Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Re-Cap of the Year's Store-Bought Food Replacements

About a year ago, I made a commitment to slowly replace store-bought items with homemade versions. I've tried quite a few things.  Some have been keepers and I've been able to stick to them, and others faded quickly.

The items I've successfully replaced:

Granola bars
Lattes & coffee syrups
Marshmallows-regular & peppermint
Liquid handsoap
Refried Beans (and BBQ baked beans-make the same way and just mix with BBQ sauce at the end!)
Bagels (from Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a Day)

The items I occasionally replace (as in, maybe half the time I do it myself, the rest I buy):

Yogurt in the Crockpot
Graham crackers
Chai Tea (I prefer this in the winter, but prefer Tazo brand iced in the summer)

The items I tried to replace but weren't worth the effort:

Nutrigrain bars (I thought I blogged this, but I can't find it)
Fresh Bread (I make this for certain meals, but have not really tried to solely make my own)

My newest replacement:

Spaghetti sauce!  It's so super easy and frugal that I know this one will stick.  I hope we aren't the only family who plows through pasta sauce!  Keep your eyes open, I'll be posting this recipe later this week!

What have you replaced in this last year?  Do you prefer the homemade versions?  Do you think it's worth the effort?  Any other replacements you've found particularly helpful?


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