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Saving Money with Rabbit Creek Dry Mixes?

Is the Use of Dry Mixes Actually a Money Saver?

Yes it is, and no it is not!Pre-Prepared Food Mixes or Dry Mixes can be a time-saving, wholesome, and delicious alternative to doing-it-yourself, but are they a money saving alternative as well? The answer to that quetions can be both "Yes" and "No". It all depends upon what criteria you are using to determine overall costs. Are you considering only the out of pocket expenses to obtain the needed ingredients? They say, however, that "time is money." How much money might you save by saving on time? Is the convenience of using a quick to prepare, easy-to-store mix something that you might want to consider?

Let's do a bit of a comparison. Take Parmesan Bacon Beer Bread. This is one of the delicious mixes from Rabbit Creek as sold at Storeitfoods.com. Considered a gourmet bread, it is still something that could certainly be prepared at home from scratch. As the bread bakes, both methods will fill your kitchen with the tantalizing aroma of freshly baked bread. With both methods you will end up with a freshly cooked loaf of bread that would be perfect for dipping into stews and chili, or simply using it on its own. Both methods will allow you to produce a bread that is wholesome, delicious and that your family and friends will likely love to sample.
The Comparison
The Product The Product
Crispy Parmesan and Bacon Beer Bread Mix from Rabbit Creek A Parmesan and Bacon Beer Bread recipe from The Cookie Writer
Crispy Parmesan and Bacon Ber Bread from Rabbit Creek Homemade beer bread
Ingredients Ingredients
  • 1 pkg. Rabbit Creek Beer Bread Mix
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 12 oz. beer or other carbonated drink (at room temperature)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/4 cups beer of your choosing (at room temperature.)
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated 1/2 cup fresh dill, chopped finely
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3-4 slices of bacon, cut small
  • 1/2 tsp. red chili flakes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
Directions Directions
  1. Preheat over to 350 dgrees.
  2. Combine all packages (except cheese) in a mixing bowl. Pour in one 12 oz. can beer  (room temperature). Stir until blended (approximatley 3 minutes). Pour into a well-greaed bread pan. Melt 2 tablespoons butter and spread over bread batter. Sprinkly cheese packet over the top.
  3. Place in oven and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the bread starts to pull awy from the sides of the sides of the pan.
  1. In a frying pan over medium heat, add the bacon, and onion and cook until slightly golden, about 7-10 minutes. Add garlic in the last minute or two. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Grease a loaf pan with butter (9x5x3 preferred, but I used a small dish with no problems.)
  3. Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Pour in the beer, cheese, red chili flakes, onion mixture, and dill. Mix until combined, all the while trying not to over-mix. Pour into greased pan and allow to sit for 30 minutes in a warm location (I intentionally turned my oven on to a low temperature and then turned the oven off completely before placing the dough inside to rise.)
  4. Preheat oven to 375F (making sure to remove the dough from the oven first if that is where you placed it to rise!) When the dough has risen, place into oven and bake for 35-40 minutes. Allow to cool before slicing (I could not wait, but the bread will hold together better if you resist temptation!)
Preparation Time Preparation Time
5 minutes 25 minutes
Cooking Time Cooking Time
55 Minutes 40 minutes
1 Hour 1 Hour 5 minutes
Shelf Life: One Year Shelf Life: Once mixed should be used immediately
The Conclusion

The Conclusion

There are certainly advantages to both methods of baking bread (or, of course, for using other mixes). Produced from scratch the home chef has total control over the ingredients used. Not so for one usinga mix. A mix, however, is still a wholesome choice with no need to gather together extra infredients, and with preparation times being reduced considerably. It certainly makes it much easier to have freshly baked bread on a daily basis. If the convenience factor is important to you, then the dry mix may, indeed, be a cost saving choice. You, however, must be the judge of that.
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