27 October 2011

Recipe box: Product review & muffins for food storage

This Recipe Box post is as also part product review. We recently tried the new One Step muffin mixes by Krusteaz to see if they has a place in our preparedness planning. There are four flavors — Blueberry, Chocolate Chip, Cinnamon, and Cornbread — and we tried the first two. Here's what we found:

From the start, we were pretty interested in the One Step mix, because you supposedly just add water, shake, then bake your muffins. Well, that's true... to a point. Here are the official steps, with our notes in red:
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line 6 muffin cups with paper liners, or lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Loosen dry mix by shaking container sideways for 15 seconds. (This step can't be ignored! The bottle is translucent, so check the bottom to be sure the mix is not caked in place. Also, be sure the lid is secure before shaking.)
  3. Add 1/2 cup water and replace lid securely. Turn over and shake vigorously for 60 seconds. (At least 60 seconds; you may need to go longer.)
  4. Pour batter into prepared muffin cups, filling 2/3 full.
  5. Bake 14-17 minutes (check the time for each flavor) or until light golden brown. Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes and remove to wire rack. Makes 6 muffins.
So, how were they? Not bad. Certainly not like muffins from scratch, but they taste okay.

Of course, the goal here is really great convenience and storage with good taste. From that standpoint, the One Step mix works okay.

It's hard to beat the convenience of this packaging. It's all-ingredients in one plastic shaker, which makes it pretty lightweight and durable. As such, it would be good for camping, or perhaps even in an emergency kit.

It has a reasonable storage life: the packages we bought had almost a year-long shelf life. That's allows for a reasonable timeframe in rotating it through your food storage.

What's more, the mixes are pretty versatile. Check out these alternate uses from Krusteaz:

  • Mini-Muffins: Prepare batter as directed. Pour into 12 lined or lightly greased mini muffin cups. Bake at 400°F for 13-15 minutes.
  • 8"x8" Snack Cake: Prepare two muffin containers as directed. Combine batter into a lightly greased 8x8x2-inch pan. Bake at 400°F for 24-26 minutes.
  • Pancakes: Prepare batter as directed, increasing water to 2/3 cup. Pour 1/4 cup batter per pancake into well greased and preheated 375°F griddle (medium heat). Cook 1-1/4 minutes per side or until golden brown. Makes 7-8 pancakes.

Of course, nothing here is really that new. Again, the main attraction here is that you can just add water to the container and shake to make the batter. That saves time, both from having the ingredients premixed and from minimal cleanup when you're done.

You pay a little more for that convenience, of course. However, at the time this was written, you can get a coupon for One Step (on the related website), which should at least allow you to try it for under a couple bucks.

All in all, the One Step mixes are a pretty handy thing to have around, so we'll be picking up a couple more to have on the shelf.

What do you think? Have you tried these? Why, or why not?

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