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.
Did you know you can make mayonnaise in just three minutes? All you need is an immersion blender, olive oil, one egg, lemon juice, and salt. Head here for the recipe.
With no added oil or salt, this recipe for homemade peanut butter is as simple as adding a 16-oz. bag or jar of peanuts (honey roasted, plain, unsalted, salted, whatever you prefer) to a food processor. That’s all folks. Read about the process here.
Likewise, Nutella can also be made in a food processor. To get that sweet chocolate-hazelnut flavor, you need hazelnuts, cocoa nibs, powdered sugar, hazelnut oil, and espresso powder. Head here for the recipe.
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.
Did you know that brown sugar is just white sugar and molasses? Mind blown. It takes less than five minutes to make. 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.
Crème fraîche is really similar to sour cream, but it’s often super overpriced in stores. It requires only two ingredients to make it—buttermilk and heavy cream—as well as a little patience (it needs to sit for 12 to 24 hours). Head here for the recipe.
Speaking of buttermilk, you can make that at home as well! All you need is milk, lemon juice, and 15 minutes. That’s right: no butter required. Head here for the recipe.
Relish is a summertime essential, so now’s the time to get into it! Homemade relish is astronomically more delish than the jarred stuff, especially when tomatoes are in season. Head here for the recipe.
What pantry staples do you make at home? Tell us in the comments.