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.

Canning Plums (Water Bath Recipe)

Canning plums fresh from the orchard preserves the flavor so you can enjoy it all year round. This is an easy recipe for beginning canners!

Easy Green Onion Dip Recipe

Made from fresh ingredients, this green onion dip recipe is a healthier stand-in than store-bought flavor packets. Mix up a batch and serve it with fresh veggies or your favorite chip for your next football party or holiday appetizer buffet.

How to Dry Green Onions

Keep the flavor of scallions at your fingertips when you start drying green onions. It’s a great way to preserve them and eliminate waste.

Homemade Almond Granola Recipe

Here’s how to make granola at home for a breakfast. This almond granola is a budget friendly alternative to boxed cereal, and so delicious!

Fermented Beet Sauerkraut

Beet sauerkraut with red cabbage is an easy recipe to ferment and it’s so good for you. Here’s how to make it at home with garden fresh produce.