Our family really likes pancakes, but honestly, I haven’t made them too often since we changed our diet. Why? Because I’ve been improperly trained in the past to just grab a box of pancake mix out of the pantry, dump some in a mixing bowl, add in some water until it was the right consistency, then cook. I know, it’s not that hard, it’s just measuring out a couple ingredients and mixing them together, but it’s just not what I’m in the mood for straight out of bed. I’m more active in the kitchen by late morning and into the afternoon. In the morning, it’s much easier to crack open some eggs and toss them in the cast iron skillet with veggies and meat that are precut and ready for me to grab out of the refrigerator.
But my family really wants more pancakes, so I decided that I needed to find a solution that would allow them to enjoy their beloved pancakes while making it easier on me. That’s when I decided I needed to prepackage the ingredients for several batches at one time and store them ready to go in my pantry. Not quite the same as the just add water mix as I would now need to add eggs and milk…but I can handle that. 😉
To do so, I simply measured out all my dry ingredients and put them in mason jars. You can use any of your favorite pancake recipes. From super simple like mine (recipe here), to your more advanced versions.
For my own basic, most often used recipe, I packaged them as follows:
- Pint jars held dry ingredients for a single batch (a good serving size for the kids)
- Quart jars held dry ingredients for a tripled batch (a good serving size for the whole family plus a few extra for leftover snacks)
I then used a dry erase marker to label the jars as pancake mix (this works on the glass or the metal lid).
I also listed the required wet ingredients on the side of the jar.
This writing simply wipes right off when your done.
Now, I simply grab the appropriate jar out of the pantry, dump it in a bowl, add wet ingredients, mix, cook, toss the jar in the dishwasher and that’s it. The family gets their pancakes and I get it done with ease. Win, win.
Just think how great this make ahead version would be for camping, travel, or a weekend at the cabin.