Aunt Jemima pancake mix comes in a variety of forms. All mixtures can be combined with milk, and in some cases, it must be combined with milk or some other substitute related to it. Additionally, most mixtures require eggs or a substitute for these. Do not use water unless the mixture specifies that you can do it.
Make the mix
Not only can you use milk, but in some cases you should do it. Some pancake mixes contain milk powder without fat, so technically you can only add water, although you can add milk to get a deeper flavor. Other mixtures do not contain this milk powder, and you should always add milk. The milk not only adds flavor, but the fat of it is necessary so that the pancakes are tender. Running water will not give you the same result.
When you use milk for your pancake mix from Aunt Jemima, you have two options. Skim milk or 1% milk, because it works better than whole or 2% milk. If you want to prepare pancakes without dairy products, you can substitute traditional milk with soy, almond, rice or coconut milk. These substitutes will produce less tender pancakes. You may also notice some slight change in taste if you add any of these substitutes. Coconut milk will impose a mild coconut flavor to the preparation. Use the same amounts you would use with regular milk.
While Aunt Jemima pancake mixes are durable when they are in the cupboard, once you add milk and eggs, the mixture will become perishable. Pancakes are quick to prepare and have a better flavor when fresh, so prepare them as soon as possible. In a jiffy you can prepare a whole batch for a busy day's breakfast. Wrap the remaining pancakes in a plastic bag and place them in the refrigerator for up to three days. You can also freeze the pancakes prepared with milk for up to two months. Reheat the pancakes in the microwave or on the toaster and serve them.
Using low-fat, low-fat milk or non-dairy milk is a good start to make healthier pancakes, but do not stop there. Choose to prepare whole wheat pancakes, instead of traditional ones, to get more fiber. Place fresh fruits on the pancakes, honey or some real maple syrup instead of the artificial one. Read the ingredients of the Aunt Jemima pancake mix package, as they may contain partially hydrogenated oils, corn syrup solids or preservatives.They also tend to have a high sodium content.