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50 Pantry Staples to Make Instead of Buy

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There are many reasons to make your own pantry staples. I started making them when I’d run out! But one of the best reasons is to control the ingredients in them.  Most kitchen staples are actually very easy to make and you probably have most of the ingredients on hand.

 50 Pantry Staples to Make Instead of Buy

Making homemade bread is very therapeutic and it’s not all that hard, either. A basic bread recipe only needs flour, yeast, water and sugar.

You can make Wheat BreadFrench Bread or just White Bread.


Just a few pantry ingredients will get this basic pizza dough recipe ready for baking in less than 10 minutes! |

Along the same idea as bread, homemade Pizza Dough is super easy to throw together.

Feeling like Mexican? Try homemade flour tortillas and Corn Tortilla Chips!

Rosemary Croutons add homemade crunch to salads.

Pie Crust isn’t hard to make and can be whipped up in a flash.

Homemade Whole Grain Bagels are a fun family affair that kids will love to help make.

Homemade barbecue sauce

Barbecue Sauce is a summer staple and the homemade version is free of high fructose corn syrup.

Basil Pesto from the idea room is delicious for pastas or pizzas.

You won’t believe how easy it so to make homemade Spaghetti Sauce and Alfredo Sauce for spaghetti night.

Zing up stir frys and other Asian dinners with homemade Sweet Chili Sauce from No Biggie.

Refrigerator staples like  Mayonnaise,  Yogurt and Butter can all be made easily. Butter is a great project for the kids to make.

Use homemade  Ricotta Cheese to make a tasty lasagna.

Vanilla Extract takes some time to make so start early. This makes excellent homemade gifts.

Run out of chocolate syrup? Check out this easy recipe to make homemade chocolate sauce with cocoa powder! Your homemade chocolate syrup will be ready in just 5 minutes.

Chocolate Syrup is a staple in every mom’s pantry and it’s easy to make with cocoa powder.  If you prefer the powder, try homemade Nesquick Powder.

Let the kids make their own Peanut Butter for toast and sandwiches (made on homemade bread!).

Pair homemade peanut butter with  Grape Jelly  or Strawberry Jam for an easy lunch. Or go bold with homemade Hazelnut Spread.

Top ice cream with Caramel Sauce or use in coffee for an extra treat.

Sriracha Chili Sauce is a popular sauce for everything and you can make it yourself.

No kitchen pantry is complete without  Ketchup and Mustard.

Skip the cans and make your own Red Enchilada Sauce for Taco Tuesdays.

Applesauce is great to make in the fall when apples are in season. Just freeze to use all year round.

Mix in anything you like to homemade granola bars or homemade granola, which can also be used as cereal.

baked chicken

Mixes make life convenient.  Make up large batches of  Shake and Bake to use on chicken or pork.

Bisquick Mix can be made and stored for pancakes, muffins, and more.

We love Lipton Onion Soup Mix on chicken and in dips.

Use Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix for a snack, in cakes or to make no bake desserts.

Use homemade Cornbread Mix in our famous Cornbread Chicken Casserole.

Make homemade full sour pickles! Fermented pickles are easy to make and taste just like Bubbies!

Love pickles? You can make all kinds at home including Bread and Butter PicklesDill Pickles and Full Sour Fermented Pickles.

Skip the cans and make your own cream soups for casseroles with Cream of Anything Soup Mix.

Need Irish cream for a St. Patrick's Day Recipe? Make a homemade Irish cream recipe in just a few minutes with basic ingredients you probably already have on hand.

Flavor your coffee with Hazelnut Coffee Creamer and Irish Cream Coffee Creamer.

Keep the kids happy with homemade Graham Crackers and Homemade Cheese Crackers.

Chicken Stock is gets constant use in our kitchen and it’s easy to make in a slow cooker.

If you bake gluten free, save money by making your own Almond Flour.  Everyone needs Brown Sugar in the pantry for baking.

Italian dressing mix

Make a batch of Italian Dressing Mix  and leave it in the spice cabinet for easy use.

Tomato Paste is used to make pizza sauce and marinara sauce and I always have it in my pantry.


Buffalo sauce

Homemade Buffalo Sauce is super quick and easy to make with just 3-4 ingredients.

Marshmallow Creme is one of my favorite homemade pantry staples to make! It’s such a cool recipe and kids love to help make it.

We can’t forget potatoes! Keep Frozen French Fries in the freezer for an easy side dish.

Make homemade Potato Chips and Chip Dip for your next party or movie night.

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  • Abi
    May 5, 2017

    This is a terrific list! I make a lot of these things for our family and see a few new ones I could try (homemade hazelnut spread? Yum!). Thanks for including my ketchup recipe. 🙂