Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Making Our Own Convenience Foods

One thing I try to steer clear of in the grocery is convenience foods. I know they are loaded with preservatives and artificial garbage. Honestly though, sometimes I wouldn't mind their 'convenience'.  Life at times can be hectic and there are days that I don't have an hour for dough to rise or I get busy and it's already time to be making supper plans...

It is important to me to make sure I give my family the best I can, so when I do *ahem* slip :) I have a back-up plan.
When I have my own 'convenience foods' in my freezer, they are a great go-to meal without sacrificing money or peace-of-mind when I take the 'fast food' road. ugh...

Frozen pre-made (by me) lasagnas, casseroles and such are wonderful to have in the freezer.
Today though, we are talking about biscuits.
Everyone loves a good ole homemade biscuit.
Perfect for breakfast with jam, with a cuppa soup for lunch or have one with some pot roast for supper. Mmmm...

To make things easier for efficient, I laid out all my ingredients in bulk.
Then we made up batch after batch and placed the NON-COOKED biscuits on a pan lined with freezer paper and popped them in the freezer for a half hour or so, until frozen.
Afterwards, all we had to do was grab some freezer bags and fill.

 I love it that I can get our 20 if we are having some friends over for a meal, or I can grab out 2 to fix for Honey's breakfast before he goes in to work.
So wonderful.

Here's the recipe:

Buttermilk Biscuits

2 cups flour (I used half white and half wheat)
3 t. baking powder
2 t. sugar
1/2 t. cream  of tartar
1/4 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
1/2 c. butter, in pieces
3/4 c. buttermilk

Put dry ingredients in food processor.  Add butter and pulse til mixture forms coarse crumbs.  Add milk and pulse until dough just comes together--do not over process.  Pat dough out on floured surface {I like to use my pastry cloth} and cut out biscuits.  Bake 500 degrees F for 10 - 12 minutes.
Enjoy!



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3 comments :

  1. I so agree with you on this post! I take a day a month and make pancakes, waffles, English muffins--any and all breakfast products I think we'll need. It makes our early wake up time so much easier!

    When we get our chickens from the farm, I'll spend the day cutting them up, maybe grinding some meat and packaging it all out so I have easier options there as well.

    I take it as a personal challenge to go to the grocery store and buy as little factory food as possible! It makes for a little more planning and work, but it is so worth in my opinion.

    Hope your time with hand, foot and mouth is over. We had our own run with that years ago, what a miserable child that made for!

    God Bless You Today!

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  2. Good morning Chas you are so right with the food we buy and all the growth homomones in things.. When you do freezer meals like lasagnas, do you find they dry out??? if not how do you prevent it?? thanks... Have a great day.. Be Blessed

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  3. Dearest Chas, What a fabulous idea. I make bisquits but never thought about freezing them. I will try this. Thanks also for sharing your recipe. I have tried many of them and have enjoyed them all. Our all time favorite is your chocolate syrup and crockpot applesauce recipes. There are many more but those are the two that have become a staple at my house. Ditto on the preservatives. Scary what the food and drug people will approve to go into our food. Have a wonderful evening. The Lord be with you and yours dearest Lady.
    By His Grace, Cynthia

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