There is a little bit of a thrill when you make something successfully at home, from scratch, that you previously thought it was only possible to purchase at the store. I find that this is true when I whip up a batch of homemade Oreo cookies on a long weekend, and it was definitely true when I made my first batch of homemade marshmallows instead of buying them. The truth is that there are lots of foods that we could be making at home instead of buying them, but because of convenience or the lack of a good recipe, we buy them instead.
In The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making, you will find plenty of recipes that will not only give you the satisfaction of having made a favorite food from scratch, but are well worth the time it takes to put them together. The recipes are easy to follow and most are not complicated, though a few require special ingredients to get them started. For instance, you need a culture to start the homemade yogurt recipe. Many of the recipes end up being much cheaper to make than they would be to buy, and there are plenty that end up being healthier because they include fewer preservatives and all natural ingredients. The book covers a wide variety of recipes and includes foods of all types. You’ll find recipes for homemade ketchup and butter, as well as recipes for homemade veggie burgers and toaster pastries (pictured on the cover).
The book includes plenty of photos that show the process of making these foods, as well as the finished foods themselves. It’s a fun, easy book to read and it’s not hard to be inspired as you flip through the pages. You will definitely find yourself wanting to try some of the recipes right away (homemade butter is a good one to start with, if you’ve never tried it before) just for fun, and others you’ll find yourself making on a regular basis. The book also comes with great advise for storage of all the foods that it includes recipes for, so you can make them when you have time and use them when you need them.
Kurt HenningerApril 23, 2012
You know….my wife has switched to cooking alot (which I love), and the really amazing thing we’ve found out is that alot of the foods….like those suggested in the book…..when you make them, are in fact a TON healthier, and often just as tasty as the store bought ones.
I might just get that for my wifes upcoming birthday 🙂
PatsyApril 24, 2012
I’m going to add this one to my wish-list!
MeeganApril 25, 2012
Looks like a great resource!
After browsing the book, do you think it would be adaptable in Australia?
LeeApril 25, 2012
If you’re familiar with Jennifer Reese’s “Make the Bread, Buy the Butter”, how would you say Chernila’s book compares? It sounds intriguing but I don’t want to invest if there’s a lot of repetition (because really, how many pantry staples are there?). Thanks!