Learn to make your own pantry staples at home! Stop wasting money at the store on items you can easily make yourself. Make yours a Homemade Pantry.
After you’ve read this, be sure to check out the Homestead Kitchen section of our book, The Do It Yourself Homestead. The Homemade Pantry is actually one of our many recommended resources. For a sample of that chapter, just shoot me an email through the site. I may even throw in a little gift. Click below to simply learn more about the book:
My Homemade Pantry
I think the first thing I learned to make from scratch was homemade bread. So worth it!
Then I moved on to items like butter, powdered sugar and even sour cream. Along the way, I needed mentors like Alana Chernila, author of The Homemade Pantry. This book has a special place on my kitchen shelves as I’m still perfecting homemade pantry skills.
The Homemade Pantry
So, the book is The Homemade Pantry; 101 foods you can stop buying and start making, by Alana Chernila. Does anyone else like to read cookbooks, or is it just me?
First of all, this was a nice, cozy kitchen read. The graphics are lovely – artistic, warm, inviting, tasty. My love for quality graphics in a book, no doubt, comes from my deeply artistic side that responds to the beauty of these wholesome, organic creations. Ha – I’m really just visually shallow and I like purty stuff.
The writing is quality, too; this is as much a work of prose as it is a cookbook. The book touches on recipes for dairy products (including home cheese production), breakfasts, condiments, soups, baking, sauces, pasta, breads, drinks, sweets, frozen and canned foods, crackers and other miscellany.
The Healthier Homemade Pantry
The recipes in this book are relatively healthy, certainly by most standards. This would be a great book for people who are transitioning from the standard American diet to a more whole, nutrient dense diet.
For those who have made that transition, it wouldn’t be too hard to make these recipes even healthier. The one exception would be the grain recipes. To make grains healthier you have to ferment them in some way, either by soaking or adding sourdough culture. OR, you could use sprouted flour for these recipes.
All in all, this is a high quality book and certainly worth a looksy if your library carries it. Or, you could just save yourself some time and just purchase a copy of The Homemade Pantry. If you’re looking to healthify your kitchen, let Ms. Chernila help you learn how in easy steps with The Homemade Pantry. If you want even more kitchen inspiration, try her newest book The Homemade Kitchen.