The grocery store has all sorts of products available in cans and containers. Sometimes, though, it is better — and cheaper — to resist the temptation of packaged products and make a homemade version instead.
Here are 6 things that are almost always better and cheaper when you make them yourself than when you purchase them at the store.
True to its name, simple syrup is incredibly easy to make at home in any flavor that you could possibly imagine. Whether you like using simple syrup for cocktails or baked goods, these basic steps to making simple syrup will make it so that you never have to waste money on the premade product again.
Hummus is deceptively easy to make at home as long as you keep a few key things in mind. Plus, once you have the basics down, you can add all sorts of mix-ins and flavors. Here is what you need to know about making homemade hummus and all the ways you can keep it fresh and fun.
Pesto is so much more delicious made fresh, especially if you have a bunch of basil from your garden. You can also make pesto with whatever green herb or leafy green you have lying around. Here’s what you need to know about making pesto, and a simple recipe for basil pecan pesto to get started.
If you save chicken bones and vegetable scraps, homemade broth is basically free. Plus, you get all that tasty gelatin and homemade flavor that you don’t get from the boxed stuff. Learning how to make broth will help you to reduce food waste, save money and instantly up your home cooking game.
You can make all sorts of nut butters easily at home. A benefit is that they will be healthier and more delicious than the store bought counterparts. Here’s what you need to know about making homemade nut butters.
Making homemade vanilla extract is a time commitment, but it’s worth it. Making homemade vanilla extract takes a few months, but the flavor is much better than most of the store bought stuff, and it is much cheaper to make because you do so in bulk.
A little bit of elbow grease and a few simple ingredients are all you need to make these kitchen staples at home. Once you do, you’ll never want to spend money on their store bought counterparts ever again.