Want a pantry that’s as crafty and creative as the rest of your house?
Save money, eat more healthfully, and use your imagination to boost the flavor of your favorite foods when you restock your kitchen with these DIY pantry staples:
bread: Begin with this homemade sourdough starter, and you’re on your way!
canned goods: You know you want to learn to can. Here are five recipes to get you started.
condensed soup: Isn’t canned cream of mushroom soup gross-looking? And all the recipes call for it! You can make your own cream of something soup that *isn’t* gross-looking (and if it is, it’s nobody’s fault but yours). For even more convenience, you can make a dehydrated version.
cookie mix: For bonus points, this cookie mix is vegan!
crackers: You can make this pantry staple in the dehydrator, and it’s super healthy.
decorating sugar: Even non-organic sanding sugars cost a ton, but you can make your own organic sanding sugar in any beautiful color that you please.
dehydrated vegetables: Dehydrated vegetables don’t have to cost as much as they do at Trader Joe’s, and they’re dead useful in lots of recipes.
hamburger helper: I LOOOOVE Hamburger Helper, even though it’s so crap for me! Only this homemade hamburger helper *isn’t* crap for you, because you’re going to make it yourself using quality ingredients.
ketchup: This homemade ketchup is free of preservatives and refined sugars, and it keeps in the refrigerator, so you can spice it however you like.
peanut butter chips: Preservative-free and perfect for cookies!
pop tarts: You can’t actually keep these homemade whole wheat toaster pastries in the pantry, but if you start craving pop tarts, you know what to do.
potato chips: You can create any flavor combination you want, minus the landfill-bound packaging, with this potato chip recipe from The DIY Pantry.
vinegar: Yep, you can even make your own fancy vinegars.
sweetened condensed milk: This homemade version doesn’t come in a creepy little can.
syrups: If you’re feeling sick, homemade elderberry syrup will make you feel a LOT better.