Jack & the Beanstalk Complete Pancake Mix
April 1, 2024 4:08 PM   Subscribe

How do I make pancakes out of this?

I'm poor, and the local food pantry is a big help. I have here two one-pound bags of Jack & the Beanstalk Complete Pancake Mix. The cooking instructions on the bag tell you to "combine all ingredients" but no ingredients are specified. Do I just add water (and if so, how much) or maybe milk or egg? A web search just finds other folks who have asked the same question. Any answers, whether "this is the official recipe" or "this is what worked for me" or "I know my way around the kitchen and here's my educated guess" would be very welcome.
posted by in278s to Food & Drink (11 answers total)
if it's like the pearl milling pancake mix (which i suspect it might be), try this and see what happens: Makes 8 Four-Inch Pancakes: 1 cup dry mix, 3/4 cup milk, 1 tbsp oil, 1 egg.
posted by koroshiya at 4:20 PM on April 1

Can you post the list of ingredients that are in the mix? What you want to add will depend on what's already there. It might be as little as water. It might require eggs and water or milk. Sometimes oil.
posted by jacquilynne at 4:21 PM on April 1 [1 favorite]

I scouted the ingredient list from a photo online, and this is an exact match: https://www.webstaurantstore.com/documents/pdf/104pancakwaf_instructions.pdf

So I think this is indeed a "just add water" situation! The instructions above call for 1.5 cups of water to one pound of mix.
posted by redfoxtail at 4:41 PM on April 1 [4 favorites]

These are the ingredients, according to this photo:
Ingredients: Flour (Bleached wheat flour, niacin,
reduced iron, thiamin, folic acid), sugar, dextrose,
Soybean oil, baking powder, (Calcium acid pyrophosphate,
sodium bicarbonate, salt, natural and artificial flavors.

That's very similar to the Pearl Milling Co pancake mix ingredients, so I would follow their instructions as a start:

What You'll Need
1 Cup Mix
3/4 Cup Milk
1 Tablespoon Oil
1 Egg

What You'll Do
Heat skillet over medium-low heat or electric griddle to 375° F.
Combine all ingredients and stir until large lumps disappear (do not beat or over mix). Let stand 3-4 minutes to thicken.
Pour slightly less than 1/4 cup batter for each pancake onto lightly greased skillet.
Turn when pancakes bubble and bottoms are golden brown.
posted by rachaelfaith at 4:42 PM on April 1 [1 favorite]

The Amazon listing product description for Jack And The Beanstalk Pancake Mix 1lb Complete Buttermilk Pancake Mix reads in part, "You simply add water, mix to obtain the desired batter texture, cook the pancakes and enjoy them".
posted by Glinn at 4:43 PM on April 1 [8 favorites]

The description on this Amazon page also says "You simply add water, mix to obtain the desired batter texture, cook the pancakes and enjoy."
posted by redfoxtail at 4:43 PM on April 1 [1 favorite]

Almost all pancake mix will 'work' with water, taste better with an egg added, and taste even better with milk or buttermilk substituted for some or all of the water.
posted by Ausamor at 4:48 PM on April 1 [18 favorites]

I sometimes make a homemade "just add water" pancake mix, for camping. But if I'm at home or a cottage or something, then I will add an egg, or milk (or a combo of milk, yogurt, sour cream, or buttermilk, whatever I have) and a small amount some oil, or melted butter. I usually try to be an accurate baker, but I have found that pancakes are pretty tolerant to many variations. As long as the batter is a reasonable consistency to start, things work out.

I really like pancakes with Greek yogurt, because it adds some protein. There are also internet recipes to use pancake mix to make biscuits or muffins, in case you want to do something different.
posted by ice-cream forever at 6:27 PM on April 1 [1 favorite]

"Complete" pancake mix means it only needs water.
posted by Lyn Never at 7:08 PM on April 1

Response by poster: Y'all are awesome. The Jack ingredients include oil, so I won't add that, but I've got milk and eggs so I'll use them. Thanks!
posted by in278s at 7:11 PM on April 1 [3 favorites]

milk or buttermilk substituted for some or all of the water

Or a bit of yogurt or even the watery whey that yogurt sometimes separates into — bake with the whey and the thick yogurt is nice in itself, like a spread.
posted by clew at 10:29 PM on April 1

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