Eat Well and Spend Less with DIY Foods!

There are many reasons why people choose to make their own foods and ingredients, but one of the biggest reasons is to save money.

For home cooks who prepare whole chickens on a regular basis, making DIY chicken broth to use for other meals is an easy additional step to incorporate when preparing a whole chicken.

Salad lovers may want to consider making their own salad dressings since many start from the same base of ingredients that are kitchen and pantry staples, like vinegar, mustard, and olive oil. Food Network’s 50 Salad Dressing Recipes will inspire anyone to eat more greens and to try new flavors of salad dressings! Make the Roasted Red Pepper dressing for topping a chicken and mixed greens salad.

When it comes to condiments it can sometimes be cheaper to make your own if it’s a condiment you do not use often and because you may already have the ingredients on hand. This Classic Cocktail Sauce recipe, which also includes instructions for making classic shrimp cocktail, from The Spruce can be made in 5 minutes with ketchup, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and lemon juice. Mix up a small bowl and serve with shrimp cocktail on Valentine’s Day for a special appetizer. Your sweetie will most definitely be impressed with the DIY touch. Another reason why some people enjoy making their own condiments is because they can make signature condiments according to taste. The next time you’re planning on serving hamburgers and hot dogs to your family Make Your Own Ketchup, Mustard, Mayo… (from Farmers’ Almanac) and see if your family members notice any difference from bottled or jarred condiments.

Does your family eat a lot of bread? You can save money by baking bread yourself. If you don’t have a bread machine and the thought of baking your own bread seems intimidating no worries! You’ll get the hang of bread making with a little bit of practice. You may want to start out by baking Pinch of Yum’s Miracle No Knead Bread. It’s a crusty white bread, perfect for dipping into a hearty winter soup. And there are versions for using gluten-free flour and whole-wheat flour.

If you love ramen, you’ll want to make Pinch of Yum’s Quick Homemade Ramen recipe. It’s a comforting DIY meal perfect on a cold winter day, especially when you want to stay indoors. This ramen is loaded with fresh vegetables, and it’s easy to make, thanks to packaged ramen noodles. Make it your own by adding in your favorite ramen ingredients.