It's late and it has been a long hard day at work or around the house. You and your spouse have worked all day in one capacity or another; chores around the house or at your career(s); both of you are tired and still have to deal with either making or picking-up the evening meal. The kids are creeping up to you and your psychic powers have already clued you in on what you are about to be asked:
Kids: “Mom and Dad will you make us some cookies or maybe a cake for dessert?”
Dad: “Sorry kids, we’ve been working all day and it is difficult enough just to throw some dinner together.”
Kids: “Ah-come-on Mom and Dad; it can’t take up that much time, let us mix it up.”
Mom: “We don’t have the time, and I don’t want the mess you kids will make dragging out the flour, baking powder, and baking soda to create the batter."
Kids: “To bad the mix isn’t already in the refrigerator or shelf like a box-mix.”
Youngest child (internet savvy): “Mom, I read something on InfoBarrel about a Life-Hack for the kitchen that might help us be ready to bake in the future.”
Saving Time in the Kitchen
Sometimes we just don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen mixing up ingredients from scratch. It may not be that we don’t have the time. It’s just that we only want to whip up a little sweet snack and we don’t feel like running out to the store for a snack.
Maybe you are single or retired older adult or even a senior citizen and have a hankering for some cookies, a cake or even a plate of pancakes. There are a few simple things you can do to always be ready to throw a few ingredients together for a tasty homemade snack. For just a few cookies to a couple dozen cookies, a small or average sized single layer cake, or a plate of pancakes. I make this pre-mix up myself all the time; usually once every two weeks does fine.
Container of Dry Pre-Mix Flour
Keep a container of pre-mixed flour in the refrigerator; ready and waiting for those moments when you want to whip something up. In most cases, you will want to make a large batch of this mix and it will keep fresh longer in an air tight container, kept at a cool temperature.
There are common baking ingredients in cookies, cakes and pancakes: flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Yes, I know, some of you are saying that cookies don’t always use baking soda, and different types of cake use different amounts of baking powder. However, basic drop-cookies and cakes do have a similar combination of these ingredients and that is what we are going for in this pre—mix: just a basic all-purpose mix for throwing together a quick batch of something sweet to eat.
Baking Flour Pre-Mix Basic Combination:
- 1 ½ Cup Flour All Purpose Wheat Flour
- 1 Tablespoon Baking Power (low sodium)
- ½ Teaspoon Baking Soda
- ¼ Teaspoon Salt – optional (if you are trying to reduce sodium, skip this ingredient)
Simply blend these ingredients together in a container that can be sealed and stored in the refrigerator. What really helps is to make a large batch of this pre-mix so that it is always available to reach in and grab a half cup or whole cup of mix; just the amount you need to bake with for even the smallest recipe mix.
Big Batch Baking Flour Pre-Mix Basic Combination:
- 6 Cups Flour All Purpose Wheat Flour
- 4 Tablespoon Baking Power (low sodium)
- 2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1 Teaspoon Salt – optional (if you are trying to reduce sodium, skip this ingredient)
Maintaining a big-batch of this dry mix will allow you to scoop out even the smallest amount for the smallest batch of whatever you want to bake.
Every other day, and sometimes everyday, I'm pulling that large container of pre-mix flour out to make a half-dozen or dozen cookies. It's easy and convenient.
Pancakes, did you say?
If the wife wants pancakes for breakfast (yes I'm the family cook and bottle washer), I use that same mix to whip up a batch of pancakes. All you need to add is the eggs, vanilla, oil, sugar (organic of course) and milk (also organic). Of course, I slip in some cinnamon to give them an extra kick. Pour them on a hot skillet until they start to bubble, then flip them for a few seconds. Slide them out of the pan onto the plate. Add butter and syrup and yum.