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January 8th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

Making your own way might mean making your own master mix, too!

We have had a request from one of our faithful contributing members, Carol, for a mix recipe.  She wants a TNT version. This would be it.  There is one of these waiting in Mother Connie’s fridge in the Clubhouse at this moment!

Maybe you do not hold an EBT card for SNAP or WIC.  Maybe you do not avail yourself of food commodities or you don’t use a food pantry or Angel Food.   No matter how your food budget is funded, this home made master mix is a wonderful way to stretch food dollars and create home made goodness!


8 cups unsifted enriched flour

1/4 cup baking powder

3 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon iodized salt

1 1/3 cups nonfat dry milk powder

3/4 to 1 cup vegetable oil

!. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and dry milk powder.

2.  Drizzle oil over dry mixture; cut in with pastry blender, fork or fingers.

3. Store in covered container in fridge.

This yields about 10 cups and keeps for about 3 months.

NOTE:  When measuring for mix, stir lightly, pile into cup-no shaking-and level off.

This is a wonderful product to have on hand because it’s inexpensive, easy to work with and quite versatile.  In the days to come, there will be some more ideas along these lines.

Thanks to Carol for opening up this line of discussion!

*Why not cruise over there NOW and thank her yourself?

Connie Baum

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  1. Carol M says:

    Thanks for sharing your TNT recipe. While I have almost always kept Bisquick on hand in the pantry, I view it as more of a convenience item. I know that I can mix some biscuits up on the spot in just a few minutes. I have just a bit of the Bisquick Heart Smart left, and will then give your recipe a try. A quick google search yields many versions, I just prefer a TNT version.

  2. Maxine says:

    OK, I’ll bite. What does TNT mean?

  3. Webmaster says:

    Oh, Maxine. I love you so. I know how it feels to be in the dark…I didn’t know that BTDT was Been There; Done That and you educated me! Thanks.

    TNT is shorthand for “Dyn-O-MITE”, I believe. Remember JJ Walker from the 1970s? Of course you don’t. I am at least 100 years older than you! hahaha

    If Carol has a different take on TNT, I hope she’ll keep us in the loop.

    Great Big Hugs,
    Mother Connie

  4. Webmaster says:

    You are most welcome, dear heart.

    Bisquick is ok but I am always concerned about what’s REALLY in those processed mixes. With this mix there is no question that it is good for us to eat!

    Hope you find it to be the bomb! grin

    Mother Connie

  5. Carol M says:

    TNT= Tried and True : )

  6. Webmaster says:

    WELL! So THAT’S what TNT means: Tried and True!

    Carol, Maxine, if I could figure out how to get my avatar posted, you’d see how red my face is! You’d also see I am laughing til there are tears running down my face. Good thing I don’t wear mascara!

    What a HOOT! Thanks for the heads up, Carol. And here I thought that mix would be THE BOMB.

  7. Two weeks ago I was looking for this recipe online. I could not find it so I bought Bisquick. Now that I have found this one I can stretch my budget even farther which will create more savings.
    Thank you very much

  8. Webmaster says:

    Hey, Rick! Glad we can be of help. That’s what we are all about. We hope our visitors pop over to YOUR PLACE, too! We are all in the same boat, regardless of how we fund our grocery budget!

    Mother Connie

  9. Carol M says:

    Missed your posts of late, you must be busy. Hope that all is well. I just wanted to let you know that I used up the bulk of my Bisquick and although there is some residual mix in my bin, I am going to mix up a batch of your Master Mix, to try it out. Thanks again for posting your recipe.

  10. Webmaster says:

    Thanks, Carol! It’s nice to be missed. There is a small matter of a torn rotator cuff. argh I hope you like this Master Mix because I’ve been using it for awhile now and prefer it to others I’ve tried. Bisquick is handy but also very spendy.

    I’m curious, and I think others would be curious also-what’s your “go to” meal when it’s snowing and blowing and Old Man Winter is bearing down? We are looking for some fresh snowfall and it would be fun to “share” a meal across the miles! grin

    On a different note, when will you be available to come and help me re-organize the household? I’m only half kidding here…you have GOT to be the best organized person I know!

    Mother Connie

  11. Carol M says:

    Connie-sorry about the injury, take care of yourself. Winter comfort meals, when it’s cold and blustery:
    -soups, a side of homemade bread/rolls/biscuits
    -roast chicken/turkey, mashed potatoes/baked sweet potatoes, a green veggie, homemade gravy, cranberry sauce
    -hot, open faced sandwiches: frozen, planned over roast pork, chicken, turkey smothered in gravy over toasted bread. YUM!
    -any oven meal such as a casserole, baked ham or meatloaf. I find the oven just warms up the house and since it’s an energy hog, I make sure to do at least double duty, baking potatoes alongside a roast, or adding a veggie casserole or fruit crisp to bake off at the same time.

    Please see my blog for step by step instructions, and photos (not a professional photographer by any means) referencing your FSCC Master Mix recipe.

    thanks again.

  12. Webmaster says:

    Oboy! You have listed some of my absolute faves. I am one to use the oven for double duty, too. As for your photos, no apologies needed. You SEEM to be a pro! Thanks for the shout out!

    It’s so much fun to have your input on here, Carol. Thanks so much!


  13. Carol M says:

    Beef stew is in the Crockpot this morning, and we’ll be making a batch of your master Mix biscuits later on today, as a side.

  14. admin says:

    Carol, you are making my mouth water! Isn’t it wonderful to know that when you walk through your door, hungry and tired, that a beautiful, healthy meal is ready and waiting for you all?

    Mother Connie

  15. Carol M says:

    So true, Connie, under normal circumstances. We are home from school (major snow/ice storm) and work (i am recovering from surgery). Still, the house smells great, and it’s one less worry. We continue to eat well, AT HOME, on a budget. See my blog for today’s stew using AF ingredients.

  16. Webmaster says:

    I’m sorry to hear you had surgery…hope it was minor and your recovery will be miraculous and FAST.

    Angel Food Ministries has provided such a tasty bounty for us. We have our special needs sons with us and they have ravenous appetites. Tonight we had “leftover soup” with smidges of other meals, morphed into a wonderful comfort food: Angel Food Soup! grin

    This soup had gravy and mashed taters with zucchini, corn, black beans, onions, green beans, chunks of chicken pieces and a rich broth I made from celery that might have been tossed onto the compost pile! I added enough milk so we each could have a generous bowl full of goodness, paired that with cheese slices and offered Angel Food oranges to polish off the meal.

    What could be better?

    Thanks for coming by Carol, and do mend quickly.

    Mother Connie

  17. Carol M says:

    thrown together soups are the best, and often hard to replicate a second time!
    AF graces our table again tonight w/ pork shops, onion, limas, potatoes, corn.
    DS helped with the biscuits last night. kidlets devoured them so I guess they were alright! : )

  18. Webmaster says:

    Oh, BOY! That will be a wonderful meal,Carol, with no heavy lifting! I’ve been looking at the Angel Food menu, deciding which bundles to choose. They are all such great values.

    It’s fun to SEE your meals, too. You cook, you run the camera and you are THE most well organized mom on the planet! GOOD ON YOU.

    Mother Connie