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11 Grocery Store Items You Could Be Making at Home

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It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.

Today: With eleven easy DIY recipes, you can make headway on your ever-growing grocery list, right from the comfort of your kitchen.

Basil Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Unless you've just survived the Trader Joe's checkout line at 8:30 PM on a Sunday, do not expect to be congratulated on your trip to the grocery store. Unlike your parents and your parents' parents -- those brave souls who harnessed the dinosaurs and rode them to the spice bazaar -- it's easy for you to zip to the supermarket and pick up everything you need. 

But if you're in that mid-summer slump and looking for a reason to self-congratulate, try making a few of the items that normally end up on your ever-growing grocery list from scratch. Not only will the homemade versions save you money, but they'll taste better and be better for you, too.

More: Goodbye, Hidden Valley -- make your own Basil Buttermilk Ranch Dressing at home.

We know that at this time of year, you'd rather be in the pool than the kitchen, so we've gathered our most hands-off DIY recipes. You'll still feel the thrill of having accomplished something, and you can even add your own fancy labels

Pickled Ginger by molly yeh

Pickled Ginger


Sweetened Condensed Milk by stephanie le

Sweetened Condensed Milk


Barbecue Sauce by PhoebeLapine

Barbecue Sauce


Chocolate Syrup by Cara Eisenpress

Chocolate Syrup


Peanut Sauce by PhoebeLapine

Peanut Sauce


Pizza Dough by amber wilson | for the love of the south

Pizza Dough


Homemade Nutella by Carey Nershi

Homemade Nutella


Curry Paste by petitbleu

Curry Paste


Vanilla and Lavender Extracts by Trisha Jones

Vanilla and Lavender Extracts


French Onion Dip by Sarah Coates

French Onion diP


Coconut Milk by Tieghan

What are your favorite grocery store staples to DIY? Tell us in the comments below!

Tags: how-to & DIY, small batch, homemade, from scratch, DIY, coconut milk, curry paste, pickled ginger, syrup, condiments, sauces

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