This afternoon, I made cornbread for a snack. I used the eFoods Direct Corn Bread Muffin Mix, which I’d been wanting to try for a while.
The mix is very easy to use. It couldn’t be any simpler, which is ideal in an emergency situation. No need to have all the raw ingredients on hand. No need for flour, eggs, salt, etc. Instead, just mix three cups of the eFoods Direct corn bread mix with one cup of water. I used a whisk to mix the ingredients together, and it only took about six or eight stirs. It makes a very thick batter, so don’t worry if it doesn’t seem thin enough.
Once the batter is mixed, the recipe says to “spoon the batter into a greased muffin pan or cupcake liners, filling ¾ full.” Frankly, I didn’t feel like washing muffin pans later, so instead I made them in a square pan the way my mother did. We ate the cornbread in squares instead of individual muffins. I used a 9” x 9” glass pan, sprayed it with spray oil before I put the batter in, and I smoothed it out a bit before I put it in the oven. The muffins bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for “15-20 minutes or until golden brown.” Because I was cooking them in a pan, I thought they might take longer, but 15 minutes was perfect. They were about 1 ½” thick, and ended up being pretty smooth on the top. I let them sit a few seconds but not much longer, because the cornbread smelled delicious and I wanted the hot cornbread to melt the butter.
The eFoods Direct Corn Bread Muffin Mix is made from high quality cornmeal and high grade wheat flour, and filled with good nutrition. For extra goodness, next time I will probably add some canned corn to the batter—like my mother used to do (drain it first, of course). These muffins are quick and easy to make, and I consider them a comfort food–especially with butter and molasses or jam–and comfort foods are important to have in an emergency.
The eFoods Direct online store sells Corn Bread Muffin Mix by the case. There are twelve bags in a case, and each bag is said to make about 30 muffins. (I cooked mine in a square pan, and there is enough left to make another batch the same size.) If you do the math (which I just did), that means each muffin is less than 22 cents. I’m not sure that I agree a serving is only one muffin, because they are yummy, but even if each person ate two or three, the cost is not much. And it is a great addition to any entrée, as well as for a snack.
The case of Corn Bread Muffin Mix is shipped in a sturdy, heavy-duty tote that is very easy to stack for storage. When the tote is empty and I order another one, I will use the tote for other storage. I have one bag of mix in the kitchen now, and I’ll bring a new one in from my storage area when I need one. The Corn Bread Muffin Mix is guaranteed to be fresh for three years. Thirty-six months to use up twelve packages? Sure. I can do that . . . especially with molasses or strawberry jam.