Previously I priced making pancakes from scratch. I have several boxes of Bisquick mix on hand thanks to a triple coupon week at Pathmark in January. I made pancakes using the mix for lunch this week with a few changes to the recipe on the box; my version doubles the recipe.
4 cups of mix – $.80
1 cup of milk (used nonfat dry milk with juice from canned apricots) – $.13
2 eggs – $.26
2 tablespoons of soy flour and 2 tablespoons of water – $.48
2 tablespoons of bran flakes – $.40
2 tablespoons of sugar – $.02
Total Cost: $2.09 for approximately 28 pancakes. That’s $.04/pancake, cheaper than the homemade version at $.06/pancake.
If you don’t include the bran flakes and sugar, which most people wouldn’t, the cost is $1.67, making the cost per pancake $.03.
I wasn’t expecting the boxed mix to be cheaper than the homemade, and I don’t think that normally it would be. In this case, I was able to purchase Bisquick for a really cheap price. A better comparison would be between the store brand, usually the cheapest, and homemade.
Nutritionally, I think the homemade pancakes are better. I like to make mine with whole wheat flour. I also don’t include salt which seems to flavor the Bisquick ones a bit in my opinion. Homemade pancakes don’t have any of the chemicals used in Bisquick to give it a long shelf life.