Making your own - especially when you make several of the same item at one time - will also save you time. Many people think that cooking from scratch is time-consuming but I live at least twenty minutes from a grocery store, so once we figure how much time it would take me to drive to town, do the shopping and drive back home, cooking from scratch doesn't seem so time intensive after all. I'll also save the cost of the gas needed to go to town.
Buying the raw ingredients might cost as much or perhaps a little more than a box or pouch of pre-measured, ready-to-make food, but after making one item you'll still have a partial bag of flour or box of baking soda or can of baking powder. It's definitely more cost-effective.
And we don't need to talk about all the processed stuff in that box or pouch, right? Artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors - we're better off without those.
Here are five food items that are so easy to make at home. Why not try one or two - or all of them? You'll never need to buy the processed variety again!
Bread - In this case, it's a recipe for a bread machine mix that you can keep in the cupboard, but I've used this recipe to make a single loaf of bread by hand too. Make several of these mixes at one time and you can just pull out a bag or Mason jar of mix, combine with the wet ingredients and yeast in your bread machine, and hit the Start button.
Taco seasoning - Why pay for a tiny packet of pre-measured spices? Buy the various bottles of spices needed and measure enough for several taco dinners at once. I use empty spice jars to store my pre-made seasoning mixes. Don't forget a label!
Leave processed food on the grocery store shelves and make it yourself. Share this post with someone who needs to cut their grocery budget.
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