C’mon! Do we really have to buy pancake mix in one of those unsustainable plastic bottles. Have we really gone down the hill that far, that we are not even able anymore to make a humble pancake!?
When I go shopping it astounds me how many different types of pancake mixes are available these days, not to mentions how many weird ingredients are in there. Here is one ingredient list of a shake and pour pre-fabricated pancake batter:
Ingredients: Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Sugar, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and/or Cottonseed Oil, Baking Soda, Defatted Soy Flour, Salt, Dried Egg Whites, Dextrose, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, Buttermilk, Tricalcium Phosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate Monohydrate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Soy Lecithin, Aluminum Sulfate.
Looking at this list of ingredients, I certainly have a few questions.
- Why is there sugar added to the mix?
- What’s wrong with butter? Why use partially hydrogenated oil? This is trans fat and kills you, just like cigarettes are KNOWN to give you cancer, trans fats are KNOWN to raise your bad cholesterol (1) High cholesterol causes heart disease. Certainly not something I would like to have as a side to my pancakes! http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/trans-fat/CL00032
- Dried egg whites? What is wrong with using the whole egg? In fact it is the yolk that has the most nutrition and vitamins such as, vitamin D as well as all the other fat soluble vitamins A, E & K and also essential fatty acids. Nutritional bomb, my friend!
- Sodium aluminium phosphate (SALP) is a chemical used in food processing. It is synthetically produced from aluminium, phosphoric acid and sodium hydroxide. As a food additive it has the number 541.( ref wikipedia) Doesn’t sound very appetizing to me….
- Tricalcium phosphate is a calcium salt of phosphoric acid with the chemical formula Ca3(PO4)2. It is also known as tribasic calcium phosphate and bone phosphate of lime, BPL. Calcium phosphate is one of the main combustion products of bone, see bone ash. In general cases, calcium phosphate is also commonly derived from inorganic sources such as mineral rock. (Ref. wikipedia)
And then there are the other laboratory made chemicals at the end of the list, that in my opinion have no place in the human body. Did it grow on a tree, bush or plant? Maybe originally, before it was altered and processed……?
Well, my pancake mix takes less time to make than the ‘shake and pour’ version of the supermarket. My pancake mix doesn’t come with heart disease, diabetes or obesity, I hope you don’t mind ;-).
- 200 grams flour
- 500 ml milk
- 4 eggs
- pinch of salt
Mix all ingredients together and bake in your frying pan.
These pancakes are crepe like, if you prefer them thicker add less milk as well as a teaspoon of bicarb of soda.
If you are very time poor , I would like to suggest you mix together the dry elements of this mix and store them in plastic containers, ready for use. The only thing to add are the eggs and milk when you are ready to bake!