17 Homemade Ingredients To Make Now & Enjoy All Year Long

January  1, 2018

Sure, you can start kitchen projects any time of year. But there’s something about January 1st that makes from-scratch baking and cooking feel especially aspirational—and manageable. Maybe it’s the optimism of resolutions, the chilly weather that pushes us indoors, or just the extra time of a three-day weekend. You can envision a life filled with homemade butter, DIY stock, and fresh pasta. Whatever the reason, we’re happy to give some DIY inspiration with one of these 17 edible kitchen projects.

Whip & Churn

Brew & Press

Simmer & Soak

Knead & Roll

What are your favorite ingredients to make from scratch? Share your projects in the comments below!

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Nanette January 4, 2019
I love to take my leftover mushroom stalks and put them in my dehydrator. Then when they are totally dry, I put them in my trusty old, what used to be, coffee grinder and powder them on a pulse. this powder is great for adding extra umami flavor to whatever food you want to enhance with that mushroom flavor...and no waste! I have also powdered fresh strawberries this way and made the most amazing butter cream frosting and/or cream cheese! The inspiration is food infinite! I hope you try this!
Nanette January 4, 2019
I love to take my summer rosemary, basil, thyme, and marjoram and make salt with them. I use my favorite salt...medium course and I water rinse and hang my herbs to gently dry...not brittle, but still dry and pliable from their natural oils. I use an old electric coffee bean grinder and strip the herbs leaves from their thick stems. I then place a bit of salt in with the leaves and pulse grind to my preferred courseness. I then add my ground herb to my salt and store it in a wooden salt box. I then have my different herb salts to add to soups and stews and meats!
Analida B. January 1, 2018
I grow heaps of rosemary all summer and make rosemary simple syrup for cocktails! I love the flavors it brings like this grapefruit mojito!