Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Basic Biscuits

You'll notice in following recipes I will be addressing the cost to make each recipe. Since I started cooking from scratch there has been a significant drop in our grocery bill each week. I used to believe the misconception that it was cheaper to buy prepared food. Now I am witness to the opposite. It is much more inexpensive and healthier to cook from scratch. This basic biscuit recipe is simple and inexpensive.

The breakdown of the cost will follow the recipe. Note: Prices may vary by store and location. The prices provided are from my local grocery store, directly from my receipt.

Basic Biscuit Recipe

What you need:

2 cups self-rising flour
1/2 cup no-trans-fat tub butter or margarine
3/4 cup (almond) milk

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place flour into large mixing bowl and cut in butter until crumbly. Gradually add in milk and stir until the dough comes off the side of the bowl. Lightly flour a flat surface, pat and fold dough until it is no longer sticky. Use a biscuit cutter or roll into balls. Bake 10-12 minutes.

The Cost

Self-Rising Flour - A $2.99 package of flour has approximately 19 cups of flour in it. This totals $0.16/cup ($0.32 for this recipe).

Margarine - A small tub of no-trans-fat margarine is $2.49, which makes the cost $0.41/half cup.

Almond Milk - A $2.99 half gallon of almond milk contains 8 servings (1 cup is a serving) making each serving $0.37.

One batch of 10 biscuits will cost $1.10. You could make about 6 batches of biscuits and still have left over milk and flour to use in other recipes.

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