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DIY Rice Milk

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. More

DIY Peanut (and Other Nut) Butters

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. More

DIY: Sesame Sticks

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. More

DIY vs Buy: Cereal Bars

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. More

DIY Raisins (Yes, Raisins)

My pleasure. It was a simple but powerful revelation for me as well. Another one of those "This is hardly worth posting about, but..." DIY recipes.

DIY Cultured Buttermilk

Alas, the way my oven is vented, it doesn't keep warm enough at all. But for others, this is a great method!

3 Delicious Kefir Smoothies To Make At Home

Oooh, thanks for the ideas, Autumn. I'm not a fan of sweetly fruity smoothies nor bananas, so the tart kefir breakfast drink has really been working for me.

DIY Raisins (Yes, Raisins)

@atg117 Ha! No, though you've just reminded me that we did make some sort of veggie soup in a crock pot. Someone handed a 5-year-old a carrot and a vegetable peeler, however, and things took a violent turn before lunch.

@DavidPD I hear you. Though I will stress that I found the taste difference significant--enough to motivate me to do it. But yes, with this or the sun dried tomatoes, I think the big appeal would be to people who are producing their own fruit and just need a good way to preserve a sudden abundance.

DIY Rice Milk

DIY Cornmeal from Popcorn

@DushkoVonCubric I have seen videos of people using electric coffee grinders to do small batches, but I didn't test or want to recommend regular blenders and risk wrecking someone's appliance/voiding their warranty. If the carafe is plastic, it may also be damaged/fogged by such hard action. I did try writing to the manufacturer of my own blender to see if they would say "yes, ours can handle that!" but never heard back. I'd try the coffee grinder if that's an option for you. My plan is to scan yard sales this summer for a grain mill of some sort.

The Serious Eats Pizza-Making Guide

As a Youngstown native, I'll second @pjkobulnicky's Brier Hill suggestion. Interesting city/food history there.

DIY Tomato Powder/Paste

Thanks for all these great ideas!

@duncan1205 In my experience, store-bought sun dried tomatoes are still somewhat leathery--more like raisins than chips--and so would not be dry enough to powder.

DIY Blueberry Cereal Bars

@Christi G. It's so great to hear that you enjoyed them! I haven't tried freeze dried or fresh fruit. I knew I wanted to save myself and anyone trying this the frustration of the filling just leaking out all over the place and burning, so I was only trying to avoid that. I think anything that isn't very watery (and won't become so when heated) is key.

DIY Blueberry Cereal Bars

@FoodStuffs Awesome to hear! And I can tell you that made about 7 versions during testing and am not very good at baking neatness. However, it definitely gets much easier as you go along.

DIY Black Tahini

@Osomatic Sure, I think a lot of DIY versions of tahini use a food processor. I went for my blender in a "let's see what happens when..." moment, and I was just very impressed with how smooth the resulting tahini was. My food processor is less accommodating, even just making nut butters. Much frustrated scraping ensues!

DIY Black Tahini

@tinybanquetcommittee OMG, that sounds (terrifyingly) brilliant!

DIY Pumpkin (Pie) Seed Butter

@Paul Yee I almost always go savory before sweet, but this time I was just attracted to using cozy fall dessert flavors. Can't wait to try your version, however!

@luckychickpea Yes, did it in a regular food processor. Mine is fairly heavy duty (or at least it's heavy!) but I have yet to have any issues, and I did all those nut butters in it a few months back as well. The bitter issue may be linked to the rancid issue from what I've read, but I've never experienced it personally.

DIY Dairy-Free Coconut Yogurt

@racheleewoo I have also heard about the dehydrator incubation method and so wish that was an option for me. Whatever the easiest way to maintain the 110F culturing temp. in your home is should be your go-to method. I have tried this same recipe, just substituting almond milk (2 cups soaked almonds and 4 cups water) and it worked well but was a little thick for my tastes. I would reduce the agar some next time so that the gel would not be so firm.

DIY Dairy-Free Coconut Yogurt

@kriklaf I've been testing rice, almond, and coconut versions, and I know only too well what you mean. Some I could barely stomach a teaspoon full. In this version I definitely got a tart character (though not one as strong as dairy yogurt). I found that using full fat canned coconut milk was too strong, using reduced fat was just chalky, and using the above method was just enough to be pleasant without making an entire dish of it impossible to eat.

DIY Rice Milk

@franko Oooh, I like the sound of that flavoring combo. Thanks for sharing! Will try it out.

DIY Grape-Nuts Cereal

@Rosewood I'm definitely not knocking Marcia's recipe--it was very good! Skip the barley malt and add 1 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. And up the buttermilk to 2 cups.

@neeki I would love to try to recreate that for you, but puffing things up like that in a home kitchen looks like a real challenge. I've been reading up on how to do rice and will keep looking into it. I'll let you know if I make any progress.

DIY Grape-Nuts Cereal

@FredipusRex Definitely try it out--it is dangerously tasty! It just didn't taste like typical Grape-Nuts to me.

DIY Cultured Buttermilk

@candide Thanks for the tip! I've read about the ice cube method, but wondered if that damaged the culture and rendered the buttermilk good for baking but less so for reculturing. Have you had any issues?

DIY Cultured Buttermilk

@saj14saj With an active culture and a warm kitchen, I've had milk clabber in as little as 10 hours (though it can take up to 24), but you'd still need to refrigerate for at least 6 more. So a "start in the morning, finish by supper" probably won't work.

@jedd63 I haven't worked with Mesophilic M, but I think that definitely needs to be my next step. Seems like it has a lot of applications.

DIY Simple Peanut Butter

@NWcajun That's an amazing image.

DIY Sesame Sticks

@elangomatt I was planning to omit the beet powder too, thinking I wouldn't be able to find it, but then I was standing in the health food store and there it was! Cracked wheat may be easier to find in Mediterranean/India markets, if that's an option for you.

@bobcatssteph3 I'm not sure, but I will say that I found myself being too conservative at first with the seasonings. Since it is a snack, not a meal, I think you can feel free to season more strongly. I'd omit the garlic powder and use 2 tsp. of the cajun seasoning to start.

Joe DiStefano's Himalayan Heights: Touring Tibetan and Nepali Food in Queens

Thanks for the tour. You have made me so homesick for my old neighborhood and one of my favorite cuisines.

DIY Garlic Powder

@MsAlyM That's how I did it. I discovered that my convection oven has a "dehydrate" setting which allows me to set the low temperatures needed and has a fan to circulate the air. Probably not very energy efficient, but I'm trying it out to see how much I actually use it before considering the purchase of stand-alone appliance.

DIY Garlic Powder

@Brent Berger Not at all! Just wanted everyone to be prepared.

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