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.
Along the same idea as bread, homemade Pizza Dough is super easy to throw together.
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.
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.
Zing up stir frys and other Asian dinners with homemade Sweet Chili Sauce from No Biggie.
Use homemade Ricotta Cheese to make a tasty lasagna.
Vanilla Extract takes some time to make so start early. This makes excellent homemade gifts.
Let the kids make their own Peanut Butter for toast and sandwiches (made on homemade bread!).
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.
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.
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.
Skip the cans and make your own cream soups for casseroles with Cream of Anything Soup Mix.
Chicken Stock is gets constant use in our kitchen and it's easy to make in a slow cooker.
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.
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.
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