostly because you would use yeast instead of baking soda or powder for the leavener. I believe that yeast doesn't do very well being stored at room temperature. An option to this would be to store your premade mix in the freezer. Then the yeast would be fine. The other option would be to include everything in your mix except the yeast, then just add the yeast with the liquid as you would do for other mixes. That would probably be the easiest. If you do try it, please let me know how it turned out. I might try it myself........ :0)

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  31. I spent all day making these awesome mixes and can't wait to start trying them! I too want to streamline my pantry with these containers and labels! Could I
    Get the blank template also? Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Great!! Glad you are able to use them. Yes, if you would like the blank template send me a message on my facebook page and I will instant message the link to you.

      Melissa

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  32. Where can I get the containers? Love them!

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    1. The canisters are Mainstays brand and were in the kitchen storage aisle at Walmart. I also found a link to the item at walmart.com: http://www.walmart.com/search/search-ngdo?tab_value=all&search_query=mainstays+plastic+containers&cat_id=4044_623679&pref_store=5191&ic=16_16.

      The bummer is it says price varies by store, so it sounds like you can't purchase them online.

      Hope this helps.

      Melissa

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  33. Love this. I am very against all the chemicals in our food today. Love this idea.

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  34. Love these! I love how all your containers match..My question is what size labels do you use when you print these. I cant wait to print them out!

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    1. The label is about 3 1/2" x 3 1/2". I used a sheet that didn't have any perforations so I could just cut out the label.

      Trust this helps!

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  35. I've been using these canisters from Walmart for my home made laundry powder and my home made Belgian Waffle mix. Love that now I can add your purty labels!!!

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  36. thank you for this! it is truly amazing!! I will be doing this in my home. Thankyou for template as well!!

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  37. I love your labels. I'm wondering about printing them off though, what label paper do I buy? Is it one big sheet and I have to cut them out by hand? Sorry, confused.

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  38. Sorry, I just saw the earlier post.

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    1. No problem! I do the same thing. :0)

      Melissa

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  39. When my children were young we lived off of these mixes. My son's favorite was the coffee cake. If any of my kids started, but didn't finish, an apple, I tucked it in the fridge and planned a coffee cake in the next 48 hours. I chopped the flesh into raisin sized pieces and stirred them into the batter and sprinkled the cinnamon sugar on top. This would work with pears, too. Now that he's at college, it's still a favorite when he comes home.

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  40. Great recipes! And your labels are so cute! I just found you through 24/7 moms, and I'm sharing your post on my social networks! Have a great day!

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  41. Please come join In The Kitchen Thursdays Blog Party and share your creations! Hope to see you there! I am following your blog. Hope you will come by and do the same!

    Happy Autumn,
    Annamaria

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  42. Thanks for doing this. Always looking for ways to save money. Made the muffin mix yesterday and a added cinnamon and nutmeg to the mix. They were wonderful. So light and fluffy...yes, I at too many of them....couldn't help myself. Thanks again!

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    1. Your welcome---glad you are enjoying the mixes.

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  43. Hi I was just wondering for the Tortilla mix what is the best way to combine all the indigence.

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    1. Combine all the dry ingredients first, then mix in the shortning. Use a pastry cutter, two knives or your finger tips, until the mixture resembles small crumbs. I personally prefer my finger tips.
      Trust this helps.

      Melissa

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    2. I want to use a Crisco substitute, but assume I will need to add it each time I make a recipe (vs. in the big mix)...how much shortening would each recipe call for if you hadn't put it in the big mix? That way I can figure out how much of each substitute (whether it be butter or applesauce) I would need?

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    3. Would a food processor work to combine the dry ingredients with the Crisco? I haven't used Crisco in about 30 years, so I can't remember very well how it handles! LOL

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    4. I don't own a food processor, so I am really not completely sure. Crisco is quite soft. It would be the equivalent of margarine or butter that it at room temperature. Sorry I can't help any more than that. :(

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    1. I was wondering that as well. I bought some unbleached whole wheat white flour that I'm hoping I can use...

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    2. I really don't know as I have never tried it. I have heard various things about substituting whole wheat for all purpose flour. Some say you need to use less, as it tends to be heavier than all purpose flour, others say they do fine with the same proportions. So I guess you may just have to try it and see. Let me know if it works out for you. If anyone else knows the answer for this feel free to answer.

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    3. Here's an article I found about substituting whole wheat flour for the all purpose white flour:

      http://www.ehow.com/how_2299938_substitute-wholewheat-flour-white.html

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  45. also wondering about a natural sweetener live stevia

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    1. I have never done it personally but here is an article that addresses the issue:

      http://www.ehow.com/how_2268348_substitute-stevia-sugar-baking.html

      Trust this helps

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  46. I was hoping to edit the recipes slightly and make some others (e.g. pumpkin bread), but can't edit from the downloaded PDF's. Would you be willing to email the templates to me? I could give you my email (offline).

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    1. Sure thing. The best way is to send me an email via my contact button. I can reply with the link to the templates.

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  47. Hi. I am wondering if bread flour can be used in these mixes?
    Thanks!

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  48. I have never used bread flour. But here is an article that explains the difference between all purpose flour and bread flour and when you should use each.

    http://www.ehow.com/facts_6077476_difference-all_purpose-_amp_-bread-flour.html

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  49. I found this on Pinterest and I'm looking forward to trying some of these. I noticed the pancake mix specifically says unbleached flour. Can unbleached flour be used for all the mixes? Sorry if thus us a silly question. Thanks do much for sharing.

    Leslie

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    1. Yes, you can use unbleached for all the recipes. You can also use bleached. It really won't make that much of a difference. :0)

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  50. I really want to do this! Thank you!

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  51. I have a question about the tortilla mix. Wouldn't you use the shortning during the cooking process and not part of the mix for storage and future uses?

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    1. You may do it either way. If you would rather, just add the shortening as you prepare the tortillas. It is perfectly fine though to have it mixed in with the other dry ingredients and then just add water in order to prepare them. Whichever way suits you will work. :0)

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  52. I see a Cornbread recipe, but I can't find the Cornbread Mix directions...am I looking right at it or is it not showing? I really want to do that one, too. :)

    thanks. :)

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    1. Hi Holly,

      The directions are right under the recipe. The end of the recipe says 2 tsp salt. Then the following words are the beginning of the instructions. If you are talking about the print out of the directions it is on the top left on the second page. :0)

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  53. These mixes are such a great idea. Being lactose intolerant, it is not possible for me to use most of them though. Do you know if there is such a thing as a dry milk subsitute like dry milk? Thanks.. love you site :)

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    1. Marcelle, maybe this site will help. I have heard of some of these.....you might just have to experiment. http://www.livestrong.com/article/208885-vegan-substitutes-for-powdered-milk/

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  54. Thanks so much for sharing these ideas and mixes. I can't wait to try them out. Megan

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  55. I have made and used all of the mixes and I love them. I have learned that I can make up the biscuit mix, put them on a wax paper lined baking sheet and put them in the freezer to freeze. Once frozen hard you put them in Ziploc bags and use as many as you want. You can also make up cooked pancakes and put them up in the freezer too. Makes my life easy.

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    1. That's wonderful Rhonda! I am so glad that you are making good use of them. That is a great idea to have the biscuits pre-made and frozen. Thanks for sharing!

      Melissa

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    2. Question about the biscuits, I just made some using the milk instead of water and the inside of the biscuits still seemed pretty "wet" is it because I used the milk instead of water ?

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    3. I doubt it is because of the milk instead of water. I would just use a little less liquid or bake them a little longer. :)

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  56. So I was thinking this would be a great gift item for my daughter in college. She is always coming home and raiding my pantry. If I made her all of these, and at the same time made them for myself, then she would have months of supplies in her pantry. Thanks.

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    1. Great idea Trish! Especially because they would be really quick for her to make. I'm sure she'll love it!

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  57. Wow! Hi, I discovered your blog through Pinterest! Cool idea! I should try this!
    Please visit my blog some time: youngcitybaker.blogspot.com
    Thanks- Julia

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  58. Opps sorry! I ment Leela. Weird typo. Hmm...that was weird!

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  59. I use coconut oil for most of my baking now. Do you think I could mix that into the mixes instead of shortening? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Sarah,

      If you keep your coconut oil on the shelf, then it should be perfectly safe. If you store it in the refrigerator, than you would also need to store your mix in the refrigerator once finished as well.

      Trust this helps

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  60. Found these same recipies on another blog... strange...

    http://heart-hands-home.blogspot.com/2012/02/all-purpose-quick-mix.html#disqus_thread

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  61. I found you on pinterest. I have made the "quick mix" one. I attempted a "bisquick" replacement that was horrible before, but yours is spot on. Made biscuits this weekend, the kids didn't even realize it was the mix. I can't wait to try the muffin and tortilla mixes....

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  62. This is a great idea! I'm planning on using it as Christmas presents! Would you recommend me not putting in shortening? I'm worried about the longevity and thinking that might help keep them from expiring to soon. Thanks for the help :)

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    1. Great idea for a Christmas gift!! I'm sure they will enjoy it.

      I think it would be fine to go ahead and add the shortening as shortening has a very long shelf life. However if you are using margarine, or butter for the shortening then, yes, I would recommend leaving it out.

      Happy mixing! :0)

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  63. Hi, these look great, I really want to try that. What kind of dry milk do you use? Is there a specific brand?
    Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Hi Helene,

      I use powdered milk from Aldi. I used a name brand before and didn't taste any difference. So in this case for me- the cheaper the better. :0)

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  64. With the all purpose mix do you have to do anything special since the shortening is added for storage? Do you know how long it lasts?

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  65. hi, I'm wondering how many 1 gal. containers will one bulk recipe fill. i see one calls for 5 lbs of flour. Surely that makes more that 1 gal

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    1. Yes, there are a couple of the recipes that make more than 1 gal. The all purpose mix makes about 2 gal. The muffin recipe does as well. The tortilla recipe makes about 2 gal as well, if you make the whole batch. All the others should be 1 gal or less.

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  66. seriously such a great idea! and I love the Labels!

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  67. I can't help but notice that a lot of these mix recipes are virtually identical to another blog's mix recipes... Which were posted about six months' prior to these. I'd really love to see what your sources were for 'creating' these mixes, particularly because it seems rather coincidental to have virtually verbatim bulk recipes, and it would be awfully disappointing to find that these were plagiarized, especially since I really enjoy your blog... :/

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    1. Here is what I said on this blog post:

      "Over a period of several weeks, I looked over some of the many mix recipes that are out there. After trying various ones I compiled my own by mixing and matching. Through experimentation I made tweaks to the recipes so I feel that I can share them with you."

      Some say that mine are exactly like Heart and Home but that is not my primary source. I see very similar recipes from several sites and from my own cookbooks. I did mix and match and change things to make them my own.

      If you own one of these sites and feel that I have infringed, please identify yourself and lets look at it together.

      I am always MORE than happy to give credit where credit is due as you will see in several posts throughout my blog.

      Thank you!

      Melissa

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  68. I cant print the labels is there a secert to printing them off?

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    1. Sorry it is not working for you. If you want to send me an email via my contact button, I can send you the file and see if that works better for you. :0)

      Melissa

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  69. I have a question about the tortilla mix. How do you incorporate the shortening? Do you crumble it into the dry mix and store it that way? Will it go bad like that? Thank you.

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    1. Also how long can these mixes be stored for?

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    2. Hi Tuesday! The shortening is just mixed into the dry mixture. The shelf life is the same as each of the ingredients would be individually. If you use butter for the shortening than it would need to be stored in the fridge.

      Trust this helps. :0)

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  70. I posted a comment here but it never showed up....hmmm. Well here goes again. I just got around to making the brownie mix and your directions say to "pour" the batter into the pan. Mine was more like a blob with just the melted butter and eggs so I was wondering if you actually were supposed to add some water to it. Also, it didn't say whether to grease the pan or not. I wound up adding a tablespoon of water and did grease the pan. But the texture was a little strange so I am really interested in the water part of the question. Thanks

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    1. Sorry about the lost comment girlsgonescrappin. I hate it when I have to type things over too.
      In reference to the brownie mix, I do not add any water to it. In comparison to other brownie mixes, this one will seem pretty thick. But it will turn out good in the end. :0) Also, I do not grease my pan, but I often don't for brownies. So if you usually do for brownies, I suggest go right ahead and grease it.

      Trust this helps. :0)

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  71. Would it be possible to tell me what the yield is for say the biscuits, muffins and pancake recipes?

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    1. The biscuits make about 12. Muffins 12 also. The pancakes are 8-10. All obviously depends on the size of each. :0)

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    2. Thank you very much!

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  72. Hi! I'm so excited to try some of these mixes! I've got two toddlers at home, so breakfast needs to be quick and simple for us! I had a question about the pancake/waffle mix, though. If I use milk when I prep it, do I need to use the powdered milk in the mix? Thanks for your help!

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    1. No, you don't need to use the powdered milk in the mix if you are using milk in the prep time. However, if you would rather have the option of either, you can add the powdered milk, and when you want use milk/or water in the prep as it wouldn't hurt to have both milks.

      Trust this helps :0)

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  73. These are fantastic, your brownies are so YUM!!! and have just taken a batch of muffin out of the oven, i added some choc chips as i am a bit of a chocolate freak!!!!!. Great job and thanks again

    Tania

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  74. I LOVE this! This is just what I need to get my mess of a pantry into shape!! Have you ever though of offering a "fill-in-the-blank" version? I love everything matchy-matchy and would like to have this on my sugar... flour... salt... etc... etc... Ohhhhh YEAH!

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  75. I was wondering if you could substitute an all purpose gluten free flour in your mixes. Any experience with this by you or your followers?

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    1. RBS, I'm sorry I have had no experience with the gluten free flour. I just re-read through the comments and it doesn't look like anyone has mentioned that yet either. Sorry!

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  76. I didn't realize it but somehow I grabbed Dark Cocoa powder last night so I just made my brownie mix with that. I do love dark chocolate normally but have never used it in powder for. I'm hoping they will still be yummy! Thank you for all the great mix recipes!

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    1. Those would probably end up being very good. You may need to add additional sugar if they turn out too bitter. You'll have to let me know how they turn out! :0)

      Melissa

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  77. Thank you for the great tutorial! I love making things from scratch! I've included this in my weekly roundup of useful blogs at www.doomestic.com Thanks again!!

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  78. Love this idea! How do I get a template for the labels?

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    1. Hi Anonymous. The labels that I show you in the post are available for download immediately under the third picture. If you are wanting a blank template to create your own, then you may email me via my contact button at the top of my blog. :0)

      Thanks,
      Melissa

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  79. This is a great idea, I will definitly try this out and pin it! Although, I am wondering if could could tell me what the shelf life might be on the mixes?

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  80. I have no idea on the shelf life, I made the quick mix before Thanksgiving and it's gone! It worked just as well the first time as the last time. I attempted a different recipe for "bisquick" before, this one is far superior. I couldn't find the mix recipe today, so I had to search on pinterest until I found the right one again! It's a keeper, even for my Bisquick-hating hubby!!

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    1. I'm so glad you are enjoying it Jennifer! That's one of things on my list for tomorrow....make more quick mix. We ran out again! It sure is handy to have. So glad you were able to find the mix again . :0). Have a great weekend !

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  81. The brownie mix is fantastic. I usually made store bought because it was one of the things that I thought box mix tasted better, not any more. Made a double batch for future use. Now I just wish I could find a chocolate chip cookie recipe that I love as much.

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  82. I wanted to see if you were working on a chocolate chip cookie mix. also i tried to use the label link and it would not work

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    1. Hi Jenna,

      I haven't come up with a chocolate chip cookie mix yet. As far as the label link, I double checked and it was working for me. Hummmm. Is there a large green box coming up that says download? The link will take you to a mediafire page and there should be a green box that says download. Just click on that box and it should download for you. Sorry about that. Let me know if you are still having trouble.

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  83. On the All Purpose Quick Mix you list 5 cups of vegetable shortening, I would think this makes a clumpy mixture as opposed to a dry mix. Do you store it in a jar until needed and if so how long does it store for?

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    1. Yes, that is a lot of shortening. But it actually blends in quite well, and ends up as a dry mixture. Basically the same consistency as Bisquick. It can store for quite a while. Basically as long as each of the ingredients can be stored on their own. Ours never goes more than a couple of months because we use it up. My container only holds about half of the mix, so the rest I put in a tupperware and put it in the freezer. Then I just refill my container when it gets empty.

      Hope this helps. :0)

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  84. Thanks Melissa for replying, we have gallon jars we get free from the local grocery and I thought your mixes would be great to store in them. Going to have a busy weekend!

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  85. Hi! My question may have already been answered, but do you have to keep these in the fridge or just in your pantry and how long do they keep for?

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    1. Hi Hannah,

      You only have to store it in the fridge if you are using butter or margarine as shortening in the mixes. Other than that the shelf life would be the same as the individual ingredients in the mixes, 4-6 months at least. Ours never makes it quite that long. :0)

      Trust this helps.

      Melissa

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  86. I am not finding a print out for just the basic mixes like the quick mix, tortilla mix, brownie mix, etc. I don't know about you but I like everything to look the same so a printable just like the rest would be awesome. Am I missing it someplace?

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    1. Lee and Starr, I don't have a print out for the ingredients for the mixes. I just have a print out for the recipes you can make with the mixes, and the labels to put on the mix jars. If it would help, I can send you the blank template for the brown labels. Just send me a message via my email under the contact button, and I can get that sent to you. :)

      Melissa

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  87. I read through all the comments, but did not see my question. If I wanted to use vegetable oil instead of the shortening....would the measurement be the same? And the texture of the mix? Have you ever used oil? All the recipes I've found so far use shortening...but some mention using oil but don't elaborate on it....thanks for the recipes. I have a muffin mix that I have made for years that is so good...but it does use butter flavored shortening. Maybe I'll make it with butter and store it in the fridge. It just doesn't seem like it would keep as long with real butter even in the fridge???

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    1. Sorry, sew quick, somehow I missed your comment. :(. This may be way too late in responding to you, but I figured I might as well anyways. I would say that the mix made with real butter and storing it in the fridge up to 6 weeks, the same amount of time butter normally would last in the fridge.

      As far as substituting oil for the shortening the muffins will have a slightly different taste, and they will end up being a little heavier. The shortening helps give it the lighter feel.

      Once again sorry it took me so long to respond. But hope this helps!

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  88. I made up the quick mix and made biscuits. They were great! I tried it again today and it failed twice. They were flat and didn't rise at all. Not the light and fluffy ones the first time. Any suggestions?

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    1. the3srts, I'm so sorry you had trouble with your biscuits! There's nothing more frustrating than anticipating something good and ending up with a flop. :(

      The only thing I can think of is that maybe the baking powder didn't get mixed up into the mix very well. That could lead to some turning out and others not. Other than that, I really don't know. It is very odd. Sorry! Hopefully the rest of the batch will be ok. I would be tempted, however, to just add a tsp of Baking Powder to each batch if they don't turn out again.

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    2. I just made some biscuits for the first time and they didn't rise at all but r still good other than seeming "wet" on the inside but after they set for a few minutes they don't seem wet anymore. I didn't mix the dry ingredients though before I added the shortening. Hopefully I didn't screw the whole batch up

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    3. I'm sorry Heather. I'm really not sure, except that your dry ingredients must have not gotten mixed up well. In order for the whole batch to not be ruined, I would probably just add a tsp to the batch when you are making them.

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    4. A tsp of baking powder that is. :)

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  89. This is one of the most useful and wonderful things I have found through Pinterest! Thank you for doing the hard work! I love this idea! This would be wonderful for gifts!

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    1. You're very welcome. So glad I could be of help! :)

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  90. I was wondering if you could add say to the Brownie mix powdered eggs and powdered butter and adjust the amount of water. These mixes are a great way of saving time and money. Do you have any idea what the shelf life would be if they were sealed in jars or seal a meal pouches. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. I don't see why not Debbie. As far as the shelf life the mixes are as good as the individual ingredients. Crisscross, flour, sugar etc.... Have a very long shelf life. I'm not sure what the shelf life would be if you did use the powdered egg substitute.

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    2. not "Crisscross" , Crisco- gotta love auto correct spelling. :)

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  91. Hello,

    How could I make cupcakes from the brownie mix? I'm thinking of making these mixes as gifts to my nieces and I would love to provide them with more ideas using this mixes :)

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    1. Kim, since these brownies are a little more cake-like than store bought brownies, I would just make the recipe as usual and simply pour them into the cupcake tins. Add your favorite frosting and they should be great!

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  92. I've been trying for almost an hour to print the labels and I'm sooooo frustrated! I've downloaded this, and downloaded that, doing who knows what kind of damage (or uploaded what kind of junk) to my computer and still no labels!!! What am I doing wrong?? I'm almost in tears!!

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    1. I'm soo sorry it has been so frustrating for you Missy!!! If you send me a quick mail via my contact button I can send you the labels to print out from there.

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  93. Oh, thank you so much! Who knows WHAT crap I downloaded...!!

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  94. I just wanted you to know I've been using these mixes for over a year now, with superb results! Love, love, love them! I use the same containers you have used, but made my own labels...and it inspired me to redo all of my kitchen cabinets with inexpensive containers from the Dollar Tree! Thank you, not only for the recipes, but also for the inspiration to organize my kitchen!

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    1. Thank you SandiB for letting me know! I'm always thrilled to hear that others are enjoying my creations as much as I do. :)

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  95. I use Ball jars in my cupboard and make single serving mixes for corn bread, scones, beer bread, applesauce bread, and more. I also do a bag for my oatmeal chocolate chip cookies because it takes up more room then the regular wide mouth jar allows. I keep a bigger container for pancake mix and baking mix. I use my favorite recipes and just mix the dry ingredients so that I can dump them in and save time. I love having them around and it saves lots of time and money. I had thought of putting them in big batches because the easy part is dumping the whole container just like I would be box mix. I will have to look into it and see :)

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    1. That's a great idea Alison! I'm sure your pantry looks very pretty with all those ball jars lined up too. Thank you for sharing.

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  96. I saw a question about substituting gluten free flours, has anyone tried it? I would love to do this for my busy family life. But we do need gluten free. It looks so nice in the pantry! And I love the idea of having the recipe right there. I have made "sand art" mixes in mason jars. But this seems much more practical for the family.

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