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Homemade Pantry Staples

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Get flavorful food from the work of your own hands with these easy to make homemade pantry staples.

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There is no reason for us to feel like basic foods only come from grocery store shelves. While there are times when we all need to pick something up in a pinch, there is no reason to solely rely on bottles from some plant to fill our menu plans.

Control Ingredients

When making your own food and pantry staples, you can control all the various aspects that go into that food. This is one of the best reasons to make your own.

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Yogurt from the store can have tons of sugar and other completely unnecessary ingredients. At home you can make your own and sweeten as desired, for example.

Levels of salt, seasonings, preservatives, and more can all be adjusted or skipped completely to care for health conditions, food allergies, and dietary preferences.

Avoid Waste

Making your own means avoiding single use containers. All that store bought sour cream, salad dressing, and more come in plastic tubs and bottles that are simply wasteful.


Often making your own staples is much less expensive than store bought. Look to source ingredients (like mustard seeds and yeast for example) in bulk sections whenever possible.

How to Get Started

Join Kris Bordessa of Attainable Sustainable and I as we talk about making homemade pantry staples in this video.

Kris is the author of the newly released book, Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living. She is also a blogger who enjoys helping people face and jump the hurdles of making sustainable changes in their lives.

Get recipe inspiration and instructions below.

Homemade Pantry Staples

Make pantry staples at home quickly and easily with these frugal recipes that avoid waste and taste delicious.

Homemade Salad Dressings

Most salad dressings can be made at home easily to avoid dubious ingredients, wasteful plastic bottles, and expense.

Cultured Dairy Products

Cultured dairy products have been around since antiquity, which means we can still do it in our modern homes and kitchens.


Homemade mustard is easy and endlessly customizable for your family's tastes.

Homemade Breads

Homemade bread is a thing of delight and comfort. It takes many forms and while it can take some time it is not at all difficult.

Soup Stock & Broth

Homemade broth uses up bones and other food scraps for a delicious stock for soups, stews, and more.

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Donna Becker

Sunday 17th of May 2020

I've been avidly reading your blog for some time, and thank you for all the effort you put into guiding us toward a simpler life. You advocate for food preservation, which I'm doing again. I'm wondering what your take is on home freeze dryers. I've read glowing reviews and also some gripes about them. The shelf stability of most freeze dried foods is quite good, but I'm wondering about the expenditure of electricity needed to run them. Your thoughts?

Kathie Lapcevic

Sunday 17th of May 2020

I don't have a freeze dryer, I just haven't felt the need to buy one. I have a regular dehydrator and have always felt that was good enough. Laurie over at Common Sense Home has a very good post all about freeze dryers though - check it out here: