In my last post I discussed buying in bulk and this carries over to today's topic: making your own foods as often as possible.
Foods such as cookies, cakes, sauces, pizza shells, pizza with pizza toppings, meatloaf, lasagna, cabbage, corn, green beans, onions, pumpkin, squash, broccoli, etc. can be frozen for future use. Again, I can't emphasize enough how buying in bulk will save $$ down the road.
Visit your local farmer's markets for fresh food items. Don't hesitate to bargain shop, even at a farmer's market. The local flea market's in my area now offer fresh vegetables and fruits at great prices. Be sure to check yours.
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9. Make your own flour blends. I find this to be a great $$ saver. The Internet is flooded with recipes for flour blends. Once you begin to get comfortable with different gluten free flours and their taste, you will begin to choose which blend is best for your cooking/baking needs. Most sites recommend that you store your blend in an airtight container in the refrigerator, or in a cool, dark storage area.
Now, what do you do with them?
a) One choice is to can your food. This is a great way to store food and save money. It does take your time, but you don't have to have a huge kitchen to can, and a lot of foods can be done in a hot water bath which eliminates purchasing a pressure cooker. I keep things simple. Anything that can be done in a hot water bath gets canned. Anything else, gets frozen. But that's just me:)
This is not an area that I have much experience at just yet, but am looking forward to working with it much more this summer. It's my understanding, that just about anything can be dried and stored. Again, there are several good books on the market giving you step-by-step instructions.
11. Make your own condiments. Salad dressings, Honey-Mustard Sauce, BBQ Sauce, Tarter Sauce, etc. It is not at all hard, and you probably already have the ingredients in your cabinet. I hope to get my recipes posted on my recipe page this week, but the internet is a great resource if you need help. Be sure to check a previous post on making your own GF Vanilla and Almond Extract.
Be sure to stop back here for Part 3 this Monday!
Want to start making your own foods at home?
- "Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It: And Other Cooking Projects"
- Food Dehydrators
- "Can't Believe It's Food Storage"
Check these out!