These homemade pantry staples are sooooo easy to make from scratch! Know exactly what is in your food, save money, and enjoy tastier meals!
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There is always a silver lining if you look for it, and maybe one silver lining of this season of having to stay home is more meals together as a family, many kids spending more time in the kitchen helping out, and the chance to try new recipes and learn new from-scratch cooking skills.
Granted, I have been helping people learn to cook from scratch for years, but it seems like there is both greater need and greater desire right now, and I’m SO here for it.
One of my favorite things to show people is how quick and easy it can be to make many pantry staples from scratch. It doesn’t have to be time-consuming at all! (Which is great, because I don’t have a lot of extra time). Homemade pantry staples not only taste better, but it can save you money, extra trips to the grocery store, AND you get the peace of mind of knowing exactly what is in your food.
Simple ingredients, natural sweeteners, no dyes, no additives. Making foods that I you eat regularly like jam, salad dressings, dips, etc is a great first step towards a real-food/whole-foods diet.
Of course, diet changes may not be your motivation right now. But another benefit of cooking from scratch is that you learn the process and then you’re more equipped to make substitutions and use what you have on hand. (Which IS a big motivator right now).
Yesterday I whipped up several of these homemade panty staples and made a video showing you step-by-step how to make them, plus a few extra tips thrown in from years of experience. Watch my newest video on homemade pantry staples on YouTube, or keep scrolling to see twelve common pantry staples that any level of cook can make.
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12 Homemade Pantry Staples
Yes, I am one of those eat-peanut-butter-out-of-the-jar people. I can’t help it with this recipe. SO.GOOD.
I started making jam at home because it was an easy way to reduce sugar in our diet. Now that I can make a jar of jam in about ten to fifteen minutes with frozen fruit, honey, and chia seeds, there’s no reason to go back!
You can make yummy salsa in minutes with canned tomatoes and chiles!
Mayonnaise is something else that I have not purchased from the store in a long time. It’s just so easy to make at home and I love that I know exactly what is in it. We use it on grilled cheese sandwiches, deli sandwiches, in tuna salad, and in my best EVER homemade ranch.
This homemade ranch completes me. I may or may not travel with a jar because it’s hard to go back once you’ve had the BEST!
We love to load our tuna salad up with lots of tasty goodness! This is such a frugal, healthy, and easy lunch or snack idea!
I have been making yogurt for years. The difference in the taste is amazing, not to mention it’s so healthy and versatile.
“Barely-sweet” tea is a staple in our house! We make this a couple times a week– good thing it’s so easy!
This tasty hot chocolate mix comes together in seconds in a blender!
Make brown sugar and powdered sugar easily at home!
We loooooove this pesto sauce! And I really love how healthy it is, plus it’s a great way to use up the last of a bag of greens.
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