1. Corn tortillas - They’re so much yummier when you can eat them freshly made!
  2. Pumpkin Puree - Perfect for this time of year!
  3.  Pop corn - It’s a great cheap and healthy snack!
  4. Applesauce - I like using up mealy or bruised apples this way.
  5. Ice coffee - We all know how much cheaper this is than buying it from fancy coffee shops!
  6. Spaghetti/Pizza sauce- I like how I can control the sweetness in homemade sauce, some of the store-bought ones are so sweet!


  7. French Fries- With just a little bit of olive oil and baked in the oven, these fries are a healthy alternative to the frozen variety.
  8. Granola - There’s so many granola recipes out there, but here’s just one recipe.
  9. Energy bars – aka Cameron’s Peanut Butter Power Pucks, they’re reminiscent to Cliff Bars.
  10. Frozen Pizza - It sure is nice having a meal ready to go in the freezer!
  11. Salad dressing - This is one of my favorites.
  12. Chicken broth & shredded chicken - Both great staples for many meals!
  13. Bread crumbs - Why buy them, when you can make them out of old bread and crackers?
  14. Whole Wheat bread - This is a great recipe from my mother-in-law!
  15. Beans - I love having various beans in the freezer, it’s cheaper than buying canned beans.


Even though I have made all of the above from scratch, I honestly don’t make them all of the time. I can’t even remember the last time I made a batch of whole wheat bread! I’m trying to slowly, but surely try more and more scratch recipes. Maybe sometime I can add even more recipes, like mayonnaise, english muffins, pasta and home canning!

This post is linked at Good Cheap Eats for Kitchen Tip Tuesday!

3 Responses to “15 Things to Make from Scratch”

  1. Isn’t lovely being able to make things from scratch? :) I love it, and I’m always looking for new things to make from scratch. I bake bread, dinner rolls, cinnamon buns, cookies, tortillas, cakes, cook sauces, lasagnas, Indian, chinese, and preferably make everything in big batches so that I can freeze down a lot. And I make my own latte everyday, which tastes fabulously! It’s lovely to feel so productive while saving a lot of money.

  2. I whole heartedly agree with each one of the items you listed. I do all of them except the tortillas. I need to get better at making them but I have a hard time with them. I don’t have a press which is probably part of the issue. I’ll just have to keep trying. ;)

  3. Tks for the great tips and recipes. I have a great sauce recipe. One for pizza and then one that takes a bit longer that you may store in glass jars and freeze. Waiting for my tomatoes to blossom, then I’ll be making tomato sauce once a week.
    Happy summer.

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