One of the ways I save money on food for our family of 6 is by making breakfast foods from scratch. Pancakes are a perennial favorite at my home, and can be served at all meals or as a snack. At $.06 per pancake, they are a cheap yet nutritious food.
My calculations below are based on making a double batch of pancake batter. I used the recipe as it stood rather than including my changes, like soy flour and water for some of the eggs. I highly recommend reviewing recent grocery store receipts. I had noticed that the cost of milk was down a bit, but I hadn’t realized that the cost of the rolls my husband uses for his lunch were up almost a dollar! I’m going to try to do my basic bread recipe by the end of the week, but I may not have the information for the cost of the yeast.
For those wishing to do their own calculations, the Joy of Cooking
has a great section on measurements. I discovered that there are more cups in a pound of flour than a pound of sugar. I’m going to look online and see if there’s a more extensive listing of weights and measurements. My Joy listed baking powder, but not baking soda.
4 cups flour (2 white/2 whole wheat) .44
4 T. white sugar .04
4 tsp. baking powder .04
1 tsp. baking soda .004
4 eggs, extra large .53
4 cups milk, dry nonfat .55
8 T. oil 1.37
Total cost for 50 pancakes: $2.97
I forgot the oil the last time I made the pancakes, but did include mashed banana. It made no difference in the taste or texture, but the mashed bananas would greatly reduce the cost of the pancakes since the oil is the most expensive ingredient.
It’s also possible to find the flour cheaper than I have listed above. My flour was .37/lb. for white and .49/lb. for whole wheat. I have seen white flour for as low as .20/lb.
Another place where I saved money was in the use of nonfat dry milk. At current prices, dry milk runs about $2.20/gallon whereas regular skim milk is $3.18/gallon.
Typically I use 2 eggs, 2 Tablespoons of soy flour, and 2 Tablespoons of water for the eggs, but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to do the calculations for the soy flour. I don’t have the cost per pound in my price book and I don’t have information on how many tablespoons are in a pound of soy flour.
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