I tried the THRIVE 6-Grain pancake mix for weeks and weeks before finally getting it right. Basically, no matter what I did, it turned out kinda raw / wet and gooey in the middle. Not how I like my pancakes!
Fortunately, I loved the flavor. That was my motivation: I really wanted the pancakes to work b/c they had such great flavor. So, I posted my problem on the THRIVE Life (formerly Shelf Reliance) consultant forum. Twice actually. About a month apart. I got lots and lots of tips:
- Cook them at a higher temperature
- Cook at a lower temperature
- Don’t over mix them
- Mix them in a blender
- Cook immediately after mixing
- Let them sit for 10-15 minutes after mixing before you cook them
- Add warm water
- Add cold water
- Add less water
- Add more water
I was so appreciative of all the help, support and suggestions, but nothing worked. I’m not sure what was wrong with me or my kitchen or my grill, but nothing worked.
So, I decided to research what exactly makes pancakes rise. I found there are two things (duh): baking powder and baking soda. I found that baking soda is activated immediately when you add water and something acidic to it (buttermilk, honey). The food must be baked / cooked immediately after mixing or the baking soda won’t work properly.
Baking powder on the other hand, is available in both double acting or single acting forms. The single acting is similar to baking soda except it only needs water to activate it. However, the double acting baking powder is different. It reacts twice: once when the water is added and a 2nd time when the heat is added. So, nothing has to be cooked or baked immediately for it to work properly.
The 6 Grain pancake mix has both baking powder and baking soda in it, but not much. In fact, they are the very last two ingredients.
So, here is what I did:
- I added 3 tsp double acting baking powder to 3 cups 6 Grain Pancake mix and 2 1/2 cups cold water.
- I mixed it very well with a fork
- Let it sit for 10 minutes
- Did not mix it again
- Cooked on a greased grill at 350 degrees (medium high) for about 2 min
- Flipped and cooked for about 30 seconds on the other side
They turned out perfect! Light and fluffy on the inside and just slightly crispy on the outside. YAY!