Make Your Own Series: BISQUICK

I don’t know about you, but I love making my own mixes for products that are conveniently made for us and sold at big box stores. Some reasons I like to make my own are they are generally cheaper, quantities needed can be easily adjusted based on the recipe, it can be made easily by students as part of a lab and then used in future labs and most importantly….I know exactly what is in the product!  No weird, unpronounceable ingredients! So in this Make Your Own Series, I’ll be sharing products that can easily be made from scratch, using common ingredients. Make Your Own Series: Bisquick is the first mix I’ll be sharing.

Homemade Bisquick Mix Recipe

  • This recipe makes 7 cups so depending on your class sizes and number of recipes/labs you will need Bisquick for, you may need to adjust the amount.
  • Ingredients
    • 6 cups of all-purpose flour
    • 3 tablespoons baking powder
    • 1 tablespoon salt
    • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • Directions
    • Sift flour, baking powder and salt three times into a large bowl.
    • Cut in shortening with a pastry blender or two knives until the mixture resembles fine crumbs.
    • Store mixture in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 4 months.
    • Use whenever you have a recipe that calls for “Bisquick”.

Ideas for Use in Class

  • Let your students help you make this as a lab. Depending on the amount you needed and the number of labs you have, decide on the amount each kitchen group will make. If you are having groups make more or less, this is a great opportunity to practice adjusting recipe amounts.
  • Once made, you can have students research and locate ways the mix can be used in a variety of different ways. Categories could be breakfast, appetizers, main dishes for casseroles or specific proteins (chicken, sausage, beef, cheese, etc.) and desserts.
  • You could also have some groups make a dish using the actual Bisquick mix while other groups make the same dish using the homemade version. Students could complete a taste test evaluation form to see what their preferences are regarding taste, appearance, cost, etc.
  • If you didn’t want students to know who made which version to reduce bias towards either mix, you could easily make some up ahead of time such as biscuits and label them Version A and Version B and have them complete the taste test form.
  • If you have any other ideas for ways this can be used in class, please share and I’ll add them to the post!

Recipe Ideas

  • Use in any recipe that calls for BISQUICK such as…
    • Strawberry Shortcakes
    • Pancakes
    • Impossible Pies: Taco, Bacon, Sausage, Cheeseburger, Chicken, Ham
    • Garlic Cheddar Biscuits



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