Making homemade Bisquick is a great alternative when you run out of Bisquick or just because you like having a homemade pantry.
Bisquick is a popular baking mix that has been used as a staple in many households for decades. Many of us grew up with our Moms and even Grandma's using Bisquick in their baking.
I remember my Mom telling me how she was blown away one time at a family picnic on my Dad's side. The women were talking about Bisquick and she couldn't believe how many uses they had for it as well as how they adapted recipes to using Bisquick.
Bisquick is a versatile ingredient that can be used to make a wide range of baked goods such as pancakes, waffles, biscuits, and even casseroles.
However, store-bought Bisquick can be expensive.
Thankfully, making your own homemade Bisquick is a simple and cost-effective solution. You can also change it to be even cheaper by using (filtered) bacon grease or lard.
With just a few ingredients you likely already have in your pantry, you can create your own mix.
This homemade Bisquick makes a great substitution if you are in need of Bisquick and don't have any. It can save you a trip to the store and you'll probably not be able to tell the difference by using this.
This DIY Bisquick recipe can be a great way to make up a batch and save it until you need it.
Here are some more reasons we love this homemade Bisquick substitute.
- We love how easy this homemade Bisquick mix recipe is to make
- You know exactly what ingredients are in our homemade mix
- We can customize it! I love changing things up and this mix is no different. I find it easy to change out the vegetable shortening for bacon grease if we have a bunch that needs to be used up.
What's in Bisquick?
Bisquick is a handy baking mix that can be used in a lot of different recipes. It's made from four simple ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt, and vegetable shortening.
When you combine these ingredients, they make a mix that looks a bit like cornmeal.
Tips for Making
- Make sure to measure carefully to get consistent results
- You can experiment to make this recipe your own by playing around with using a different type of flour or adding in seasonings such as cinnamon.
- Use this in the recipes you would normally use Bisquick in with a 1:1 ratio.
- If you don't have a food processor, you can use a pastry cutter or even your fingers to cut in the shortening.
- Make sure your baking powder is fresh so your baked goods rise as they should.
- Pulse until the mixture resembles cornmeal in texture. If you pulse too much, you'll end up with a dense mix.
Make sure if you are storing this mix for later that you choose an air tight container for storage.
Glass jars with tight-sealing lids, such as mason jars, are a great option. They are sturdy, reusable, and don't let any flavors get into your mix.
Plastic containers with sealable lids can also work well.
Just choose something you have available to you and make sure it's clean and dry before adding your mix into it.
Make sure to store the DIY Bisquick in a cool, dark place, such as a pantry or fridge. The cooler temperature will help to maintain the quality of the shortening or other fat in the mix, helping to prevent it from going rancid.
If all the conditions are right, this mix can last in the fridge up to 3 months, but the actual shelf life may vary.
Always check the mix before using it. If it has an off smell or you see any signs of mold, it's best to discard and make a new batch.
Ingredients for Bisquick Mix Recipe
all-purpose flour: flour is the primary ingredient in Bisquick.
baking powder: this is the leavening agent used that helps baked goods rise.
salt: salt is used to enhance the flavor of the baked goods.
vegetable shortening: we chose to use vegetable shortening as the fat in this recipe, but you can easily swap it out and use lard or butter if you prefer.
How to Make Your Own Bisquick
Mix: Add flour, baking powder and salt to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse the ingredients for about 10 seconds. Add in the cubed vegetable shortening and pulse it together until the mix has a cornmeal type texture.
Store: Place homemade Bisquick mixture into an airtight container. You can store this mix in the fridge for up to 3 months.
What to use Homemade Bisquick in?
After you have your homemade Bisquick there are tons of things you can make with it!
The most common uses for Bisquick are pancakes and biscuits.
You can also use Bisquick for making muffins, dumplings and even some types of cookies and cakes.
It's great when you want to bake something quickly because you've already mixed the dry ingredients together.
- 6 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 Tablespoons baking powder
- 1 Tablespoon salt
- 1 cup vegetable shortening regular or butter, cubed
- Place flour, baking powder and salt to the bowl of a food processor.
- Pulse ingredients for about 10 seconds.
- Add in cubed vegetable shortening (I used butter flavored shortening, regular is fine).
- Pulse until the mix has a cornmeal type texture.
- Place homemade Bisquick in an airtight container.
- Can last in fridge for up to 3 months