You would not believe how easy it is to make your own foods from scratch. Things that you buy at the store and assume would be very complicated to make at home are not. The advantages to doing it yourself include being able to control the ingredients, the process, the cleanliness, and also you will know how old the food is.
Thinking as I do that there is no advantage to something being ‘Low fat’, I find that making things like butter, yogurt, and mayonnaise myself produce a superior product for a reasonable cost. The things I make won’t last six months on the shelf, but is that really an advantage? I think that a product that can support life, even if it is bacteria that I don’t want in there is probably something that my body can also use more easily. My yogurt may not be fat free, since I use whole milk, but it has the advantage of having live culture, no sugar and its born on date is today!
Just about everything you might want to make for yourself you can watch people making on youtube videos. I have found many things to make that way. I got a great book, called, “Make the bread, buy the butter” and there are tons of humorous stories there about what is or is not less time or expense to make yourself.
Off the top of my head, this is the list of things I make for myself…mayonnaise, ranch salad dressing, russian salad dressing, kombucha, ginger ale, butter, sunflower butter, peanut butter, almond milk, coconut milk, coconut butter, coconut flour, almond meal, wine vinegar, both red and white, sauerkraut, pickles, muesli cereal, corned beef, and Canadian bacon.
Mayonnaise is just one egg yolk, one cup of clear oil, some mustard and some lemon juice. The art is in the mixing. Ranch dressing is just one cup of maynnaise and one cup of buttermilk. Yogurt is just a quart of milk and a tablespoon of the last batch of yogurt, leave it out for four hours. If you have a food processor, coconut butter is just shredded coconut in the food processor for two or three minutes.
Instead of watching TV until you fall asleep, make one of these foods for yourself. You will be amazed at how great it takes, and will knock yourself on the head for not doing it sooner. I plan on branching into my own sausages this year, and making my own flour, so that I can start eating bread again.
I’m really enjoying going back to making my own and already realise how much I save just from my kambucha and kefir brewing and now I make yoghurt and soft cheese from kefir too. I’ve been growing my own sprouting seeds and herbs and mayonnaise is next on my list. You are so right, we just got lazy down the road.