So I'm REALLY excited to start a new ongoing series here on Mostly Homemade Mom - Housewife Hacks! How fun is that? I know we're all fully addicted to Pinterest and there are SO MANY great do it yourself ideas that I would love to try and share with you!
This first one comes on the heels of this disturbing article from 100 Days of Real Food. I know we're all well aware of how we really need to be going back to basics and cutting out processed foods as much as possible. But did you know several ingredients found in most processed foods (cake mixes, taco seasonings, crackers, cereal, etc.) are actually BANNED in other countries? What's even more appalling is these same companies offer the same products on store shelves in other countries, without the banned ingredients!
So, I'm starting. Slowly but surely, I will be replacing most if not all of my favorite store-bought shortcuts with homemade ones. Will you join me?
Today's first Housewife Hack is one I've been meaning to try for ages: DIY Bisquick. This recipe makes a TON and I really like that it uses real butter instead of shortening.
Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a large food processor*. Pulse until fully incorporated. Add in chopped cold butter and process until texture is like coarse crumbs.
Place baking mix in a sealed container and keep in refrigerator. I would try to use it within 6 months, but in my house it would never last that long! You could try to cut the butter in the old fashioned way with a pastry cutter, but I HIGHLY recommend using a food processor it makes it SO much easier. Also, find a good quality sealed plastic container or jar to store, I use one of my larger Lock & Lock containers. Here's links to those products if you want more information:
You can use this DIY Bisquick in place of any recipe that calls for the kind in the yellow box. If you're just looking to make regular biscuits, here's the basic recipe:
1 cup baking mix
1/3 cup milk
Place baking mix in medium bowl being sure to break up any large clumps that may have settled. Stir in milk until just moist. Drop on greased cookie sheet and bake at 450 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
Here is an ongoing list of Mostly Homemade Mom recipes that use DIY Bisquick: