You can make your own mixes. It’s great to have mixes on hand for those busy days when you just don’t have time to cook. And we think there’s something to be said for making your own mixes, a sense of satisfaction and self-reliance.

In this article, we’ll tell you how to make your own bread mixes, cornbread mix, pancake mix, and granola mix.

We think every pantry should have a stock of mixes on hand and if you don’t want to buy them, consider making them. Here are some tips:

• Store mixes in a cool, dry place.

• Mixes do not store well in light plastic bags. For best storage, use rigid plastic containers, glass jars with screw on lids, heavy cellophane bags, or Mylar bags.

• If the mix has added shortening, either use the mix within two or three months or store the mix in the refrigerator. If the mix has butter or margarine, it must be refrigerated.

• If the mix calls for nuts, store them separately and check them for freshness before using.

• For yeasted mixes, store the yeast separately. Individual packets are ideal. If you plan on using bulk yeast, keep it refrigerated after opening for reliable results.

• Consider the expiration date of baking powder and baking soda. Do not store the mixes beyond the indicated expiration dates of the leavenings.

Check out these homemade mixes:

Homemade Bread Mix Recipe
Cornbread Mix Recipe
Pancake Mix Recipe
Granola Mix Recipe

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