12 Foods You Didn’t Know You Could Make from Scratch
These homemade takes on grocery store staples are as easy to make as they are delicious(12 Photos)
Fresh ricotta beats the stuff from a plastic container any day of the week, but it can be hard to find in the store. This quick homemade version, which calls for whole milk and a little heavy cream for richness, is very similar.
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Red Wine Vinegar
Don’t let an open bottle of red wine go to waste just because you don’t plan on finishing it. Turn it into your own “artisanal” vinegar instead.
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You hardly ever see homemade graham crackers, but they’re really not that hard to make from scratch. This whole grain version is extra wholesome – perfect for dunking in milk.
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Real vanilla extract is expensive, as are vanilla beans, but you can stretch the latter a lot further by making your own extract at home.
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You customize your special burger recipe, so why not make a barbecue sauce that’s also tailored to your own tastes? Best of all, you’ll find most of the ingredients right in your own pantry.
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Loved by kids and adults alike, these crispy crunchy crackers only require five ingredients – one of which is water! Wrap the breadsticks with slices of prosciutto or eat them as-is.
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You can buy inexpensive yogurt-making machines in most kitchen stores, but all you really need is a pot and a heat source. Sweeten homemade plain yogurt as your heart desires: with fresh fruit, honey or maple syrup.
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There’s nothing better than rich, molten chocolate spooned over ice cream, but most store-bought hot fudge is heavy on the high-fructose corn syrup and skimpy on actual chocolate, which this recipe has in abundance. For a zippy holiday treat, add a 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract.
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This glossy, buttery sauce is delicious spooned over vanilla ice cream or caramelized bananas. And because it’s made from scratch there are no hidden preservatives.
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Love spicy food? It might be worth it to make a batch of this super-hot condiment. While the recipe requires many ingredients, you'll probably have most of them on-hand and it takes seconds to whip it all up in a food processor.
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Really great cured salmon can go for $20 a pound or more, so why not make it yourself? This tender, tasty salmon, based on the classic Scandinavian gravlax, is coated in sugar, salt and herbs and cures in the fridge for 24 hours.
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This classic accompaniment to fish isn’t only found in the condiment aisle. You can whip up your own fresh (preservative-free!) tartar sauce at home with just six common ingredients.
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Flat Roasted Chicken
Mediterranean Braised Salmon with Ripe Tomatoes, Olives, and Oregano
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