Originally created during the 1930’s as a way of saving time for busy home cooks, General Mills (under the label Betty Crocker) created a shortcut for making biscuits by combining many of the ingredients needed into one simple mix… they called this quick biscuit mix Bisquick.
The ingredients are: Enriched flour, partially hydrated soybean and/or cottonseed oil, leavening, dextrose and salt.
Bisquick Health Dangers
The horrifying ingredient is second one on the list, Partially Hydrated Soybean and/or Cottonseed oil. Doesn’t General Mills know that the recommended consumption of trans-fat per day is zero? There really is no reason to either sell or buy a product with trans-fat in the modern age.
In this case, General Mills is using trans fat filled oil’s as a shortening. Traditionally, this meant lard. Of course that is lard prior to hydrogenation. However, as hydrogenation was developed and it was discovered that you could hydrogenate what was thought to be a waste product (cottonseed oil) to create a room temperature, relatively stable (does not go rancid) lard like substance (what you now know as Crisco) it became very cheap and popular. Of course, we know now that this invention created trans fat, which kills by elevating LDL cholesterol levels and promotes obesity, especially in children. Hydrogenated oil can cause cancer, obesity, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, decreased immune system, increased bad cholesterol and reproductive problems.
True lard, made from pig fat (and lots of it) is hard to find now days.
Most farmers no longer raise pigs on natural feed, thus, they do not develop the thick 1 inch plus layer of fat on their backs as they naturally should. Also, natural lard is not shelf stable. You can render you own from back fat purchased directly from a butcher or natural farmer. If you do this you can use the lard as shortening in the following Bisquick substitute recipe.
MAKE YOUR OWN BISQUICK: (time 1 min)
- Combine: 1 cup organic flour, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt and 1 tbsp oil or melted butter (melted butter will taste better but has more saturated fat…though that is not necessarily bad).
As you can see Bisquick is nothing special and nothing that you cant easily replace with healthier ingredients than trans-fat.