This tutorial explains how I take my favorite bread recipes and turn them into pre-bagged bread mixes or bulk packaged blends I can scoop and bake.
(recipes used in this tutorial are found in my Breads eCookbook here)
I love having quick and easy baking options in my pantry for dinner breads or warm breakfast treats. It's even better when those options are 'homemade' vs. store bought.
- Homemade means it's a recipe I know my family likes
- Homemade means I have had full control of the ingredients that went into the blends / bags
- Homemade means I can legitimately say 'why yes...I made those from scratch'!
Of course, the last point is why I like to pre-blend the most! If I want to make a homemade bread or muffins at the end of a long day or in the middle of a busy day, the idea of pulling out all of the flour, sugar, spices, powders, etc... to get something into the oven will usually overwhelm me and give me reason to say 'never mind'.
On the other hand....
If I set aside less than an hour one day in the month to stock my pantry with my favorite blends, then 'homemade' baked goods is as easy as grabbing a mix and opening the fridge for milk, eggs and/or butter. In 10 minutes I can have a 'homemade' bread in the oven ready for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
And a bonus benefit of having pre-bagged, homemade blends on the shelf...
- I just grab a bagged mix or 2 (breads and soups are really well received)
- Print or hand write a recipe card (hand written is a nice touch)
- Tie the top of the bag with a nice bow, attaching the recipe card as well
- Put it in a basket or nice gift bag and....
Deliver a Homemade Gift of Goodness from my home to theirs!
- Birthdays (neighbors, co-workers, teachers)
- Get Well
- New Baby meal...something fast and easy Dad can make!
- and so on...
If you've purchased my Breads eCookbook , this pictorial shows you how I filled my pantry using the bread blends featured in the book. This process can be duplicated with any of your favorite baking recipes, just by bagging or bulk blending the dry ingredients listed in the recipe.
To make the process easy and stress free,
there are a few 'must do' steps I strongly recommend:
- A few days before you schedule your blending day, pull the recipes you want to stock up on and make a list of all that you will need. Don't forget to list any bags if you are making individual mixes and not filling a bulk container.
- After making the list, shop your pantry first to see what you already have and mark the items off that you won't need to spend money on.
- Shop on a day other than your blending day if possible. It's just less stressful that way!
- FREE DOWNLOAD: The Breads eCookbook features a form that makes building your list fast and easy. Click here for a copy free copy of it.
- A place to put all of the ingredients you will need for all of the blending. Don't set yourself up for exhaustion or frustration by running to the pantry for the ingredients, one recipe at a time. Review all of the recipes and pull all of the ingredients onto one counter space.
- A cleared space for the actual blending. This is where you will bring the required ingredients for one recipe at a time, set them out and then measure as directed.
- A cleared space to put the finished products. It's easier on you and more time efficient if you wait until all blends are completed to stock the pantry. As bags or bulk containers are filled, set them in the prescribed location and enjoy the feeling of 'success' as you watch the stockpile grow! When finished with the last recipe, carry your stash to it's rightful place in the pantry.
|These 4 'staples' are stored in my pantry for|
easy access. The 'see through' plastic gives me
a good visual check of what I have on hand
so I'm not caught by surprise when I really need it!
|A full set of measuring cups in each container|
means I always have what I need and I
don't need to wash them after every use!
Now we are ready to blend, bag and bulk up!
First on the list,
|With my bags labeled and lined up, I work left to right and fill my designated number of bags. |
Yes...I am messy. But the end result is worth it!
|When I finish bagging, I have a basket pulled from the pantry|
waiting at station #3...the place all finished goods go to wait!
|STORAGE OPTION: |
I have also been known to keep bagged mixes sorted on my shelves with a pot lid holder.
It's perfectly sized and keeps them nice and neat!
I like to make bulk versions of blends as well as pre-bagged, single use versions.
The bulk is usually the product I grab when time to bake,
but the bagged versions are great when I want to tell a family member
to grab a bag and make the bread.
I keep the recipes in the basket with the bagged items.
|The bulk recipes in my Breads eCookbook fill a gallon sized container. |
If you are using other recipes, experiment a little to see what size container
is best for the bulk version you have chosen.
|I like to tie a ribbon around the bulk container and|
slip printed recipes that use the blend onto the ends of the ribbon
This gives me fast options at my finger tips and allows me
to add recipes as I find new ways to use the blend.
This is my family's favorite cornbread blend.
|ingredients out and ready for blending|
|Single use bags make it easy to grab and bake.|
|Whisking up a bulk blend...quick and easy!|
|Homemade Cornbread Blend...fast, efficient, affordable and a family fave!|
This particular bulk blend is primarily used to make cornbread,
so I print out the directions with my label maker and stick them on top of the lid.
Aaaahhhh.... now to a big time family favorite ~
|ingredients out (looks like I cleaned up a little between this and the last blend!)|
|Ingredients in a bowl (note: a very big bowl is very very handy!)|
|Whisk to blend...and then whisk some more!|
|Ready for the pantry.|
|Single use versions bagged and tagged too!|
|Into the basket and ready for the pantry.|
NOW FOR SOME SWEET BREADS....
Strawberry Bread is a family favorite.
|bulk blend whisked....|
|container filled /|
recipes printed and ready.
Yes...it really does go this fast when you have it all set up
with stations designated and ingredients ready!
Time for the Basic Sweet Bread
(makes pumpkin bread, banana bread, apple bread....)
(this one calls for a special blend of spices...see canning jar in front of salt)
|Bulk blend ready to whisk...|
|Gallon jar filled and recipes attached!|
OK...here is one I don't bulk blend.
It works best when individually bagged, but I keep a lot of bags on the shelf!
|bags lined up and filled....|
|pantry basket filled with finished goods!|
REMEMBER HOW I MENTIONED UP TOP THAT
BAGGED MIXES MAKE IT FUN TO
GIFT SHOP FROM YOUR PANTRY?
Well this particular blend is GREAT as a jarred gift.
It fits perfectly in a pint sized canning jar.
|Start with the brown sugar and press it down real good...|
|add the layer of flour...|
|top with pecans....|
|seal the jar and add recipe with a cute little bow!|
Homemade Easy Options...
Using tried and true recipes from my
|bulk in back...bagged in front|
I'm ready for whatever they want for
breakfast, lunch or dinner!
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