I do a ton from scratch. Stock, both veg and meat, plus all the usual. I tried bread but even after many many many tries it never came out as good as the artisan bread I can buy. My stock is delish so I compromise on the bread.
Any really good ideas for made from scratch you do?
I'm not sure if I do everything completely from scratch. I haven't made bread in awhile, but I do like it when I make it. I don't make pasta from scratch either, although I'm tempted to try it. I do like making stock from scratch, however.
I need a good recipe for refried beans, though, because I like making bean burritos, but I don't seem to ever do the same thing twice, and it would be nice to have something good.
I would like to make pasta, but I don't have the right equipment. I enjoyed making it as a child.
Hmm. Regularly? Chicken stock, bread (including pizza bases, raisin bread, burger buns, foccacia, fougasse, you name it), gravy, custard, sauerkraut, pastry (including puff pastry) and sponge cake for any purpose (ie, even if it's for a trifle.) I usually cook my own dried beans or lentils rather than using canned. I make my own pizza sauce, but it has tomato paste in it - does that count? Oh, and I make my own ice cream - haven't bought ice cream in years! With an ice cream maker and a good recipe, the homemade stuff is so much better. Well, better than the cheap stuff we were previously buying, at any rate. :p
In the past I've made jelly from scratch; I've also occasionally, experimentally dabbled with cream cheese, jam, fresh pasta, butter and ginger beer, but I have no intention of taking those up on a regular basis. :p I make my own basil pesto when I have enough fresh basil, but I'm a terrible gardener so that's rare!
I do buy won ton wrappers and peanut butter (the homogenised, commercial stuff, even - I mostly use it in baking, and the 'natural'-type stuff doesn't work so well for that). Also ravioli on rare occasions (DH doesn't like it.) I also keep custard powder on hand, but NOT for custard - just for one specific cupcake recipe I have. :p And oddly enough, I'm snobbish about boiling up my own sweetened condensed milk into dulce de leche rather than buying the pre-caramelised stuff, but I have zero desire to make the sweetened condensed milk itself in the first place. Though come to think of it, maybe that's all because the only brand of pre-caramelised stuff you can get here is Nestle, which I boycott?
Anyway, don't let it cause you angst. Making stuff from scratch is great if you have the time and inclination, but it's not worth stressing yourself out over. I *could* learn to master non-rubbery jam and have the warm glow of a pantry of well-filled shelves with gingham squares on the jars... but ehh. I don't really want to, it'd almost certainly cost more than buying jam, and it's really easy to find commercial jam that's additive-free and as low-sugar as your average homemade recipe. So I don't let it make me feel like a Bad Mother. Ditto buying cans of chopped tomatoes and sweetcorn. And Bundaberg, which not only won't explode in your garage, but doesn't taste like dishwater...
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