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  • Bisquick can be a lifesaver when you want pancakes or biscuits, but don't feel like

  • making them from scratch. Its promise of easy baked goods with no kneading or rolling is

  • something that many home cooks can get behind. Anyone can add a couple eggs and some milk

  • and stir, right?

  • But where did this baking shortcut in a box really come from?

  • Carl Smith, a sales executive at General Mills, created the recipe for Bisquick in 1930. The

  • story goes, according to Mental Floss, that he had the idea for it after enjoying some

  • delicious biscuits on a train ride to San Francisco. Tom Forsythe, General Mills' vice

  • president of global communications, explained:

  • "He arrived in the dining car late. It had closed for the evening. But he did order biscuits,

  • and then very quickly thereafter arrived hot biscuits."

  • Smith asked the cook how he made them. The cook showed him a pre-mixed blend of flour,

  • salt, baking powder and lard kept on ice. From there, the wheels started turning.

  • Smith quickly pitched the idea of a pre-made biscuit mix to General Mills executives, who

  • decided that their version shouldn't need to be kept in an icebox. The company's head

  • chemist, Charlie Kress, led the effort to create Bisquick, which hit store shelves in

  • 1931. It was so popular that other companies began creating their own versions, though

  • Bisquick continued to outsell them.

  • According to Taste, that chef on the train, who was never named nor given credit for inspiring

  • Bisquick, was black. And General Mills would continue to cut black people out of its marketing

  • for years: None appeared in 1933's Betty Crocker's 101 Delicious Bisquick Creations. Then, in

  • 1935, How To Take a Trick a Day With Bisquick portrayed black people only as servants.

  • By the 1940s, Bisquick began to market itself as a cheap convenience food. The company began

  • using the slogan, "a world of baking in a box," to demonstrate that the mix could be

  • used for more than just biscuits. Bisquick began printing recipes for other baked goods,

  • such as dumplings, muffins, and coffee cake, on its boxes.

  • "With Bisquick, the seven basic recipes on the box are as easy as 1-2-3. Just mix, spoon,

  • and bake."

  • In the late 1960s, General Mills changed the recipe to make the biscuits lighter and fluffier.

  • The company added buttermilk and more shortening, dubbing the revamped recipe "New Bisquick."

  • It eventually replaced the original version, soon reverting to its original name.

  • In the 1970s and '80s, Bisquick turned its focus back to Bisquick's versatility. Betty

  • Crocker's Bisquick Cookbook, published in 1971, had more than 200 recipes. By 1980,

  • a fan club called the Bisquick Recipe Club sent cookbooks and a newsletter, "The Bisquick

  • Banner," to fans.

  • Bisquick further simplified the baking process in the late '80s with Bisquick Shake 'n Pour,

  • which cut the milk and eggs, and even any measuring, out of the process. Bakers can

  • just add water to the container, shake it and pour it.

  • So the convenience factor is definitely there, but is Bisquick really cheaper than making

  • batters and doughs yourself? And how does it stack up nutritionally?

  • HuffPost did the math for the cost of using Bisquick against making pancakes from scratch,

  • and found that you're definitely paying a little extra for the convenience of the mix.

  • The publication found that it actually costs 2 cents less per serving if you make your

  • pancakes from scratch.

  • It's up to you whether that cost savings is worth the time and effort that goes into making

  • from-scratch pancakes. If you're making something like 100 servings every day, that definitely

  • will make more of a difference. If you only make pancakes for yourself once a week or

  • so, probably not.

  • "Go to the store to make pancakes! Pancakes! Pancakes! Pancakes!"

  • And though Bisquick may make baking and griddling quicker, it isn't necessarily healthier. The

  • original mix contains partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oil, otherwise known

  • as trans fat. Studies have shown trans fat can have negative health effects such as raising

  • LDL, the bad cholesterol, and lowering HDL, the good cholesterol.

  • Medline Plus reports that too much trans fat also increases the risk of heart disease and

  • stroke. To prevent Bisquick sales from going off a cliff when trans fat became a buzzword

  • of the worst kind, Betty Crocker introduced Bisquick Heart Smart Pancake and Baking Mix,

  • which contains no trans fats.

  • The company has also paid attention to the gluten-free trend, introducing a gluten-free

  • pancake and baking mix which uses rice flour and modified potato starch.

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ビスクイックの知られざる真実 (The Untold Truth Of Bisquick)

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    Seina に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日