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How to Buy Less: Make it at Home

How to Buy Less: Make it at Home

Your leftover cabbages could become delicious sauerkraut or kimchi!

Your leftover cabbages could become delicious sauerkraut or kimchi!

Happy New Year! In honor of week one of our #foodwastebingo challenge, “buy less,” we’re here to introduce you to things you’re probably buying at the store that that are secretly super-easy to make at home. Making more things at home is a great way to save money, learn something new, and create treats that you can share with your friends and family!

Sauerkraut

Pickling and fermentation are king and queen of tricking us into thinking they’re difficult to do at home. Case in point: sauerkraut. It’s little more than shredded cabbage, salt, and time (okay some caraway too). Here’s a thorough primer to get you started. Ferment away, friend!

Pita Chips

If you’ve got pita bread that’s a little stale, or just want to crisp some up for a tasty snack , making your own pita chips is a cinch. As a bonus, homemade pita chips are the ultimate vehicle for all sorts of roasted veggie dips starring your produce!

Bone Broth and Stock

We know, we know, we can’t stop talking about how much we love homemade stock! It’s an easy way to use up extra produce around the kitchen that ultimately will elevate any dish you use it in. All stock requires of you is a few hours untouched on the stove. Check out our post on stocks and soups here, and if you eat meat, check out this great collection of recipes.

Hot Sauce

It may be hard to believe, but you can make a eye-poppingly good hot sauce at home with just chilis, salt, and vinegar (or if you’re into fermentation, just chilis and salt). This recipe is the perfect start for a basic sauce, and it’s a launching pad for more creative flavor combinations down the line. Hot sauce is another amazing homemade gift and the perfect opportunity for some fun DIY labels.

Hummus

Is your house a bottomless pit for hummus? If you’ve got a food processor, making it in bulk at home is easy! All you need are canned chickpeas, tahini (ground sesame paste, thankfully available in most grocery stores), garlic, olive oil, salt, and lemon juice. Check out Mark Bittman’s easy and flexible recipe to get started.

We hope this guide has inspired you to try making one of your favorite packaged foods at home. With some fresh produce and a little know-how, there’s no limit to what you can make in your kitchen!

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