This week I am working on getting my pantry re-stocked with simple DIY Homemade Dry Mixes. We’ve all purchased the tiny packets of ‘taco seasoning’ or a box of dry biscuit mix or some sort of ‘mix’ at some point. Let’s face it, they’re EASY. However, they are also full of junk, preservatives and seriously overpriced. It is SO simple to make our own!
I love to have my pantry shelves lined with my own homemade ‘convenience’ foods! So a few times a year, I’ll mix up a few dozen jars of each. I get out all my ingredients and get an assembly line going across my kitchen counter. It’s very easy, and very quick to do! An added bonus? Anyone can go into the pantry—grab a jar and have homemade corn muffins or biscuits on the table in no time and with little to no mess!
Gather up your supplies: Canning jars are my preferred storage container, also grab your lids and rings (if you prefer something else, gather up your favorite containers). Sometimes I just write the ‘wet’ ingredients list & baking instructions on my jar lids, however I recently made up labels for my Corn Muffin Mix, that fit perfect on canning jar lids and are a nice time saver— 😉 Download yours here. Get out all the ingredients for the recipes you’re going to make up and let’s get our pantry stocked up with some wonderful dry mixes!
Here are a couple that I use all the time:
Corn Muffin Mix
We love cornbread and corn muffins with our stews and chili, here is a fantastic mix you can easily prepare—add in a couple of quarts of home canned chili and you’ve got a wonderful winter meal!
2/3 C. Flour (I love Wheat Montana Flours!)
½ C. Cornmeal
3 ½ TB. Sugar
1 TB. Baking Powder
¼ t. Sea Salt
Whisk the ingredients together in a bowl. Place a funnel in your Mason jar (pints work perfect for this recipe) pour your dry mix in.
Add to dry mix:
2 TB. Olive Oil (or your oil of choice)
1/3 C. Buttermilk (milk, cream or even water will work here too)
Mix together. Get oven going at 400 degrees. Line or grease muffin tin, fill ½ to ¾ full. Bake 15-20 minutes. (15 minutes for a hot wood cookstove) Done when a toothpick comes out clean from the center of a muffin.
Homemade Biscuit Mix
This is really nice to have on hand, makes it super easy to make up a batch of biscuits in minutes—so easy, my youngest can make this one up! Line up Quart Canning Jars, have your funnel handy and your ingredients—get your own little assembly line going J
In each jar you’ll put in:
3 Cups of Flour (I love Wheat Montana Flours!)
1 teaspoon of Sea Salt
1 HEAPING teaspoon of Baking Powder
That’s it! Assemble your lids/rings, vacuum seal at this point if you want to go that route. Each jar = one batch of biscuits, and you’ll want to write on the lid with a Sharpie or a label or even a gift tag (these would pair perfectly with a jar of home canned jam for a nice gift, or when blessing someone with a meal, etc!) that states to add in 1 stick of Butter and 1 cup of Buttermilk (or goat milk, cow’s milk, half n half or even cream!), cut the butter in (will be a bit lumpy looking) then the liquid (still looking lumpy, but better) and roll out and cut with a biscuit cutter, wide mouth Mason jar or even tear off pieces of dough and make by hand. Bake at 400 degrees for 5- 10 minutes (oven depending) and ENJOY!!
I love having my pantry organized and stocked with good things for my family, especially when it makes my life easier, too!