I think we pay a lot of money for convenience these days, especially when it comes to grocery shopping. If you’re trying to stick to a grocery budget (and who isn’t?), then you’re probably already avoiding many of the items that are purely convenient, like pre-cut fruits and veggies, etc. But there’s another somewhat less obvious way to save money on your groceries, if you’re willing to put in a little bit of effort!
Today I’ll be sharing a list of common pantry staples that you can easily replicate at home–some of which you may not have thought of before. Making these items at home instead of buying them at the store is a simple way to save even more on your groceries. And you’re sure to save yourself a few trips to the grocery store too! :-) So without further ado, here are 10 pantry staples you whip up right in your own kitchen.
10 Pantry Staples You Can Easily Make At Home
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1. Brown Sugar
Make your own brown sugar by mixing 1 cup of granulated sugar with 1 tablespoon of molasses (or slightly more for dark brown sugar). When stored correctly in an airtight container, molasses can stay good for a year or more. So as long as you have some granulated sugar and molasses on hand, you can just mix up your own brown sugar whenever you need it! :-)
2. Self-Rising Flour
Self-rising flour sounds complicated, but it couldn’t be easier to make. Just mix 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt together. Double, triple, or quadruple the recipe as needed to make enough self-rising flour for your baking project.
3. Bread Crumbs
If you keep bread on hand, you should never have to buy store-bought bread crumbs! Just toast a few slices, blitz them in your blender or food processor, and voila! You’ve got perfectly delicious and crispy bread crumbs.
To make your own seasoned bread crumbs, add the following spices to your food processor along with the toasted bread:
- 1/2 teaspoon each of dried parsley flakes, garlic powder, kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon each of dried basil, dried oregano, onion powder, and ground black pepper
4. Powdered Sugar
I’m rather embarrassed to admit that I didn’t know I could make my own powdered sugar until recently! And it turns out that it’s actually really easy. Just pour 1 cup of granulated sugar in your blender or food processor, and pulse until the sugar gets superfine and fluffy. (Be sure to sift it before using it to make sure you don’t have any big granules left!)
5. Seasoning Mixes
It’s easy to make your own seasoning mixes at home! I like the flavor of my homemade mixes better than the store-bought ones, and I think you will to! If you follow the link below, you’ll find recipes for taco seasoning, ranch seasoning, onion soup mix, brown gravy mix, country gravy mix, and more! You’ll also find a handy shopping list that included everything you need to make all of the spice mixes from that post.
6. S.O.S. Mix (Cream Soup Substitute)
This is one of the more useful items you can keep in your pantry, in my humble opinion! It’s a dry mix that you can add water to for an easy substitute for any “cream of” soup that a recipe calls for. You can also use it as a creamy base to build other creamy and delicious soups. Get the recipe and all the details at the link below!
7. Instant Oatmeal
Anyone can divvy oats up into individual bags and call them “oatmeal packets.” But if you want to replicate the thick and creamy texture of store-bought oatmeal packets, you’ll need to do one extra secret step. (But don’t worry, it only takes a few seconds!) Learn the secret to making perfect instant oatmeal packets below!
I think everyone should try making homemade mayo at least once. (Unless you have a good reason not to, of course!) It’s a completely different experience from store-bought mayo, and it’s surprisingly easy to make. Give it a try and see what you think! You’ll find the full recipe at the link below.
9. Pancake Syrup
While you can’t really replicate pure maple syrup at home, you can make a classic pancake syrup that everyone is sure to love! The recipe you’ll find in the post below is the same one my mom used to make for us back when we were kids. It has a nostalgic flavor that is sure to take you back! Get the simple recipe below.
10. Pancake Mix
And while you’re making pancake syrup, you might as well whip up some pancake mix too! ;-) You can easily replicate those convenient “shake and pour” pancake mixes at home. It’s a great way to make pancakes anytime, but it could be especially convenient for camping and other outings! Get the recipe at the link below.