What You Won’t See Me Buying at the Grocery Store Anymore

After sitting down and writing out a list of all the homemade items I’ve made instead of buying at the store, I was pretty amazed.  Not counting special baked items like cakes and muffins, the list includes the basic bread and dairy items as well as cleaners typically purchased every month for the family.  There are so many other ideas and recipes out there that I can’t wait to try!  In just the one month that I’ve been really trying to make more things from scratch at home, I’ve seen a definite change in my grocery expenditures. 

  • Yogurt
  • Keifer
  • Sour Cream
  • Buttermilk
  • Ricotta
  • Cream Cheese
  • Sandwich Bread
  • Hamburger Buns
  • Hot Dog Buns
  • Bagels
  • Tortillas
  • Crescent Rolls
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Chili Sauce
  • Salsa
  • Jelly
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Laundry Softener
  • Dish Soap
  • Kitchen/Bathroom Sanitizer

 Here’s the recipe for the homemade ricotta….

Fresh Ricotta in Five Minutes or Less – by seriouseats.com


  • 2 C. whole milk
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 T. distilled white vinegar or lemon juice

DIRECTIONS:  Line colander with 4 layers of cheesecloth or 2 layers of food-safe paper towels and set over large bowl. Combine milk, salt, and vinegar or lemon juice in microwave-safe glass 1-quart liquid measure.  Microwave on high heat until lightly bubbling around edges, 2-4 minutes (milk should register about 165ºF on an instant-read thermometer).  Remove from microwave, and stir gently for 5 seconds.  Milk should separate into solid white curds and translucent liquid whey.  If not, microwave for 30 seconds longer.  Repeat until fully separated.  Using slotted spoon or wire skimmer, transfer curds to prepared colander, cover exposed top with plastic wrap, and allow to drain until desired texture is reached.  Store in covered container in refrigerator for up to 5 days.


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