March 28, 2016

Make-Your-Own Baking Mix

At certain times of the year, for a couple of weeks in the spring and the fall, I need to be in two places at one time. I need to be feeding the animals because it is nearly sunset, and I need to be making dinner so my husband will have a hot meal when he gets home from work.

How to make your own baking mix.

I've developed a few strategies to deal with this time of year. One is to use my crockpot, and another is to make meals that I can prepare earlier in the day and pop in the oven when I go outside to feed, letting them cook while I'm working outside. Lasagna and macaroni-and-cheese would fall into this category, as well as oven-baked chicken.

Oven-baked chicken is one of our favorite and easy chicken dishes. I use the recipe on the side of the yellow box of baking mix from the grocery store, even though I make my own baking mix now. Keep reading to learn how you can make it too.

First, here's the chicken recipe. I boil the potatoes earlier in the day and make mashed potatoes when I come back in the house. Served with a green veggie, it's a delicious, easy meal that allows me time to do evening chores while it cooks.


1 tablespoon butter or margarine
2/3 cup Original Bisquick® mix
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cut-up whole chicken (3 to 3 1/2 pounds)

1. Heat oven to 425°F. Melt butter in rectangular baking dish, 13x9x2 inches, in oven.
2. Stir together Bisquick®, paprika, salt and pepper; coat chicken. Place skin sides down in dish (dish and butter should be hot).
3. Bake 35 minutes; turn chicken. Bake about 15 minutes longer or until juice is no longer pink when centers of thickest pieces are cut.

Making your own baking mix is quick and easy too. There are many recipes online; some include powdered milk, cream of tartar and other items. This one is basic and is the one that I use. By making it yourself you save money and skip all those additives that keep the brand name product shelf-stable.


8 c. flour
1/2 c. baking powder
3 tsp. salt
8 tsp. sugar (optional)
1 cup shortening

Combine the first four ingredients well in a large bowl. Using a pastry blender, cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Store in well-sealed container in pantry or refrigerator. Your baking mix will last longer if you store it in the refrigerator.

I am fortunate to own one of the first-printing copies of Make-A-Mix Cookery: How to Make Your Own Mixes by Karine Eliason, Nevada Harward and Madeline Westover. This book contains recipes for basic mixes to make ahead, as well as recipes to make using the mixes. There are some real gems in this book, and it's one of the well-used books on my cookbook shelf. If you come across this one at a book sale, it is well worth buying - or check out your library shelves for a copy. Used copies are also available at Amazon (affiliate link) and on Etsy. There are a few newer and revised editions of this book, but I've only read the original.

You'll find more of my recipes in my Convenience Foods series. Do you make your own pantry mixes? Please leave a comment and let us know.

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  1. I love making homemade baking mixes. Saves time and money :)

    1. They sure do, Sandra, plus you know what's in them.

  2. Our family is allergic to onions so I make quite a few mixes. Not only are they cheaper to make but the quality is so much better. It is great to know that having them on your pantry shelf is a relief when unexpected things come up.

    1. Most of the work was done on a day that we had time, so that we can save that time later when our lives are more rushed. Mixes are a blessing, aren't they, Nana?

  3. My mom use to make up mixes from a book similar to that one. I copied the recipe thanks for sharing.

    1. You're welcome, Dicky Bird. My book used to be my mother's. :-)

  4. Thanks for sharing. I'm going to write this one down.

    1. You're welcome, I'm glad it is helpful.

  5. Anonymous5:56 PM

    That brings back memories! I have both Make a Mix Cookery and More Make a Mix!!!( it has more specialized mixes) I haven’t used them in awhile, but really need to get them out and start making master mixes!

    1. How neat that you have both books! I know the first one is full of "gold" and I'm sure the other is too.

  6. I love homemade baking mixes a lot, thanks for sharing with hearth and soul blog hop. pinning and tweeting.

  7. Hey, I just wanted to drop a note and say that I LOVE your site! Also, I wanted to invite you to come join us at Sunday's Simple Homemaker Link-Up. Would love to have you link-up!!

    1. Thank you, I'll come check it out.

  8. Did you know there is a second volume of the Make A Mix series? I think it is called More Make A Mix. You might find a copy of each of them on Amazon.

  9. Anonymous8:05 AM

    Is this used in a recipe the same as a store bought baking mix?

    1. It isn't the exact same recipe as the big name brand, but I use it in the same recipes and the same amounts and can't tell the difference in the finished products.


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