Foods You Should Make Yourself

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41 Foods You Should Make Yourself

Spaghetti and pasta sauce
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Want to enjoy fresher foods and a smaller grocery bill? Then, start making more of the foods that you eat. Many of the recipes that follow take just minutes to make.

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Spice, Seasoning and Extract Recipes

Homemade Seasoning Mixes
Homemade Seasoning Mixes. WIN-Initiative/Getty Images

Spices and extracts add a lot of flavor to meals, but they also add a lot to your grocery bill. Learn how to make the seasoning mixes and extracts that you reach for the most, and you'll be amazed at how much a few minutes of measuring and stirring can save.

Apple Pie Spice
Celery Salt
Garlic Powder
Garlic Salt
Italian Seasoning
Non-Alcoholic Extracts
Onion Powder
Onion Salt
Poultry Seasoning
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Vanilla Extract

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How to Make Specialty Sugars and Flours Yourself

Rolling Out Dough
Rolling Out Dough. Tom Merton/OJO Images/Getty Images

A bag of all-purpose flour or granulated sugar won't set you back too much, but jump into the world of specialty flours and sugars, and you'll find yourself paying a whole lot more for a whole lot less. Skip the sticker shock by making your own flours and sugars. Once you see how easy it is, you're sure to feel more than a little smug about your discovery.

Brown Sugar
Cake Flour Substitute
Castor Sugar
Colored Sugar
Powdered Sugar (Confectioner's Sugar)
Self-Rising Cornmeal
Self-Rising Flour

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Condiment Recipes

Homemade Ketchup
Homemade Ketchup. ahaddini_maretty/RooM/Getty Images

Whenever you run out of a condiment, replace it with homemade. Almost all of the condiment recipes featured below can be whipped up in five minutes or less, and they taste a heck of a lot better than the store-bought stuff. Kinda makes you wonder why we ever started paying someone else to make our condiments.

Chocolate Syrup
Cocktail Sauce
Hot Fudge Sauce
Ketchup
Mayonnaise
Mustard
Pesto
Steak Sauce
Tartar Sauce

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Make Your Own Nut Butters

Nut Butters
Nut Butters. Brian MacDonald/DigitalVision/Getty Images

Peanut butter isn't as cheap as it used to be, and those other nut butters -- almond, hazelnut, cashew -- are just flat out expensive. Pull out your blender, and start experimenting with nut butter recipes until you find one you love.

Almond Butter
Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
Peanut Butter

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How to Make Your Own Broth

Homemade Broth
Homemade Broth. © Erin Huffstetler

Those little store-bought boxes of broth are a sad substitute for the real thing, and they cost more, too. Make a pot of homemade broth, and you'll never settle for anything less again.

Chicken Broth
Beef Broth
Turkey Stock
Vegetable Broth

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Make Your Own Dairy Products

Homemade Yogurt
Homemade Yogurt. Silvia Elena Castaneda Puchetta/EyeEm/Getty Images

It only takes two minutes of hands-on time to make creme fraiche and 30 minutes to make a batch of mozzarella. While making your own dairy products may sound intimidating, it's actually really simple and deeply rewarding. Give it a try.

Butter
Buttermilk
Cheese Recipes
Creme Fraiche
Evaporated Milk
Half and Half
Sweetened Condensed Milk