You'll save money and eat better by making these everyday grocery items instead of buying them.
Make it on your stove top or in a slow cooker, and adjust the sweetness, spices, and texture to suit your taste. You can peel and core apples, or just chunk them up and use a food mill to strain out solids after cooking. Cook down the applesauce even more to make sweet, thick apple butter.
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Here's a thrifty way to use up chicken necks, backs, and wing tips. Make and freeze stock in pint- and quart-size batches.
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Make your own baked, fried, or dried potato chips, tortilla chips, kale chips, zucchini chips, apple chips, and just about any other kind of chip you desire.
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Never waste stale bread again. Bread cubes can be toasted in butter or olive oil, and flavored with your choice of salts and herbs. Store in an airtight container.
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5. Energy Bars
If you're eating these for health and nutrition, you'll appreciate saving money and controlling all the ingredients by making your own.
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Start with plain oats and add in all the good things you like in your granola. You hippie, you.
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Mashed avocado, plus a few other things fresh from the produce aisle. That's all it takes to make the best guacamole of your life.
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If you can operate a blender, you can make hummus.
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9. Pancake Mix
Reach for this handy mix when you're too sleepy in the morning to measure out all the dry ingredients separately. The recipe tells you what wet ingredients to add to make it into a batter.
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10. Pasta Sauce
Make and freeze, people. Make and freeze. Then you'll always have pasta sauce ready to go for super-quick dinners.
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Store-bought pesto can't touch this stuff. Freeze leftover pesto in ice cube trays to throw into sauces.
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12. Salad Dressing
Keep a clean jar and lid in your pantry to shake up fresh dressings in seconds. So easy, so impressive.
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No packaged salsa will ever taste fresher than one you make yourself. And that's a promise.
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Do not spend money on a bag of self-rising flour when all you have to do is add a couple of everyday ingredients to regular flour. You can do this!
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15. Spice Blends
Taco seasoning, chili mix, seasoned salts. How many times have you spent big on these? Now's the time to mix up your own.
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16. Trail Mix
Easy, cheap, and so customizable. Make a big batch to scoop into grab-and-go bags.
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17. Vanilla Extract
Vanilla beans and vodka. How easy is that? If you don't want to make a big batch, scale the recipe down to 20 servings; you'll need only one vanilla bean and 1/8 of a liter of vodka. (And you don't have to use premium spirits.)
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18. Whipped Cream
Freshly whipped cream takes only minutes to make, even without a mixer. Pro Tip: If you accidentally overbeat it, you can whisk in a little cream to bring it back to creamy perfection. Whipped cream will keep in the fridge for about a day.
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