7 Foods You Should Make at Home


You can - and should - make these 7 foods at home. Skip the additives and preservatives, and save money too.



If you've been here for awhile, you know that I encourage you to make as much as you can from scratch. You'll save money and live a healthier life.

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.

Considering the 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. Plus I'll 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 seven 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!


Make light and fluffy pancakes from scratch.


Pancake mix - seriously, these are the best pancakes ever! They are so light and fluffy and are easy to make. You'll impress your family with your breakfast ninja skills when you make these.

I've even made them successfully with powdered milk when we were out of milk. Yes, the powdered milk curdled when I added the vinegar!


Making your own bread machine mixes is quick and easy, and it's frugal too!


Bread - In this case, it's a recipe for a bread machine mix that you can keep in the cupboard. No bread machine? 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.


It's easy to make your own mustard.


Mustard - Are you making sandwiches and realize you're out of mustard? Making your own from scratch is quick and simple. Double the recipe if you use mustard often.


Chili seasoning - Why pay for a tiny packet of pre-measured spices? Buy the various bottles of spices needed and measure enough for several batches of chili at once. I use empty spice jars to store my pre-made seasoning mixes. Don't forget a label!


Make sloppy joes from scratch - and 6 other easy-to-make foods.


Sloppy Joes - I admit that a can of sloppy joe sauce is convenient, and we used to buy a lot of those cans when we were first married. This from-scratch version has so much flavor and is so much better for you. And really, since you have to brown the ground beef even if you use the canned sauce, it doesn't take much longer to make.

The recipe calls for chopped green peppers, so when my pepper plants are producing, I chop up a bunch and freeze them. I just pull a handful out of the freezer to throw in this recipe. If you don't have green peppers on hand, omit them. It's just as yummy!


Making delicious pie crust from scratch isn't difficult. You'll save money too.


Pie crust - I used to hate making pie crusts from scratch, but they taste so much better. I finally set out to learn now to do it, and honestly, it isn't hard. Just take those directions to heart and do every single step. I have a few tips in this post too that make it so much easier.


How to make yogurt at home and save money.


Yogurt - We eat yogurt for breakfast, in smoothies, and as snacks. That's a lot of yogurt. This post explains how to make yogurt without a yogurt maker or dehydrator. Add chopped fruit, honey, nuts or other additions that make you and your family happy.


You can 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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18 comments

  1. Gosh, Kathi, I always gain so much from your posts!! I love these recipes and have already pinned this. Making my own mustard is a new thought to me, but you can bet I'm gonna be trying your mustard recipe! Thanks for all the time you put into your thoughtful posts!

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    1. Thank you so much, Michelle! I'm glad they are helpful.

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  2. Love this! what a great idea to make your own pre-made mixes! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  3. I have to claim ignorance!! I didn't know you could make prepared mustard at home LOL we make the other items at home... except bread since going GF. Having a hard time finding a recipe that works for us. We do most of our spice mixes at home too - Italian, Greek, herbed de Provence. Great post!!!

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    1. I thought the same thing, Nadine: who knew it was that simple and easy to make mustard? I'm glad it was helpful, and hope you are able to find a GF bread recipe that works for your family.

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    2. hi go to onegoodthingbyjillie (I hope I spelled this correctly) she has an excellent g.f. bread recipe

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  4. I'm willing to give mustard a try! Never considered that before!

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  5. I've made mayonnaise before, but not mustard. Off to check out your recipe! Thanks for sharing on the #WasteLessWednesday Blog Hop!

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    1. It's even easier than making mayonnaise!

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  6. Love this post, Kathi - there's so much good advice and links to great recipes! Thank you for sharing with us at Hearth and Soul. Featuring your post at the party today. Hope to 'see' you there!

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    1. Thank you for featuring this post, April!

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  7. Great and yummy list! Your pancakes and cookies look especially appealing =) P.s. Stopping by from April's party.

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    1. Thank you for visiting, Ninja Baker. Those pancakes are scrumptious!

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  8. Anonymous11:10 AM

    Let me just say....THANK YOU KATHI!!!! The lite and fluffy pancakes from scratch are TO DIE FOR!!!! Made them for my son this morning who also enjoys cooking (age 35)! We topped with blueberries, maple syrup, bacon on the side and ice cold milk!!! .....Heaven!!!

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    1. Hi Annie! I'm so glad you like these as much as we do! They are AWESOME! Topping them with blueberries and maple syrup would make them even better!

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  9. this name Annie goes with the prior pancake comment!

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