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7 Budget-Friendly Weekend Kitchen Projects

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Cooking on the cheap shouldn't mean minute rice and buttered pasta every night. With a little creativity and a little planning, Gabriella Paiella shows us how to make the most of a tight budget -- without sacrificing flavor or variety. 

Today: Fill your weekends with projects that'll keep your kitchen stocked all week long. 

You know those people who take pleasure in spending hours at a time crafting something beautiful or creating gorgeous, intricate desserts? I'm not one of them. I have a short attention span and a profound inability to be patient, which means that spending all day in my kitchen isn't usually in the cards.

But it's winter, and the potential for cheap activities has decreased dramatically -- no more picnics, or free outdoor shows, or days at the beach. So here's a round up of projects to take on that'll keep your weekends busy, and your kitchen fully stocked during the week. Win-win, even for the most DIY-averse of us.

Make your own:

Bread: Because you need to carb-load for all the TV you'll be watching.

Pesto: Because it'll make everything you eat feel just a little bit fancier. 

Nut Butters:
Because you're so not about to spend $16 on a jar of almond butter.  


Chicken or Vegetable Stock: Because having soup broth on hand is one of the keys to having a fully grown-up kitchen. 


Salad Dressing: Because it'll making eating lunch at your desk less sad.

Green Goddess Dressing on Food52

Sriracha: Because you would literally eat your own hand if you put enough Sriracha on it.

Nutella: Seriously? This one should be obvious.

Tell us: What are your favorite weekend DIY food projects?

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Tags: DIY Food, How-To & Diy, My Broke Kitchen