Looking to trim your grocery spending? While certain grocery items can be considered necessities, like fresh produce, basic cooking ingredients, and household supplies, there’s one category I’m sure we could all stand to cut back on—convenience foods.
I think of “convenience foods” as anything I would be capable of making or preparing at home. And so many of the pantry staples and cooking ingredients we buy at the grocery store fall under this definition!
When you buy these items at the store, you’re essentially paying for the convenience of not having to make them yourself. While that can be a worthwhile trade for some time-consuming or labor-intensive foods, many convenience foods are a snap to whip up right in your own kitchen!
So in the interest of saving money and embracing the spirit of resourcefulness, today we’ll be exploring some of those store-bought foods, pantry staples, and cooking ingredients that are easy to make at home. And as an added bonus, these won’t just save you money—they’ll have that delicious homemade taste too! :-)
Don’t Miss Part One!
This post is the second installment I’ve written so far about homemade pantry staples. If you missed the first installment, be sure to check it out by following the link below! You’ll learn how to make brown sugar, mayonnaise, pancake syrup, and much more for a fraction of the cost!
9 (More) Pantry Staples You Can Make At Home
1. Peanut Butter
Not only can you make your own delicious homemade peanut butter, but you can make just about any nut butter you like! All you need is a handful of nuts and a suitably high-powered blender, like a Blendtec or Vitamix.
Once you’ve tasted homemade nut butters, you’ll never want to go back to the store-bought stuff! Get full instructions on making nut butters from my post at the link below.
Read More: How To Make Your Own Nut Butters
2. Strawberry Jam
Making delicious homemade jams is just one of many amazing things you can do with your Instant Pot. Strawberry jam has always been a personal favorite of mine, and it couldn’t be easier to make! Grab the recipe below.
3. Hot Fudge
Who couldn’t use a good old fashioned hot fudge sundae every once in a while? It’s good for the soul. And you simply can’t have a hot fudge sundae without some hot fudge! It’s easy and economical to make at home, and of course it tastes great too! Check it out by clicking below.
Read More: A Simple Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce
4. Chicken Stock
If you use chicken stock or veggie stock regularly in the kitchen, you can save quite a bit of money by making them yourself! And it’s a great way to use up food scraps that you would normally throw out. Find out how it’s done by reading the post at the link below.
5. BBQ Sauce
The truth is that making a good homemade BBQ sauce isn’t rocket science. It’s quick and easy to do, plus it has a great homemade taste that the bottled stuff just can’t beat! Check out the post at the link below to grab the recipe for my mom’s “secret” BBQ sauce recipe (which I actually refused to reveal to my kids for several years!)
Read More: Crockpot Spareribs & Mom’s Secret BBQ Sauce
If you’re looking to save money, making your own yogurt at home is a great way to do it! All you need is your crockpot, a few basic ingredients, and most importantly, patience. (But as an impatient person myself, I can tell you that the results are more than worth it!)
7. Sweetened Condensed Milk
I’ve never kept sweetened condensed milk on hand because I don’t use it very often. So on the rare occasion I did need it, I would usually have to make a special trip to the store to get some.
But it turns out that I had everything I needed to make sweetened condensed milk all along! Now when I need some sweetened condensed milk, I just follow the simple recipe at the link below!
Read More: Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk
8. Coffee Creamer
Fans of powered coffee creamer rejoice, because I have a recipe for homemade coffee creamer that is going to blow you away! I’m not much of a coffee drinker myself, but I think this stuff is delicious.
It doesn’t have any of the chemical aftertaste of the store-bought stuff, and it’s so easy to make. Grab the recipe by clicking the link below!
Before I gave it try for myself, I had always assumed that pickling anything was a complicated process. It turns out that I was extremely wrong in that assessment, because making pickles is quite simple to do! If you love pickles, you definitely need to try making your own.
Check out the link below for the recipe and instructions! (Oh, and one more thing. The recipe calls for a pickling spice, which you can also make yourself if you’re so inclined! There’s a good pickling spice recipe at Taste of Home.)
Read More: Homemade Dill Pickles
Do you have a favorite homemade version of a “convenience food?”