When the holidays roll around, there might be more time for relaxing, but mostly it just feels like more time to stress. A lot of people travel this time of year, and whether you’re visiting or hosting, there’s usually a lot of food prep involved. If you’re wondering how you’re going to feed a crowd on a tight budget, consider making homemade versions of items you might normally buy. For example,  instead of buying chicken parts, consider purchasing a whole roasting chicken instead. Buying the chicken whole is a huge money-saver, in exchange for just a little bit of your time. You can break down the chicken and freeze the pieces individually, or roast the chicken on a Sunday night and use the leftover meat throughout the week!

Another money (and time saver) is to make a large batch of dough and then use it throughout the week in many different applications! Below is a recipe for a baking mix that can be used in biscuits, pancakes, pizza, and more. A little bit of planning ahead can go a long way during the holiday season, to save you both time, and money!


 

Multi-Purpose Baking Mix

Recipe sourced from USDA’s Mixing Bowl

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups quick rolled oats or whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/3 cups non-fat dry milk
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

 

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, stir all ingredients until well mixed.
  2. Store in a closed, covered can or rigid plastic container, or sealed heavy plastic bag.
  3. Label and date the container. Use within 6 months.
  4. Stir lightly before use in recipes.

 

This baking mix can be used in several USDA recipes!

Drop Biscuits

Pizza

Muffins

Pancakes

Sugar Cookies

For more nutrition information visit the USDA Mixing Bowl.

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