13 Store-Bought Pantry Staples You Can Easily Make at Home
Want to save money on groceries? Want to save yourself trouble when you run out of key ingredients? And want to eat more fresh and flavorful food? Then it’s time you learned how to make store-bought pantry staples at home. As it turns out, many of the packaged goods we use frequently, from mayonnaise to brown sugar, are actually really simple and quick to make. Read on below for the recipes.
If you read the label store-bought jars of tomato sauce, you might be horrified by the amount of sugar and salt included. You can make a simple, healthy, and delicious sauce at home that’s bursting with flavor with canned or fresh tomatoes, a few spices and seasoning, olive oil, broth, onion, and tomato paste. And once you try it, you’ll never go back. Head here for a recipe.
Hummus is so incredibly easy to make, and when you make it at home you can make a giant batch of it for much cheaper than your standard 8-oz. container. You can also flavor it with whatever vegetables you have handy—red peppers, spinach, peas, you name it. All you need are chickpeas, garlic, lemon, olive oil, salt, paprika, and tahini (which you can also make at home). Head here for the recipe.
Don’t get us wrong: We absolutely love good ole Heinz 57. But making ketchup at home allows you more flexibility in terms of how sweet or spicy it is. Just mix together a few spices, salt, dark brown sugar, white wine vinegar, and tomato paste and you are done. Lasts up to three weeks. Head here for the recipe.
Packaged granola can be incredibly expensive given that it’s basically just baked rolled oats. Making it at home also allows you to add whatever flavors you enjoy or have on hand, such as dried berries, fruits, and nuts. And the best part? You’re guaranteed to have all the giant clusters your heart desires. Head here for the recipe.
Tahini, a staple of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine, best known for its role in the aforementioned hummus, is sesame seed paste. To make it, you only need sesame seeds and oil (and oil is really optional). The best thing about making it from scratch is that it’s actually quite expensive (about $11 for a small container) in the store. Head here for the recipe.