Using Restaurant Size Dry Mixes In Smaller Batches

Hello Everyone,

I have tried several of the recipes that are in the recipe newsletter. My question is the following, a family member had a small restaurant for a few years and due to a family illness she had to close her restaurant. There were several large packages of mixes that she used, for example: pancake mixes, biscuits, etc. These are restaurant size bags. How can I cut them down to use for a family of four?

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I don't want to throw them away because it is really a waste and due to my budget it would help to feed our family. Is there a way to divide the packages into family size servings? These bags are 5lb to 10lb each and they are only the dry ingredients. Is there a certain book on how to do this? Your help would really be great for me.

Thank you,
Norma from San Antonio, Texas

March 15, 20060 found this helpful

Does it tell you directions on making the product on the package? If it does and if it has the serving info on it you can break it down by serving size...if not...next time you go to the store, look on the packages there...try to find a similar brand, then mix it up according to that...or call the distributer, find out what company she ordered from and call them...they are very helpful.

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Does it tell you directions on making the product on the package? If it does and if it has the serving info on it you can break it down by serving size...if not...next time you go to the store, look on the packages there...try to find a similar brand, then mix it up according to that...or call the distributer, find out what company she ordered from and call them...they are very helpful.

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I would just look at the recipe and do the math...see what the total makes and decide how much you want to make at once....like if you can do 1/4 or 1/5 at a time then multiply each ingredient by that to get the smaller recipe. (sometimes you might look at ingredients that are harder to divide like eggs, that can help decide how many parts to divide it into, but also with the mixes, it shouldn't cause too much problem if each smaller part has a touch more egg than called for) For the mix, I would put in a large mixing bowl or something and stir it up with a whisk to make sure it is well mixed and then measure it out in the same way....(1/4 or 1/5 or whatever.) You could measure by Cups of by weight if you have a kitchen or postal scale around. Then package in appropriately sized zip locks or somethgin like that, It might be timely, but like you said, better to use and make the budget go farther. If I wasn't clear, you are welcome to eamil me with questions or whatever at trishaking @ yahoo.com (remove spaces).

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I have used the items that your talking about and I just divied the package....by the serving sizes...it should be easy if not..try going to Google and asking that question....they can usually help me what about anything...good luck...

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March 15, 20060 found this helpful

I'd look for similar mixes at the grocery store and see how much is used for normal family sized portions, for example, Bisquick and some pancake mix recipe. If you can also copy down the ingredients of the mix, you can compare them to the kinds at the grocery store. Then copy down how much of each is needed and the ingredients you need to add. With a biscuit mix usually only milk is added but with a pancake mix it could already have eggs and milk or it may be a kind that needs those added.

Susan from ThriftyFun

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March 16, 20060 found this helpful

You are so lucky. I purposely buy these large packages at clearance/outlet stores to save time and money. Take the original recipe and divide it in half, then in half again, and so on till you have the amount you need for the serving size you want.

I make large batches of biscuits, waffles, etc, and freeze them. On harried mornings, we simply take them out of the freezer and warm--kind of like homemade eggo waffles. Biscuits freeze wonderfully--you can even make sandwiches with eggs, Canadian bacon, cheese, etc, and wrap and freeze separately. Great for breakfasts/snacks on the go.

I even buy taco sauce mixes and dry salad dressing mixes in these large sizes. I put them into a big jar dry, tape the directions--broken down into regular sizes--on the jar, and use as needed. I often add these dry mixed seasonings to meatloafs, hamburger patties, etc to change the taste.

You've got yourself a goldmine--experiment and have fun saving all that time and money.

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here's some conversion calculators - i don't know what help they might be - but...

http://homecooking.about.com/od/measures1/

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Go to your local library and get the book...."make a mix" that not only gives you a lot of recipes but it also has the quanities I think your looking for, If they don't have I'm sure they could order it for you.

Make a mix By Karine Eliason, Nevada Harward & Madeline Westover

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