Pantry Essentials: Condiment and Snack Recipes to Make at Home

Those convenience foods that you’re used to picking up at the grocery store? You can make an awful lot of them at home!

Our dependence on prepared foods, packaged in plastic and paperboard, is a learned habit. It didn’t happen overnight, though. It took several generations for us to shift from cooking at home almost exclusively to the ready-made versions of those same recipes. (I’m looking at you, pudding-in-a-cup!)

This collection of condiments, dips, spreads, and snack recipes to make right in your kitchen will cut your grocery bill and reduce the amount of single-use plastic that enters your home.

Cutting your dependence on these store-bought convenience items is easy! Pick one or two of my favorite condiment or snack recipes and give homemade a try.

Inspired to really revamp your pantry?

Check out my book, Off the Shelf: Homemade Alternatives to the Condiments, Toppings, and Snacks You Love!

PS: If I had to choose the place for you to start, I’d suggest making homemade mustard for the sheer ease of making it at home, but be sure to scroll down for more tasty recipes to try.

Homemade Mustard Recipe (get it here)


glass jar of milk kefir on red checked tablecloth

Make Your Own Milk Kefir at Home 2

Learn to make your own milk kefir at home! The probiotics in kefir make it a healthy addition to the diet. This recipe for making kefir at home is a winner!


Homemade Sauerkraut Recipe – Delve Into Fermentation 5

Sauerkraut is one of the easiest ferments to get started with, and the results are delicious and packed with boatloads of health benefits. Plus, it’s far superior in taste to store bought brands. This homemade sauerkraut recipe is so easy to put together. It’s a great way to delve into fermentation.


This Soft French Bread Recipe is the Perfect Match for Soup 5

This soft French bread recipe is great to pair with soup, slice for toast, or to make your favorite sandwich. Homemade bread is such a comfort food, and the aroma! This easy French bread recipe makes a lovely loaf that you’ll find yourself making again to serve with meals. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it’s a winner!


How to Make Addictive Chewy Dried Bananas — You Won’t Stop at One 8

These chewy dried bananas are a great healthy snack and dehydrating bananas couldn’t be easier. Here’s how to dehydrate bananas, transforming brown bananas into a sweet treat for your pantry or emergency supplies. Stored in an airtight container, these dehydrated bananas will keep indefinitely.

dehydrated bananas