Let’s say you want to make a recipe. It’s a recipe you would like to make often, but mixing all the ingredients together is a bit of a pain.
It’s not very complicated, but it eats up a lot of time.
That’s when you practice the art of “pre-mixing” your ingredients. This tradition involves taking ingredients for a dish, and mixing them together ahead of time. This mixture is then stored until you actually want to make the dish.
When you make your pre-mix, it can save loads of time. Instead of having to find the flour and the sugar and baking soda, and measuring everything, you just take however much mix you need and add the wet ingredients and cook. In fact, this is exactly what those commercial cake and cookie mixes are.
How to Make a Mix
There are a couple of types of mixes you can make:
- Single recipe mixes (ie. one pan of cornbread)
- Larger batch mixes (ie. pancake batter mix where you scoop out as much as you need)
The key is that any recipe calling for “mixing dry ingredients with wet ingredients” is a perfect candidate for making a mix. Simply take those dry ingredients and measure them out to make the mix.
But, some ingredients cannot be stored with other ingredients. Wet ingredients are often excluded, as they tend to be more volatile when mixed with other ingredients. As a general rule, all dry ingredients can be freely mixed together. Whenever you deal with sugar, though, make sure you properly seal the mixture to avoid moisture affecting the sugar.
I like to store my mixes in the freezer so that they are fresh when I want to use them.
We make mixes out of many everyday recipes:
- Corn Bread
- Spice Blends
Any recipe that has a list of dry ingredients ends up being a mix.
Another tip is to follow the example of those commercial pre-mixes, and write the instructions on the container. No longer do you have to try and remember how much milk you need for your waffle mix, or whether you cook your cookies for 10 or 15 minutes.
I love pre-mixes so much that we have created free “DIY Mix Labels“, with additional tips, so that you can fill them in and attach them to your own mixes.
Do you make pre-made mixes? Let us know in the comments below.