Convenience in meal preparation is one of the chief advantages of homemade ready-mixes. Usually there is a saving of total time and labor in measuring and mixing. Some types of mixes save more time than others.
You can make the mixes when you have the time.
You can select a homemade mix that contains the proportion of ingredients that suits your situation. Thus your biscuits or pastry will have the proportion of fat to flour which you prefer.
With imagination, variations can be made in the same manner as regular recipes which gives still wider variety in the use of mixes.
Whether or not there is a significant saving of money in making a mix at home, as compared to commercial mixes, depends on the relative richness of the mixes, the quality of ingredients used, whether home-produced fat is used, and whether there was a saving by buying ingredients on sale or in large quantities. How to compare cost is shown on page 3.
Reprinted October 1964. Facts and recommendations in this publication may no longer be valid. Please look for up-to-date information in the OSU Extension Catalog: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/catalog
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