Homemade pancakes are often tastier and less expensive than pancakes made from mixes that are purchased in the store. They can be healthier as well.

But mixing up pancakes from scratch each time can be time-consuming. The convenience of having a mix to work from can’t be beat. You don’t have to choose, however, between convenience and taste or health. Here are some simple steps to creating your own pancake mix from scratch.

Combine the following dry ingredients in a plastic container or gallon-sized bag and shake to mix well:

12 c. flour
4 c. dry instant powdered milk
3/4 c. baking powder
3/4 c. sugar
2 tablespoons salt

When you’re ready to make the pancakes, use the following recipe:

1 1/2 c. of the dry mix
1 cup water
1 egg
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

Cook the pancakes in a skillet or on a griddle. They are ready to flip when the top starts to bubble.

Write the recipe on the outside of the storage container for easy reference the next time you prepare pancakes.

Store the dry mixture in a pantry or refrigerator until ready for use.