I’ve recently taken an interest in making a few of our favorite staples from scratch and it’s been fun to see which foods have been a hit and which ones are a complete flop. Today I’m going to share the favorites with sources on making your own staples from scratch.
Yogurt is not something I usually make, but this year we’ve been eating and buying it a lot. When you factor in the cost for yogurt, it makes more financial sense to make our own. Yogurt is especially great to make when you have milk that is almost expiring, which is what happened in our case.
I’ve previously made yogurt on the stovetop and while it was simple enough, it felt like it would be easier to just buy it. I’ve since learned to make yogurt on the crockpot and it was a lot easier. I messed up on when I was supposed to add the starter, but it still turned out wonderful. I prefer the crockpot over the stovetop now, but let me know which one works better for you if you try!
Stovetop recipe can be found here.
Crockpot recipe can be found here.
There is a sourdough starter floating around on my husband’s side of the family, but due to distance and coordinating, I haven’t gotten a hold of it yet. This led me to doing some research on making my own bread and I checked out and older edition of The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day from the library.
I love this book so much I’m going to buy it and add it to my very small cookbook collection. (More info at their website here.)
We’ve made pizza dough and naan from it and both were so delicious and simple to make. This is definitely a money saver recipe and while the idea of making your own bread seems like it’s so much work or too complicated, it’s really not. Naan at the farmer’s market costs $5/each. Since we’re going through a huge naan phase right now, it’s saving us money in the long run.
Macaroni & Cheese
My husband is a fan of Velveeta, and I grew up eating macaroni and cheese from the blue box. Over the years I’ve tried to make macaroni and cheese from scratch without much luck.
This Taste of Home Company Mac and Cheese recipe is perfect for everyone in our family. It’s pretty much fail-proof and I don’t use panko or breadcrumbs. It is still delicious, especially when you throw in cooked and chopped bacon pieces before baking.
In our house, we all have our personal favorites. I love bacon, mushrooms, and artichokes. Brian loves lots of cheese, pepperoni, and sausage. Bunny loves white sauce. Nagini’s preferences fluctuate.
By making our own pizza (with the bread dough from above), we’re able to tailor our pizzas to our taste. I can make one batch with a little bit of our own favorite toppings without having to buy four separate pizzas. Plus it’s nice to control the ingredients of our own pizza.
Yes I realize its not as cost-effective to make your own pizza or your own macaroni and cheese, but this is where I’m a proponent of quality over quantity.
How about you? Do you make any of these foods from scratch? I wasn’t a big fan of making our own yogurt or bread, but now I’m a convert! (Especially once I learned how easy it is!)