DIY Pantry

If you’re ready to begin stocking your kitchen shelves with homemade versions of your favorite store-bought go-tos, you’re in the right place! So many of our favorite staple foods can be made at home with just a few simple ingredients. 

You can see all of my DIY pantry recipes here, but take a minute to discover some of my (and my readers!) favorite tips and tricks below. 

jar of yellow dressing with lemon half.

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 here to help you start cooking at home from scratch! 

Learning to make condiments, dips, spreads, and snack recipes from scratch will cut your grocery bill and reduce the amount of single-use plastic that enters your home.

Bar none, the easiest and most surprising pantry staple you can make at home is mustard. But there are plenty of other contenders! From sweet syrups to homemade crackers, salad dressing to pickles, you can make some of this stuff at home. 

And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention bread baking as part of a homemade pantry! Homemade bread requires just a few pantry staples to create a delicious and fragrant loaf that puts supermarket bread to shame.

swing top jar with mustard.


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About the author: Kris Bordessa, National Geographic author Kris Bordessa is an award-winning National Geographic author and a certified Master Food Preserver. Read more about Kris and how she got started with this site here. If you want to send Kris a quick message, you can get in touch here.