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How to Make and Store Your Own Baking Pre-Mix

Jana is a baking enthusiast. She loves sharing tips and recipes with fellow flour-sprinkled souls.

Pre-mixed ingredients make for hassle-free baking.

Pre-mixed ingredients make for hassle-free baking.

Store-Bought vs. Homemade Pre-Mixes

Let’s be honest—I know it might seem a bit weird. After all, if you want a box of pre-mix, all you have to do is to pop into your nearest store. These delightful boxes are in nearly every baking aisle, no matter if it’s a supermarket or your local corner shop. They make baking a joy, even for bakers with two left hands! There’s no need to measure out the ingredients, the baking process is quicker and the results are delicious.

However, there’s one problem. The range offered by pre-mix companies is limited. Even though they do offer a good variety, chances are that your favorite treat is not among the boxes. Perhaps it’s rarely available or nobody manufactures a pre-mix of that cake you love. Thankfully, there’s a simple way to make and store your own batches.

A Home Baking Business Opportunity

If you’re into designing your own recipes and everybody goes ga-ga over your baking, then this one’s for you. These days, people are actually supporting homemade bakers more than a few years ago. But if you have a specialty or signature cake that’s too expensive (when baked and decorated), then few customers might open their purse. However, plenty would buy your pre-mix to make your signature items themselves at a reduced price. It’s a great way to expand your business and best of all, the shelf life of this product is long. You needn’t fear that it will go bad if you cannot sell it immediately.

Step 1: Pick Your Recipe

The most successful pre-mix recipes are the ones that work best with this type of method. You can always experiment with complicated items but to start with, choose something like small cakes, cookies, and muffins. Pancakes can also be stored in this manner.

A pre-mix is perfect for a quick, hot breakfast.

A pre-mix is perfect for a quick, hot breakfast.

Step 2: Gather the Dry Stuff

After you’ve chosen your recipe, take note of all the dry ingredients you’ll need. Once you have that list, gather them and something to measure them with. Follow the directions carefully and scoop out the correct amount for each and keep them ready. Choose a clean container to store your mix in. If you’re going to sell these, then you can even pick out an attractive bottle and decorate it with twine and a card stating the instructions.

Step 3: Create Your Mix

There are two ways to do this. Luckily, both are very easy! It’s basically just adding one after the other. But here’s the difference. If the pre-mix is purely for your own use, there’s no need to get all fancy. Just mix the dry ingredients together and put them in the container. Once again, here’s a great tip for the home entrepreneur. The way a product looks is a big selling point. You can add your dry ingredients in layers inside the bottle to create a fascinating appearance.

Step 4: Add a Few Notes

Having a jar bursting with a tasty pre-mix is wonderful. But not knowing how to take the next step is a bummer. We’re all busy and tend to forget small details. Do yourself a favor—especially when you make a lot of pre-mixes—and add a label or a loosely attached note.

Write down the name of the recipe, the wet ingredients that must be added and any other details you think are necessary. For a customer, this is both helpful and a professional touch that reflects well on you.

Cookies are hugely successful in the pre-mix industry.

Cookies are hugely successful in the pre-mix industry.

How to Store Baking Pre-Mixes

The easiness continues. You don’t need a diploma in storage to keep your pre-mixes functional and yummy. First, seal the containers well. This will prevent any moisture from reaching the contents and also stop ants and roaches from trying their luck. They’re not paying customers so they cannot have any.

After the container is properly sealed, pick a spot that is dry, cool and dark. A corner in the pantry is the perfect spot. Don’t forget to add the storage suggestions to the label when selling your pre-mix.

Useful and Cost-Effective

There you have it. A pre-mix bought from the store might be quicker, but it’s also a lot more expensive and comes with limited options. Making it yourself is cheaper. Once you’ve tried a few recipes and become more adept at making your own homemade batches, there will always be a ready supply to grab when you have unexpected visitors—or you just feel like spoiling yourself with the best muffins ever.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Jana Louise Smit


Jana Louise Smit (author) from South Africa on December 17, 2019:

Hi Liza. I always love hearing about passions turning into home businesses. It can be very overwhelming. I should know since I have one too! I wish you all the best with yours :)

Liza from USA on December 17, 2019:

Hi Jana, I recently just started selling baked goods from home. I was lucky to have people noticing my love for baking. It was overwhelming with the preparation, and all you wanted is your customers to love your final products. Thank you for sharing this excellent idea.

Jana Louise Smit (author) from South Africa on December 12, 2019:

You're so right, Linda. This is an excellent gift idea. Thanks for adding that thought. :)

Linda Chechar from Arizona on December 12, 2019:

That's a great idea! It is less expensive and fun to put the ingredients together. A few years ago I did dry cookie mixes and recipe cards for the holidays and placed them in gift baskets for my friends.