Pancakes and Waffles are breakfast items that are prepared in homes around the world every day. They are easily made from scratch but a lot of households prefer to buy pancake and waffle premix for convenience and consistency. Not everyone has the time to measure out different powders and ingredients accurately for consistent breakfast food. Premixes takes away all of the guesswork by making it simple for households to create great pancakes and waffles with just one or two easy steps.
Pancake & Waffle Premix Trivia
- Waffles have been around since the 14th
- The first Nike sneaker sole was made with waffle irons.
- The world’s biggest waffle was 8 feet long and weighed 110 pounds.
- The first pancake that can be compared to what we have today was called Alita Dolcia and was made by the Romans in the 1st century CE.
- Vogue magazine told readers in 1935 that pancakes are difficult and not worth eating at all, they probably didn’t have pancake and waffle premix back then.
Pancake & Waffle Premix Buying Guide
If you pass by the baking section in any grocery, you’ll be overwhelmed by the choices when you pass the pancake and waffle premix section. There will be hundreds of varieties there by different companies all vying for your attention.
You could go for your favorite brand and just leave everything else behind, or you can take a quick look at the product labels and see if there are any additives and preservatives.
Mass-produced pancake and waffle premixes will have that “artificial” taste due to the preservatives, or this taste is masked by “natural” and artificial flavorings. If you want to ensure that you’re not consuming preservatives and artificial flavorings, you can grab some locally made pancake and waffle premixes from your local artisans.
Pancake & Waffle Premix Production & Farming in Texas
Texas is home to a number of local mills and gristmills that process their own flours and starches from locally grown organic grains. These businesses will often have baking premixes for sale, especially pancake and waffle premixes since this is the most popular mix out there. Local artisan waffle producers who sell their products in farmers’ markets will sometimes sell premixes to tide customers over during the winter months or for those who can’t travel across the state for their favorite pancakes and waffles.
Whatever the case may be, these artisan pancake and waffle premixes are ten times better than their commercial counterparts because they don’t use any sort of preservative. On top of that, these local artisan makers use locally milled flour which is sourced from organic grains and are much healthier than mass-produced bleached flour.
Preservatives, Chemicals, and Additives:
Just to illustrate what meant by commercial pancake and waffle premix having loads of additives, we got a package of one of the leading premixes out there and gathered all of the additives that really shouldn’t be in our food.
- Enriched Bleached Flour – This is flour that has been bleached to give it that white color, stripping all of the nutrients away from you. Nutrients have been added to replace what was stripped away, but this is no longer natural.
- Monocalcium Phosphate and Sodium aluminum phosphate – These are preservatives added to maintain freshness to extend the shelf life of the product.
- Dextrose – This is basically sugar
- Artificial flavors and milk derivatives – This gives commercial pancake and waffle premixes that creamy texture and taste even if no milk is used in the preparation.
- Yellow 5, Yellow 5 lake, yellow 6 and other numbered colorings – These are added to give it a more appealing color.
Pancake and Waffle premix come in three types of packaging. They can come in resealable pouches, single-use plastic bags, or resealable cans.
Enjoying Pancake & Waffle Premixes
Just prepare according to the instructions and you’re good to go!
Store the premix according to the manufacturer’s specification and in a cool, dark place and it should last until the best before or expiry date.
Make Your Own Pancake and Waffle Premix:
Making your own premix is easy if you have the ingredients handy and if you don’t have access to any local artisan premix sellers.
Confectioner’s sugar, 100g
Baking Powder, 75g
Fine salt, 2tsp
That’s it! Mix thoroughly in a food processor or blender and you’ll have a nice big batch of premix. Store in an airtight container.
To use the premix:
Egg, 2 pieces
Buttermilk, 1 ½ cups
Melted butter, ¼ cup
Vanilla extract, ½ tsp
Place the mix in bowl and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix until you get a smooth and thick batter, make sure not to overmix to prevent the pancake from becoming tough.
Heat griddle or non-stick pan over medium heat. Add a bit of oil and place ¼ cup of batter. Once the edges are crispy and you can see bubbles popping on the surface, flip the pancake and continue to cook for a minute or two.
Garnish with your favorite topping and serve immediately.