This past Sunday, we spent the day at home and as I spent some time in the kitchen, I thought about the foods I made and how much better and maybe a little less expensive than store bought options. I think anyone can make these and save money and eat better too.
Usually I use the broth in places where recipes call for water, or having it when I make soup.
This is the easiest food you can make and save so much money. We go through chicken broth/stock so quickly, so anytime I make it we save a bit more, especially if you use scraps. If you use scraps, whenever you cut or peel veggies, add to a freezer bag and store it in your freezer until you have enough to start with stock.
It’s easy. First, gather meat bones (can be cooked or raw), then a couple of carrots, celery, and an onion. You don’t have to chop or peel anything up. Boil in a pot of water for at least 1.5 hours. You can add herbs, flavorings, or whatever you want.
I have been baking bread for the last couple of weeks using sourdough starter that I’ve had since around Christmas (it originated from Brian’s grandmother’s friend).
I don’t have the “perfect” recipe to use just yet. Though I do have a pretty good bread recipe (see The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking), with sourdough it’s been trial and error. I’ve tried 3 different recipes so far and haven’t found the perfect one. I’ll update this when I do!
I’ve shared about my love of making yogurt here.
But, one of the things I’ve noticed is the huge amount of savings when I make my own yogurt. Organic yogurt pints costs more than $5 around here, and I can buy a gallon of organic milk for less than that! Definitely saves us a ton.
We usually just make whatever is on the back of the chocolate chips label.
Homemade cookies always taste better than store bought ones!
I also spotted a recipe on making sour cream that I’ll experiment with soon. My husband has gotten to making homemade creamer for his coffee as well.
What foods do you make from scratch?