For a couple years now, one of the few things my daughter will eat for breakfast is pancakes. To make mornings easier, we have resorted to serving pre-made frozen pancakes (and she loves them!).
After a while, I wondered how good (or bad) of a deal these were. Obviously, we are being charged for packaging, advertising, etc. Kellogg's would prefer I say we are paying for convenience. I decided to measure these pancakes, and determine how much we received for the money (cubic centimeters per $). Then I can compare to homemade pancakes from a box mix. Finally, I got a recipe online and made some from scratch.
So, first the frozen pancakes. I went to a few stores in the area and got prices for store brand and name brand pancakes. The cheapest ones were at Walmart. Each package contains 12 pancakes for a total cubic centimeters of about 942.
When I first found this recipe, it was also super convenient. We already had all the ingredients in our cabinets or refrigerator. So, I made up a batch of these also.
The pancakes out of this recipe are slightly smaller than those from the mix (about 828 cubic cm). Of course, the ingredients are all even cheaper than the pancake mix. Again, I am sure there is another claim of convenience in there somewhere. The price of the ingredients will also vary by store, and the quantity you purchase of some of the staples. However, I checked four different stores, and the price per batch ranged from $0.49 to $0.54.
Pancakes from scratch Cubed Cm / $1: 1694
Cubed Cm / $1
I already knew I should be just making up my own batches of pancakes and freezing them. However, I did not know the difference would be this great.