Most store-bought foods contain lots of additives, preservatives, and genetically modified ingredients that are not only bad for our health but for our lifespan as well. Fortunately, there are lots of foods that we could be making at home instead of buying them in the store. It takes a little bit more work to make your own foods, but the benefits of taking in less processed food and saving money are well worth it.
Here’s 16 real food versions of pantry staples like ketchup, mayonnaise, bread and more that you can stop buying & start making.
1. Homemade Tomato Ketchup
So much better and healthier than the store bought. Sweetened with honey.
Recipe and directions: Use Your Noodles
2. 4 Ingredient Nutella
This recipe is simple requiring just 4 ingredients and 30 minutes start to finish. Perfect for baked goods, pancakes, waffles, fruit and more.
Recipe and directions: Minimalist Baker
3. Honey Roasted Vanilla Bean Peanut Butter
3 ingredients and 5 minutes is all it takes to make the most delicious peanut butter you will ever eat.
Recipe and directions: Joy Food Sunshine
4. Avocado Oil Mayonnaise
This homemade mayo is totally junk free, takes mere minutes to throw together, and is super thick!
Recipe and directions: Wicked Spatula
5. Easy Homemade Tomato Sauce
Delicious and rich in flavor, infused with herbs, this easy homemade tomato sauce is perfect for adding to any pasta dish or your pizza base.
Recipe and directions: Natalie’s Food & Health
6. Maple Walnut Vinaigrette
A light, tangy salad dressing with the nuttiness of walnuts and the sweetness of pure maple syrup.
Recipe and directions: A Salad for All Seasons
7. Homemade Whipped Cream
Homemade whipped cream is a delicious addition to almost any dessert. It only takes three ingredients and five minutes and you have a creamy alternative to store bought!
Recipe and directions: Berly’s Kitchen
8. Kale Walnut Pesto
Super versatile sauce which is so good on just anything and everything! You can add it to your pasta, grilled fish, tomato soup, whole-grain bread, or even pizza.
Recipe and directions: Cook With Manali
9. Homemade Yellow Mustard
Yes, you can make your own yellow mustard too! A hot dog, a ham sandwich and a turkey sub don’t taste the same without a hefty dose of mustard.
Recipe and directions: Leite’s Culinaria
10. Homemade Yogurt
Homemade yogurt is much less expensive than yogurts purchased from the grocery store, and are usually 100 times better for you.
Recipe and directions: The Prairie Homestead
11. Homemade Steak Sauce
If you love juicy grilled steak, then this recipe for steak sauce is for you.
Recipe and directions: Simple Comfort Food
12. Homemade Butter
The butter bought in store is full with calories and preservatives. Fortunately, you can make your own butter with just 4 ingredient which tastes much better and is much healthier.
Recipe and directions: Living Well Spending Less
13. Homemade Sandwich Bread
This simple recipe makes a soft white bread that’s perfect for sandwiches and toast.
Recipe and directions: Hidden Ponies
14. Homemade Mozzarella
Milk, salt, citric acid and rennet is all you need to make your homemade Mozzarella.
Recipe and directions: Delectable Musings
15. Fresh Pasta from Scratch
Homemade pasta is very easy to make, all you need is flour, eggs, salt and of course a pasta machine!
Recipe and directions: The Kitchn
16. Homemade Pizza Dough
Everyone should have a ball of fresh pizza dough in their refrigerator at all times.
Recipe and directions: Taste and Tell