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The Ultimate List of Homemade Pantry and Fridge Staples

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This is the second post in my series of how to make things you’d normally buy at the store. The last post was all about bread (20 Homemade Bread Recipes). This one focuses on things you’d normally have in your pantry or fridge. Homemade butter is easier than you think. Recipe calls for cream of something soup? Make a roux or a homemade version. Taco seasoning? No problem! And save those kitchen scraps to make homemade vegetable broth. Several of these recipes are vegan or gluten free, too. Have I mentioned I’m giving more serious consideration to the chickens I’ve been saying I want to get? I also plan to do a post with homemade pastas and pasta sauces.

Bonus: Also check out the Paleo Gluten-Free Guy’s 10 flavor boosters you can make while dinner is cooking.

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General Pantry Staples

This section includes items you might normally have in your pantry. There are separate sections for broths, stocks, and condensed soups as well as sauces, condiments, and seasonings. Note that some of the recipes for items that that are normally shelf-stable will need to be refrigerated – refer to each individual recipe for instructions, but when in doubt, refrigerate.

Homemade Brown Sugar
Learn how to make brown sugar in under five minutes, with only two ingredients. Make this brown sugar recipe at home, and never run out of this crucial baking ingredient again.
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Homemade Powdered Sugar
Learn how to make powdered sugar at home! Powdered sugar without cornstarch is affordable for your favorite recipes like frosting, icing, or whipped cream. You’ll never buy store-bought again!
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Powdered sugar in a bowl
Homemade Evaporated Milk in 5 Minutes
Traditional evaporated milk can take time to make with endless stirring, which can be very tiring. This quick, easy and effortless recipe for homemade evaporated milk with powdered milk will do the trick in just 5 minutes. With this method, you can make sweetened or unsweetened evaporated milk since you are in control of the sugar.
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Evaporated milk being poured from one jar to another jar
Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk
This simple recipe is so handy to make our own condensed milk at home.
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Homemade Tahini
After making your homemade tahini, you may not go back to store-bought again! It is so easy to make this vegan and gluten-free spread with only 2 ingredients!
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Spoon of tahini over a bowl of tahini
Homemade Garlic Groutons
These homemade garlic croutons are pretty much a little life hack we’re letting you in on.
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Bowl of garlic croutons

Fridge Staples

Butter, milk, jams, and refrigerated snack foods are covered in this section. If you’re looking for condiments, continue reading to the “Condiments, Sauces, and Seasonings” section of this post.

How to Make Raw or Pasteurized Butter
Making homemade butter is easier than you might think, with only two ingredients required – heavy cream and salt!
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Creamy Vegan Mayo
Rich, creamy and thick chickpea-based vegan mayo! This mayo is egg-free, cholesterol-free, soy-free, gluten-free, easy to make and so much cheaper than store-bought mayo.
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Easy Strawberry Freezer Jam
Easy strawberry freezer jam is a quick and simple four-ingredient recipe (no pectin required) that’s perfect for strawberry season. This small batch recipe makes a sweet jam that’s filled with fresh strawberry flavor.
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3 Ingredient Instant Pot Strawberry Jam
The easiest strawberry jam recipe ever! Strawberries, sugar and lemon juice is all your need for the fail proof recipe. No pectin, no cornstarch, no artificial preservative, no added color. So much better than the store-bought.
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Instant Pot Apple Butter
This Instant Pot apple sauce / apple butter recipe does not require peeling, has no added sugar and can be made in under 30 minutes! You have an amazing spread for waffles, bagels, muffins, pancakes. So skip the store-bought stuff and make your own sweet, tart butter in just a few easy steps.
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Instant Pot Greek Yogurt
Thick, creamy, Greek yogurt in your Instant Pot. Easy, delicious, and way better than store-bought yogurt!
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2 Ingredient No Boil Instant Pot Homemade Yogurt
Save money by making Homemade yogurt at less than half the cost of store bought. It tastes amazing, fresh, and you will know exactly what is in yours – no more reading labels. All you need is Just 2 ingredients and just 2 steps.
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Yogurt in a jar next to an Instant Pot
5-Minute Oil-Free Hummus
The smoothest hummus that you can imagine. You only need basic, whole food ingredients AND FIVE MINUTES to make the best oil-free hummus ever. Once, you taste it, you will make it over and over and over and over.
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Navy Bean Hummus
Easy and delicious homemade hummus with navy beans and tahini.
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Easy Homemade Applesauce
This homemade applesauce is made with just 5 simple ingredients and is ready in just over 30 minutes. Enjoy this easy and delicious Homemade Applesauce as a simple snack, healthy dessert, or alongside more savory dishes
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How to Make Cashew Milk
If you need non-dairy milk to make at home, cashew milk is one of the easiest.
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Homemade Buttermilk in 5 Minutes {4 Methods}
Many recipes nowadays use buttermilk. But often there is none at home. This simple, easy method will enable you to make homemade buttermilk in just five minutes. And it can be used in any recipe that calls for buttermilk. This post includes two other methods to make cultured buttermilk from scratch, which takes about 8 to 12 hours.
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Homemade Cinnamon Almond Butter
Learn how easy it is to make delicious homemade cinnamon almond butter. This healthy snack only tastes sinful but is Whole30, paleo, and keto-friendly.
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Stocks, Broths, & Condensed Soups

Homemade Vegetable Stock from Kitchen Scraps
Making vegetable broth at home is easy to make in the slow cooker and costs almost nothing if you use vegetable scraps from previous meals.
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Vegetable stock in a jar
Easy Chicken Stock From Scratch
Use up leftovers and ends and pieces of vegetables to make this incredible stock!
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Chicken stock in a jar next to celery and carrots
Beef Bone Broth in 5 Easy Steps
Make one pot of Beef Bone Broth and it will last all week! There’s so much you can do with broth. Use it for soups, sauces, braising meat, and more.
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Jars of beef bone broth
Cream of Chicken Soup {Homemade Alternative to Condensed Soup}
Make this quick recipe in place of a can of cream of chicken soup the next time you need it for a healthier alternative to condensed soup.
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Cream of chicken soup in a crock
Vegan Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
This recipe yields the equivalent of one 10.75-ounce can of condensed cream of mushroom soup and it’s ready to go in about 10 minutes!
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White Roux
This white roux is a staple in most Southern cooking. Used as a flavorful way to thicken sauces and gravy it is also a very versatile tool. Here we will show you how easy and delicious it is.
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Condiments, Sauces, & Seasonings

This section includes condiments (ketchup, ranch dressing, etc.), sauces (buffalo sauce, tikka masala, etc.), and homemade seasonings (taco seasoning, chili seasoning, etc.)

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch
This homemade buttermilk ranch dressing will become your new easy go-to dipping sauce and ranch dressing for salads, french fries, and chicken!
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Ranch dressing in a jar
French Salad Dressing
Tasty and tangy French salad dressing that’s made in two steps with regular pantry ingredients.
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Quick Homemade Tomato Ketchup
Make this tasty homemade tomato ketchup recipe in only 15 minutes with pantry ingredients!
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Ketchup in a short jar with a spoon
Teriyaki Sauce
Teriyaki sauce is such a worldwide popular Japanese sauce because it can make nearly anything taste super delicious and it can be used to flavor so many different dishes! It goes well with fish, beef, chicken, noodles, rice, and even burgers.
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Teriyaki sauce being ladled into a jar
Honey Mustard Sauce
How to make honey mustard sauce, so tasty I could drink this stuff! A delicious homemade creamy honey mustard recipe made with mayo, honey, mustard, sour cream and spices.
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Dish of honey mustard sauce next to chicken tenders
Chipotle Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce
Sweet with a smoky, spicy heat, this homemade chipotle brown sugar barbecue sauce is so good, you can use it on virtually anything!
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Buffalo Sauce
This buffalo sauce/wing sauce is simply the best and easy version of buffalo wings sauce, with the right flavors and consistency makes it truly delicious.
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Buffalo sauce in a bowl
Homemade Steak Sauce
This tangy homemade steak sauce is ready in just 15 minutes and is made with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry and fridge.
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Steak sauce in a jar
No Horseradish Cocktail Sauce
A zingy cocktail sauce you can make without horseradish in a pinch
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Cocktail sauce in a bowl
Homemade Peanut Butter (4 Ingredients)
Homemade peanut butter needs just minutes to make and a few ingredients. Once you make this easy recipe at home, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been making it yourself all along!
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Peanut butter on wheat bread next to a bowl of peanuts
Homemade Nutella (Chocolate Hazelnut Spread)
The only thing better than a creamy, dreamy dollop of Nutella on literally anything, is this homemade Nutella recipe! Spread over toast, dipped on strawberries or even spread over Banana Bread, it’s the perfect topper!
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Chocolate hazelnut spread in a jar next to strawberries
Lemon-Dill Aioli Sauce
This amazing lemon-dill aioli sauce is smooth and creamy with a pronounced dill flavor that is the perfect accompaniment for fish.
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Tikka Masala Sauce {Instant Pot or Stove}
An authentic Tikka Masala Sauce recipe that is smooth, creamy and ready in under 30 minutes! This popular Indian sauce acts as the base for chicken, paneer, vegetables, seafood or chickpeas. Make restaurant-quality tikka masala right at home in the Instant Pot or on the Stove!
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Slow Cooker Enchilada Sauce
This smoky slow cooker enchilada sauce is so full of flavor (and such a snap to make!!) that you may never buy canned sauce again.
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Enchilada sauce in a slowc cooker with a wooden spoon
Homemade Taco Seasoning
Making homemade taco seasoning is easy and can save money versus buying store-bought every time.
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Bowl of taco seasoning
BBQ Dry Rub
It's easy to make your own BBQ dry rub with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
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BBQ Dry Rub
Homemade Chili Seasoning
Homemade chili seasoning is easy to make. You know exactly what goes into the mix and can control how spicy or salty it is. It also is a fraction of a cost of prepackaged mixes.
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Cajun Seasoning Mix
This cajun seasoning mix is the perfect all-purpose dry rub, the spice level is moderate with just a bit of bite and it finishes off with a slightly sweet smokiness.
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