There are so many reasons to make food from scratch — the cost, the taste, the lack of preservatives to name a few. When it comes down to it though, successfully tackling DIY food projects is fun and the fruits of your labors incredibly rewarding.
Think of these recipes as building blocks for great wholesome meals. They do vary in skill level and time length, but they’re all quite accessible for even the most casual home chef or baker. You won’t find much need for specialized equipment here, either.
Earlier: 8 Benefits of Home Cooking
Sauces, Spreads & Dressings
If you’re going to make anything from scratch, sauces, spreads and dressings are a great place to start. Not only are they usually cheaper to make, but the flavor of homemade sauces, spreads and dressings is unparalleled to the store-bought kind.
Click here for 5 tasty vegan salad dressing recipes.
Grains & Potatoes
These grains and potato recipes are a little more time-consuming, but definitely worth the time and effort. I like to think of them as an every-once-in-a-while project.
Related: 7 Delicious Vegan Bread Recipes
These recipes for cheese and yogurt are surprisingly easy. You’ll wonder why you ever paid $4.99/pound for store-bought mozzarella! You will need to get your hands on some special ingredients and supplies to make cheese, however.
Including recipes for mozzarella, soft goat cheese & mascarpone.
Meat & Dairy Substitutes
Meat and dairy substitutes can be pricey and difficult to find in some places, so why not make them from scratch?
Pickles & Other Fermented Foods
Move beyond dill and bread & butter — when you’re making pickles at home,try out unconventional flavors. Sauerkraut, too, is a great food to experiment with flavor-wise.
For more tips on fermenting vegetables, Click Here.
I have a love-hate relationship with ice pops, in that I love them in theory but the store-bought kind taste so artificial. I’m looking forward to next summer so I can experiment with all sorts of fun and interesting flavors!