Homemade Pantry Staples
Our family buys very few pre-made, processed items from the grocery store these days. When we first started down our path towards cleaner eating, these conveniences were hard to give up. Although we knew we needed better ingredients and were ready to replace these items with homemade or just eliminate them altogether, finding the time in the kitchen was a challenge. Everything in the beginning felt overwhelming!
We started slow by replacing just 1-2 items per month in our pantry, like bottled salad dressing, coffee creamer, canned chicken stock and more. We also completely cut out other items (with no replacements) like breakfast cereal, canned soups, crackers and other packaged snacks. Working through this process slowly made the transition much easier.
To be perfectly honest, while some of these replacements may take a few extra minutes in the kitchen, there is absolutely no comparison in taste and it’s a relief to know exactly what we are putting in our bodies. I’ve also found an added “convenience” with this switch. For example, when I would run out of coffee creamer before, I had to make a last minute run to the grocery store. Now, by keeping the ingredients on hand at all times, I can just whip up a batch at home without having to make an extra trip.
Over the past year or so, we have shared several recipes for homemade pantry staples to help replace the more processed versions in your pantry.
- Homemade Salad Dressing
- Homemade Croutons
- Baking Bread for Beginners
- Homemade Taco Seasoning
- The Best Guacamole
- Homemade Chocolate Almond Coffee Creamer
- Homemade Date Caramel and Vanilla Coffee Creamer
- Homemade Chicken Stock
- Homemade Applesauce
- Homemade Granola
- Homemade Yogurt in the Crockpot
- Easy Make-Ahead Fruit and Vegetable Smoothie Kits
- “Love Sauce” (Homemade Salsa)
- Homemade Buttermilk Caramel Syrup
To read more about our clean eating journey, check out my Great Food Revolution of 201 Series.
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