Make-ahead Cornbread

Just because those little blue and white boxes of cornbread mix are cheap and look convenient, don’t be duped into thinking that they are a good choice!  Flip over that little time-bomb and see the ingredient list! Yikes!

You can make your own Make-Ahead Cornbread mix and keep it in your freezer, ready to add the same three ingredients that your cheap-o junk box calls for at a fraction of the cost and 100% the same convenience and speed.  Here’s how:

Makes 8-9 servings

List of Dry Ingredients:

  • ¾  C Freshly Milled Corn Meal
  • ¾  C Freshly Milled Hard White Wheat Flour
  • ½  tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ C Dry Milk
  • up to 1/4 C sugar/succanat (we like ours sweet)

List of Wet Ingredients:

  •  3 TBS butter
  • ¾  C water
  •  1 egg

Mix all the dry ingredients into a bag and label with the remaining ingredients needed to make this corn bread. Store in the freezer for up to 6 months.

When you are ready to bake…

Preheat oven to 425 with 3 TBS butter in a 10-12 inch iron skillet or 8×8 Pyrex dish inside oven.

You will need to watch this and move fast….
Pour your bag of Make-Ahead Cornbread Mix in a medium bowl and make a ‘well’ in the middle of dry mix

In another bowl or a 2 cup pyrex measuring cup mix:
      3/4 C water
      1 egg

Pour liquid into the well made in the dry bowl BEFORE YOU STIR TOGETHER –  take the pan out of the oven and pour most of the melted butter into the egg/water mix.  Be sure to leave enough butter in the pan to keep it well coated.

Mix all ingredients until just blended (still a little lumpy) and then quickly pour into hot buttered pan.

Replace in oven on middle rack for about 20-25 minutes.

Slice within the pan and serve with butter, honey or molasses.

Other Variations:

  • Add one can of drained corn or 1C frozen
  • Add diced jalapenos, tomatoes, corn and/or onions for a Mexican Cornbread.



Donna Miller is a teacher, author, sought-after speaker and trainer. She has been a both guest and host on internet and broadcast radio talk-shows and in television interviews.

She is the hostess of “Your Preparation Station” on Preparedness Radio Network. She and her husband are the Organizers of WNC Preparedness Group in Asheville, NC.  She is an Adjunct Instructor for Frontier Christian University. She teaches local classes & ladies retreats for people to learn hands skills.

She and her husband are the founders of Millers Grain House and, Your Preparation Station and are on the board of PREPARE Magazine.

Joseph and Donna have been happily married for 27 years and have three adult children, and one daughter in-law.


About Donna Miller

Donna Miller is a believer and follower of The Risen Messiah, the wife of 30 years to the love of her life Joseph, and the mother of three, amazing home-school graduates. She’s now been further blessed, as her family has grown with the additions of a daughter-in-law and a new son-in-law.

The Millers are the owners of Millers Grain House, the founders of PREPARE Magazine and the Organizers of the WNC Preparedness Group in Asheville, NC.

Donna is the hostess of the three popular internet radio podcasts: “Surviving on Shoestrings”, “The Back to Basics Kitchen” and “Your Preparation Station” found on Blog Talk Radio, Stitcher and iTunes. She also hosts a popular YouTube Channel that she hopes will help encourage others to enJOY playing with healthy food and saving money.

Donna is a sought-after speaker and trainer, a published author and a freelance writer for multiple blog and recipe sites. She teaches local classes & ladies retreats and also travels to teach hands-on lost skills to others.

Donna’s deepest desire through all of these endeavors is that God be Glorified as she shares. Her mission is to help “prepare you and your kitchen with tools, tips, skills and encouragement.”

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