$0.15 per cup 64% savings save $8.46 yearly
For those of you who were scratching your heads last week due to the lack of a new post, I come bearing excuses:
I was ill.
It was Easter.
The home we are renting went up for sale... hence, extra cleaning for showings.
... Did I mention I was ill?
Anyway, I'm back on the bandwagon again, and I'm SO excited about today's recipe!
Several weeks ago, I was contacted by the lovely Lydia Belier (aka "The Thrifty Frugal Mom") from Parents.com.
I'm not gonna lie... Parents.com? I was super flattered.
Lydia asked that I try out a certain recipe from her blog on the the Parents.com site, and share it on here if I liked it. "Obviously, no pressure," she said.
The recipe was for homemade bisquick.
Hmmm... this could be problematic seeing as how I've never used bisquick in my life, and would never be comfortable posting about something that wasn't really, really, good.
Oh well, I thought. I know bisquick is a staple in many homes, and I have a general idea of what people use it for, so I'll give it a go.
This stuff is awesome!
A fantastic versatile mix that bakes up beautifully light, fluffy, and utterly delicious.
It took all of 3 minutes for the mix to come together, and then I started experimenting:
I came up with a recipe for cinnamon sugar muffins (not a great one to be honest, but it baked up so pretty despite my poor attempt). Breakfast turned into a special treat with the help of some berries and homemade syrup (by the way that strawberry is NOT moldy... it has blueberry juice on it... we do plenty of weird stuff in this home, but eating black mold is NOT one of those things).
Then, instead of making my regular chicken pot pie (with a crust) for dinner, I decided to use the bisquick mix as a topping... I'd seen a few chicken pot pie recipes that did it this way, but had never tried it myself. Success!!! Big time approval from the hubby, especially. Plus... much less time-consuming than making pie crust. This pot pie took 30 minutes start to finish. Awesome.
Give it a try! You'll love Lydia's recipe!
Homemade Bisquick Mix - (from Lydia Beiler @ Parents.com)
*Makes about 6 1/2 cups
5 cups flour
1/4 cup baking powder
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 cup vegetable shortening
Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Cut in the shortening with a fork or pastry cutter until the mixture becomes crumbly. Use as you would use regular Bisquick.
Store in an airtight container.
~ Savings ~
25 lb all-purpose flour - $7.20 = 94.5 C = $0.077/C = $0.349
25 lb sugar - $13.94 = 945 T = $0.015/T = $0.030
26 oz. salt - $0.44 = 48 T = $0.004/T = $0.001
48 oz. vegetable shortening - $4.28 = 227 T = $0.019/T = $0.304
12 oz. baking powder - $1.69 = 70.875 tsp. = $0.024/tsp = $0.288
Total Recipe Cost - $1.01
Cost per Cup = $0.15
Bisquick (40 oz. - 9.3 cups) = $3.88
Cost per Cup = $0.42
"Over a year" scenario:
Make Homemade Bisquick Mix 5 times = $5.05
Use equivalent Bisquick (40 oz.) = $13.51
*Money Saved = $8.46