It's all too easy to rely on the grocery store for some staple ingredients. But in reality, things like whipped cream and pickles are so easy to make on your own, you may never buy them again once you've tried the DIY version. Homemade bread, although it takes time and patience, is incredibly rewarding. You'll earn major culinary bragging rights by making any of these eight ideas from scratch.
- Pickles: Pickling is a great way to preserve your favorite flavors and enjoy them all year long. This simple technique will have you pickling everything in sight!
- Bread: We're not suggesting that you do away with store-bought bread entirely, but fresh bread, straight out of the oven, is something everyone should experience in their lifetime. This easy, no-knead recipe does require a significant resting time, but the result will change your world. As you get more comfortable with working with yeast, you can experiment with more complicated loaves.
- Jam: Fruit lasts longer in jam form. And the homemade version is loaded with delicious, uncomplicated flavors, perfect for spreading on that loaf of bread you just made. Grab a flat of whatever is in season and start canning! Personally, we can't wait to make another batch of Concord grape jam.
- Pizza dough: Store-bought pizza dough is superconvenient, but once you get the hang of a homemade recipe, you can enjoy pizza from scratch anytime. The best part about having a go-to pizza dough recipe is that you can make it in advance, freeze it, and then just take it out to thaw the morning that you're planning to cook up a pie.