Even though the process for making raisins is rather obvious, the richer sweetness and more complex flavor was a surprise.
If you're looking for a probiotic-loaded DIY dairy project that's a little less involved than yogurt making, the cultured milk drink known as kefir (keh-FEER) just might be for you.
Grinding my own cornmeal was something I hadn't even begun to consider when I first stumbled upon discussions of how great the freshly milled variety made your cornbread. You can even use the popcorn already in your pantry.
Get "just add water" access to everything from tomato paste to tomato sauce and juice in a small pantry footprint.
For anyone with a container of hardening tahini lurking in the back of their refrigerator, it's time to think about the benefits of DIY.
An easy peanut butter alternative, this nut spread is souped up with homemade pumpkin pie spice and maple syrup.
Starting with dried coconut flakes results in a non-dairy yogurt that tastes fresh and bright—without you having to break a sweat or crack a coconut.
While similar to the commercial options, this DIY recipe is not an exact replica of what's on grocery store shelves. If you're looking for a cost-saving option that you are free to flavor to suit your own preferences, however, this is a great way to go.
Slightly less molar-cracking than the commercial version, this DIY cereal offers plenty of rich nutty flavor with a light malty sweetness.
By culturing your own, you can have exactly as much buttermilk as you need each week—fresh and as creamy as you like, no extra additives.
This no-stress side project could easily be done while your soup is simmering. Make your own signature flavor by adding dried herbs or black pepper.
Even if the "recipe" for making your own peanut butter is little more than "place ingredients in food processor and run till smooth," after yet another wide-scale recall of commercial brands, it seemed worth the reminder about how easy it is to whip up at home.
Requiring no fancy equipment, this recipe couldn't be easier—just toss the ingredients into a bowl and stir up the dough. In this way, the cook also controls the type and amount of fats and seasonings that end up in the finished product, so you can really have some fun with it.
Garlic powder inspires a striking level of animosity, but it can be so much more than just a short cut. This DIY version offers a blast of concentrated flavor well worth the minimal effort.
A love affair with Greek yogurt can claim a serious chunk of your grocery budget and represent a distressing volume of packaging in your trash can. In the DIY final analysis, making your own is hands down the way to go.
Commercial cereal bars laced with artificial flavors, dyes, and 12 grams of sugars are not my idea of an energizing breakfast. While studying the package, the familiar refrain of "you know, I bet I could make those" began running through my head.
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