One way I’ve learned to save money in the kitchen is to make some of the recipe ingredients and condiments I need myself.
You don’t have to buy things like taco seasoning, buttermilk and spreadable butter already made because chances are you already have the what you need in your kitchen to make them.
For instance, I make my own spreadable butterwhen I want some. I always have cooking oil in my pantry and butter in the refrigerator. That’s all it takes to make your own spreadable butter. You just soften a stick of butter and blend it with 1/2 cup of canola or olive oil in a blender or food processor.
It’s a little thin to begin with but once you put it in the fridge it becomes perfectly spreadable.
I also make my own buttermilk for recipes. Have you priced buttermilk lately? It’s expensive, especially if you don’t use a lot of it. So, I add 1 T. of vinegar to 1 cup of milk and let it sit for a few minutes. Voila! You have buttermilk for your recipe.
So the next time you need an ingredient for a recipe or condiment to add to a meal, take a look around your kitchen and see if you can make it yourself.
And since we’re talking food, here’s what we’ll be eating this week. I defrosted my freezer last week and will be doing some freezer cooking this week to fill it back up. I normally don’t do this much baking in a week. I found large cans of pumpkin on sale at Publix recently for .99 cents each so will be using some of that for this month’s baking.