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Master Mixes from Sue Spicer

BT Calgary | posted Monday, Feb 29th, 2016


This recipe makes at least 12 cups of mix to which other ingredients are added for fast, nutritious meals. This is a very adaptable recipe, increase or decrease amounts as required by taste and number of servings needed. Divide into 2-3 cup packages to make meals for 4 servings. Freeze for up to 4 months.

  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 4 lbs lean ground beef, poultry or lamb
  • 2 yellow onions, diced
  • 2 Sweet red or green peppers, diced
  • 6 stalks celery, diced
  • 6-8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 large peeled carrots, grated (optional)
  • 1 large zucchini, grated (optional)

Master Mix must be prepared in batches to sear meats and provide added flavour. Otherwise, the released liquid steams the ingredients resulting in tougher texture and less flavour.

  1. On medium high, heat 1Tbsp (15mL) oil in pan a large wok or skillet. Add ½ the ground meat sauté until browned on all sides. Remove, reserve and repeat using all ground meat.
  2. Do not clean skillet, this adds flavour. Add a small amount of oil to pan. Stir in 1/2 vegetables and sauté in 2 batches just until soft. In a large bowl combine meat and vegetables. Cool.
  3. Divide into desired servings. 1 Master Mix for 4 servings is approx. 2 cups, more if you have larger appetites, i.e. teenagers! Pack into freezer storage bags or containers.
  4. Label with name, date and quantity. Freezes up to 3 months.


FAST FOOD FRESH for FOUR! Take 2 cups Master Mix and…

  1. TOSS with pasta and your favourite prepared sauce
  2. STIR into broth with 1 drained can of corn and rice, pasta or lentils for chowders
  3. SEASON with Oriental or Curry sauce, fresh grated carrots, lettuce & sprouts
  4. COMBINE with beans, corn, chilies, tomatoes and Mexican style seasonings
  5. BAKE in a piecrust with 1 pkg. drained frozen spinach, 4 eggs beaten with milk, sprinkle with cheese, for 40 minutes in moderate oven.
  6. STUFF crepes, wraps, cannelloni, lasagna, baguettes, quesedillas, squash, baked potato


Use this versatile mixture in as the dry and fat portion of most cookie, muffin, scone, pancake recipes. Add the liquids and sugar asked for in the recipe with the master mix.

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup baking POWDER
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup shortening
  1. Blend flours, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  2. With your hands work in the shortening until mixture is crumbly.
  3. Store in an airtight container in a cool place for 6 weeks, or freeze up to 3 months.



  • 2 cups Master Baking Mix
  • 1 cup milk or yogurt
  • 1-2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar, or as directed by another recipe


  1. Stir until just combined with any additions such as 1 cup berries, banana pieces, choc chips. Bake in muffin cups for 20 miinutes until a knife inserted into the muffin comes out clean.
  2. Makes 12 small muffins.
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