Gallery: 10 DIY Food Projects If You Have the Day Off

Peanut (and Other Nut) Butters
Peanut (and Other Nut) Butters
A true advantage to making your own nut butters, beyond health and safety, is the opportunity for variation. Mix and match the nuts to suit your tastes. Read more here »

[Photograph: Molly Sheridan]

Greek Yogurt
Greek Yogurt
Producing yogurt at home may not be quite as simple as making ice cubes, but it's not much more complicated than measuring liquid into containers and letting it reach certain temperatures. Get the recipe »

[Photograph: Molly Sheridan]

Dumplings
Dumplings
There's nothing better than eating piping-hot dumplings right as they came out of the pan, and feeling pretty darn satisfied with yourself. Get the recipe »

[Photograph: Chichi Wang]

Mayonnaise
Mayonnaise
Homemade mayo has a much fresher and brighter flavor than the bottled stuff. The extra tang of homemade mayo is also very present, making an already awesome sandwich all the more awesome. Get the recipe »

[Photograph: Josh Bousel]

Garlic Dill Pickles
Garlic Dill Pickles
If you've never canned before, you can make it easier on yourself and make them as refrigerator pickles. (We've also included the canning instructions.) Get the recipe »

[Photograph: Marisa McClellan]

Cereal Bars
Cereal Bars
The cereal bars at the grocery store include artificial flavors, dyes, and 12 grams of sugars. That's when we start hearing the familiar refrain: "you know, I bet I could make these from scratch." You can, and you should, and they'll contain fewer funky additives. Get the recipe »

[Photograph: Molly Sheridan]

Kimchi
Kimchi

This version is totally vegan-friendly, and so authentic-tasting that even a Korean grandmother would approve.

Get the recipe! »

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Ricotta
Ricotta
Basic instructions for ricotta: heat milk, add acid, drain, enjoy. But if you are the impatient type (and honestly, if you are intrigued by making fast and easy things faster and easier), then here's a cool trick for making ricotta in five minutes. Get the recipe »

[Photograph: Jennifer May]

Sesame Sticks
Sesame Sticks
Requiring no fancy equipment, this recipe couldn't be easier. Just toss the ingredients into a bowl and stir up the dough. Get the recipe »

[Photograph: Molly Sheridan]

Buttermilk
Buttermilk
Making your own buttermilk means you'll have a steady supply to meet your homemade salad dressing and baking needs. Get the recipe »

[Photograph: Molly Sheridan]