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