Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Adding Convenience to Homemade: Batter Bags

      There is nothing like the taste of fresh and homemade foods! Homemade also is more cost effective and nutritious than prepackaged products. The turn off for most people against homemade is the time required. When pressed to get a meal prepared, it appears the solution is to reach for that box or bag of prefab food. Ugh. Instead, I began creating what I call "batter bags."
Here's a lovely look into my refrigerator with the batter bag container.
      Batter bags are essentially what you would be buying if you purchased the packaged products from the grocery (minus the packaging, preservatives and all other mystery ingredients). I simply mix all the dry ingredients of a recipe into a plastic baggie and keep it in the refrigerator. (Since it's just dry ingredients, it isn't a strict necessity to refrigerate but doing so can keep it even longer.) I then write on the bags with a permanent marker what it is, the wet ingredients remaining to complete it, and the baking specifications. Most things can be mixed right in the bag, and so there's no need to dirty up mixing bowls and such! Another nice part of this little trick is that they make it easier for others to help out in preparing a meal. For instance, Sunday mornings typically are so rushed in our house and we typically opt for something we can eat in the car, such as muffins. We can easily get these going early and they're ready by the time we leave. If you have older children, I imagine this would provide a good opportunity for them to demonstrate initiative and a servant heart through preparing a quick breakfast meal for everyone on their own, even if it is just muffins.
        When finished, I prefer to simply rinse out the bags if they've only held the dry ingredients. The others I give a more through washing and still reuse. Even with having to rinse or wash the baggies, it is still much simpler than pulling out all ingredients and mixing bowls and utencils in the moment of need.
        I have certainly enjoyed the benefit of less fuss while maintaining providing homemade meals with this little idea. What other ideas have you come up with to add convenience to homemade?

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  1. What an awesome idea. Have you come up with one for the dry onion soup? I'd love to figure that one out.

  2. Great idea! I would love to start doing this.

  3. Wow, this is an absolutely AWESOME idea! I'm trying to organize and simplify my life, as well as become more frugal so this ideas is definitely going to be implemented! Thank you so much for sharing!

  4. Hey I do a similar thing!

  5. Wow this is great!!!! I know what I'll be doing in the next couple weeks! Totally bookmarking this post so I can add it to my "to do" list!! :)

    Thank you!!


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