Since I am a pretty picky person, in some respects, I decided to make up my own mixes, tailored to our family's taste. I thought I would go through the steps that I take to make my own, using my favorite waffle mix.
The original recipe:
OH! BOY WAFFLES
- 2 1/4 c. flour
- 4 t. baking powder
- 3/4 t. salt
- 2 T. sugar
- 2 beaten eggs
- 2 1/4 c. milk
- 1/2 c. oil
I add 1 t. cinnamon and up the sugar to 1/4 c. My son-in-law adds a teaspoon of vanilla.
OH BOY WAFFLES . . . using all pantry items
- 2 1/4 c. flour ( I use half white flour and half whole wheat or cornmeal) (9 c. )
- 4 t. baking powder (1/4 c.)
- 3/4 t. salt (1 T.)
- 1/4 c. sugar (1 c.)
- 2 T. powdered egg whites (1/2 c.)
- 1/2 c. non-instant milk powder (2 c.)
- 1 t. cinnamon (4 t.)
- 2 1/2 c. water (if the batter seems a little thick, add more water 2 T. at a time til you have the consistency your want)
- 1/2 c. oil
- 1 t. vanilla (optional for extra yummy ones!)
- If you have no powdered egg whites, use two fresh eggs with the rest of the liquids and decrease the water to 2 1/4 c.
** For "treat waffles" you can add raisins, craisins, blueberries, chocolate chips, chopped nuts, other finely chopped dried fruits, bacon bits (my personal favorite) just before you are finished mixing the batter.
Making Your Mix
The blue numbers in the parenthesis in my pantry item version, is how much to make up 4 times the amount. I just multiply out each amount by 4. If it is something that you will used a lot, go ahead and make it bigger. I have done as much as ten times, when I was raising my family. I make up a single recipe and measure the dry ingredients for the most accurate measurement for later. Then I would make up the bulk, store in an air tight container. Place a label on the outside with the recipe for using it.
If there are variations that I like to use with a mix, I add a second label with information for any adjustments needed. For example: I like to use buttermilk with this some times. I usually need to use a little more of the thicker buttermilk, than if just using water, so I would use 1/4 c. more. It would also need 1/4 t. soda.
Egg whites are available over the internet. I have found them at Honeyville Grains and at Walton Feed. They will seem expensive, but 2.25 lbs. will equal 255 large eggs. So if you are interested, check them out! Ask around, it is usually fairly easy to find someone else who is interested in splitting foods like this, that really helped me add to my long term food storage for years. In fact, I would have had little without doing the splits! I will check around the grocery chains next week and see if any of them carry either powdered eggs or powdered egg whites.