7 make-ahead mixes to stock in the pantry

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When it comes to convenience, store-bought box mixes get the job done. But cooking from scratch allows you to control the ingredients. So why not combine the ease of mixes, and the comfort of homemade?
Enter homemade dry mixes. These pre-made mixes will save you time and money. Keep a few mason jars full of these mixes in your pantry, then grab a few scoops when you're ready to cook or bake. Read on for some of our favorite mix recipes.
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1. Homemade Pancake Mix
Jamie Cooks It Up created this Homemade Pancake Mix recipe. The mix will make about 5 batches (8 pancakes per batch), and will keep for up to 3 months. All you have to do is add milk, egg and melted butter to the mix and you'll have heavenly pancakes of wonder, in a quick fashion. Get the recipe.
2. Homemade Cornbread Mix
The Real Housemoms blog says, "I always felt a little guilty pouring this prepackaged box into the bowl to make cornbread. I was paying a premium for flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt. So I decided to start making my own little “boxes” of Homemade Cornbread Mix to keep in the pantry and use when the mood struck." Get the recipe.
3. Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix
Gimme Some Oven says there's no need to run to the store for one of those processed packets, or to pick up a jar of your favorite ranch dressing or dip. All of the ingredients are likely sitting right there in your spice cabinet! Three tablespoons of this mix is equal to one packet of the store-bought seasoning mix. Get the recipe.
4. Homemade Brownie Mix
I Am Baker loves homemade brownies, but she also loves "being able to dump stuff in a bowl and make magic." Her homemade brownie mix only uses three wet ingredients when you're ready to bake: butter, eggs, and vanilla. Get the recipe.
5. Homemade Muffin Mix
As a working mom, the blogger behind Little House Living, didn't have a lot of time in the mornings to make breakfast. So she decided to multiply her muffin recipe to make extra homemade mix. That way the homemade muffin mix is ready to go for fast mornings. Get the recipe.
6. Homemade Dry Onion Soup Mix
Dry onion soup is used in an endless amount of recipes, and it's so inconvenient when you realize you don't have any packets stashed in your pantry. Try multiplying this mix from Tone and Tighten, and storing it in a jar. You'll always have dry onion soup mix when you need it. Get the recipe.
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7. Homemade Biscuit Mix
Warm biscuits are the epitome of comfort food, with this homemade mix on hand you can whip up a batch in a hurry. Chocolate Chocolate and More says, "These biscuits may just be the best biscuits I’ve ever had. They doubled in height and were so soft and flaky on the inside. Melt in your mouth good." Get the recipe.
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