6 Processed Foods You Can Make Better at Home

Flashy processed foods flood most of our†grocery store shelves. While using some lightly processed products is okay, in the long run it is healthier, cheaper and tastier to make some commonly processed foods at home instead. Try making these 6 generally processed foods at home instead of scribbling them on your next grocery list.

Soup & stock

Instead of buying canned soups ó which are packed in BPA-lined cans ó and boxed stocks ó which are generally lacking in flavor, take 30 minutes to make your own. Making stock is easy. Just throw leftover bones, herbs and veggie scraps in a slow cooker and leave them overnight. Strain the liquid through some cheesecloth and into a jar and viola! Youíve made a couple of quarts of stock that you can pop into the freezer until youíre ready to use them.

For soups, just chop up some veggies and some protein, and toss in according to cooking time. Most soups take only 30 minutes or so, and are incredibly nutritious and hearty, so donít be intimidated by making your own.

Nut butters & milks

Many nut milks contain a thickening agent called†carrageenan, which can cause intestinal inflammation for some. The best bet to avoid unwanted additives is to make your own. Itís incredibly simple, and tastes infinitely better than the cartoned version. As for nut butters, it is more cost effective to buy nuts in bulk and create your own nut butter in a food processor, and only takes about 20 minutes of your time.

Related: 7 Nut Butters You Can Easily Make at Home

Salad dressing

If youíre trying to avoid sugar, youíve probably been surprised by the nutritional facts on your salad dressing. Whatís incredible is that many people donít realize that homemade salad dressing is incredibly simple and significantly tastier than the store-bought variety. It also allows you to control exactly what goes in, so you have complete control over what you’re consuming. It makes salad even more guilt-free!

Tomato sauce

For one, tomatoes and their saucy cousins that are kept in cans generally have significantly more BPA leeching due to their acidic nature. So, itís best to go for whole tomatoes or tomato paste sold in glass jars rather than cans. Secondly, many tomato sauces are loaded with unnecessary sugars or thickeners. Making your own is as easy as tossing some garlic, cherry tomatoes, basil and olive oil into a saucepan to simmer. Once it has broken down and reduced a bit, you have a terrific tomato sauce that tastes as fresh as it is!

Granola bars

Buying energy bars is tricky. While sugar is a great energy booster if youíre an athlete, the quality and quantity of sugar are often all wrong. Instead of buying bars laden with GMO corn syrup, make your own at home. Itís easy, makes your home smell delicious, and is often a far more sugar-conscious choice than bars you can find in store.

Salsa

Many reputable salsas actually contain thickening agents and unwelcome preservatives. Yet, few people realize how simple it is to make your own. For a killer salsa fresca, toss chopped tomatoes, onions, salt, cilantro, lime juice and a hot pepper of your choice into the food processor and pulse until smooth. For an even richer flavor, fire roast the ingredients first. This salsa can even be frozen in a jar and saved for another time.

Save money, boost flavor and still fit in all of your chores. These processed foods are simple and quick to make. Try making one or two of them every Sunday afternoon to prep your household for a terrific, tasty week!

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Paulo R
Paulo Reeson3 days ago

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Paulo R
Paulo Reeson3 days ago

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Christina B
Christina B6 days ago

Already doing all of these things, except for the tomato sauce, because it's winter and tomatoes aren't in season.

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Jennifer M
Jennifer M6 days ago

homemade is best

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Renata B
Renata B7 days ago

Too much publicity on C2, too much greed: all these little videos that start by themselves! They prevent the page to work properly. The cursor gets stuck all the time and the mouse doesn't work. Really a pain in the ... you choose the most appropriate body part.

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Renata B
Renata B7 days ago

Weird article: certainly many entries not for vegans (throwing bones into the saucepan??? Sounds like cave people- who by the way were mostly frugivorous); valid probably for the US only, although Care2 pretends to be international (thanks Goodness we don't have GMO - so far at least, in spite of the huge economic and political pressure the US is making on us and for which NO, we are definitely not grateful). Many entries anyway, I normally make them myself, I wouldn't dream soup in a tin for example!!!! How mad.

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W. C
W. C7 days ago

Thanks.

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William C
William C7 days ago

Thank you.

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Olga Nycz-Shirley
Olga N8 days ago

Noted. Have made loads of home made energy bars.

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Ramesh B
Ramesh B8 days ago

Thanks for sharing interesting info

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