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Cooking – part 2: saving time


Time is a valuable commodity. To find enough to make your food from scratch can be a challenge.

I try to cook big and then store or save it for later by making mixes, canning or freezing, etc. By making large batches you can save money on power by using your stove and oven less. Not having to do the dishwashing several times is a big bonus. It sometimes takes only a small amount of extra time to do a larger batch.

One big time saver is Quick Mixes or Master Mixes. I use one of  these that is the basis for 40 different recipes.

I make several times the recipe and put it in a large pail. Because I don’t eat wheat products, like Hubby and most people, I have a pail of mix ready for me – made with rye or other flours.

making-biscuits-from-quick-mix

Sometimes I spread the biscuit dough out quickly and roughly onto the sheet for an ‘authentic’ look. I cut or break it apart after baking. The ‘homemade’ look is ‘in’.

QUICK MIX

8 1/2 cup flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 tablespoon salt

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 cups instant non-fat dry milk

1 1/4 cups butter, lard(use 2 tablespoons less and refrigerate), margarine, shortening (I use butter as much as possible for taste and I’m convinced it’s more natural)

Store in a cool, dry place. Use or rotate every 3 months. Makes about 13 cups of mix. You can use 50% whole wheat flour, but should then add another 1 tablespoon of baking powder.

When I want some biscuits, I take 3 cups of the above mix, add 3/4 cup of water or milk, drop heaping spoon-fulls onto baking sheets and bake at 450F or 230C for 10-12 minutes. Tadda! Yum: hot and easy.

biscuits-with-spices-and-cheese

Here I added some Italian-type spices and cheese on top. It makes the kitchen smell irresitable.

It would be hard to put all the recipes on here that I make with this, but there are some good ideas online for mixes.

SAVE TIME                                             SAVE TIME  

                                         SAVE TIME                                                 SAVE TIME

 

stew-and-biscuits

3 of the Biscuits (top of plate): 5 minutes of mixing time (from a mix)…then cooking time in the oven. The stew took 15 minutes to toss some meat chunks and veggies into a crock-pot earlier in the day. Could you get to the store and back with a ready-made supper in that time?

 

 

Stew and Biscuits

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