Homemade Bisquick

If there's one food item in particular that I'm known for, it's my pancakes. People love them, and I'm pretty sure my husband proposed to me based solely on my pancake preparation skills. ;) I'm always complimented on how thick, fluffy and perfectly round they are. I beam with pride. But I have a secret....there isn't one. I use Bisquick. So what makes my Bisquick pancakes any different than everyone else's? Well, if I told you it wouldn't make mine so special would it? BUT, what I do have for you, my lovely readers, is exactly what you asked for: more frugal living tips. So here ya go: a recipe for Homemade Bisquick! The best part? It measures cup for cup to boxed Bisquick, and since most people don't have a box of Bisquick just sittin' around, I'm going to provide you with the measurements to go along with it. I hope you enjoy!

What you'll need:
10 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups shortening
1/3 cups baking powder
1/4 cups sugar
4 tsp. salt

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except shortening. With a pastry blender, cut in shortening until mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Makes 12 1/2 cups. 

Store-bought Bisquick: $6.38
Homemade Bisquick: $2.80
Total Savings: $3.58 or 44%!

Homemade Bisquick Measurements 

Pancakes                                                             Waffles 
2 cups homemade mix                                           2 cups homemade mix
1 cup milk                                                             1 1/3 cups milk
2 eggs                                                                   1 egg
Yield: about 14 pancakes                                      2 tbsp. vegetable oil
                                                                             Yield: About 12 (4-inch) waffles

2 cups homemade mix
1/2 cup milk 
Yield: 10

 Recipe adapted from cooks.com. Measurement info adapted from bisquick.com