7 Foods To Make From Scratch (And Will Save You Money!)

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7 Foods To Make From Scratch (And Will Save You Money!)

There are certain foods you can make at home way cheaper than buying pre-prepared from the Supermarket.

We appreciate that not everyone has the time to make food from scratch (and that’s okay) – but if you are serious about saving lots of cash – making these items will certainly put the change back in your pocket!

Plus all food made with love at home always tastes a whole lot better!  

Here are 7 Foods to make from scratch (and will save you money).

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1. Hummus

Hummus used to be this foreign, strange food that was only found in Middle-Eastern restaurants.  But today – hummus is widely eaten – by everyone – and it is so delicious and good for you – and easy to make from scratch at home, especially if you have a food processor.

Although Hummus from the supermarket isn’t particularly expensive – you can still expect to pay about $4 for a good quality tub of hummus. Our basic recipe will only cost you 1.80c (depending on the price of the Avocado’s!)! So that’s a big saving if you eat a lot of it at home.

Here are a couple of different Hummus recipes to try at home:

How to Make Traditional Chickpea HummusTraditional Chickpea Hummus

I used to work in the kebab shop in the Fremantle Markets years and years ago – and this is the recipe they used! It was so damn delicious!
Spicy Avocado HummusSpicy Avocado Hummus

A spicy version of Hummus using Avocados and Tabasco Sauce!
Roasted Garlic Hummus | The Chunky Chef | Creamy, rich hummus with a deep, slightly sweet roasted garlic flavor. Whip it up in the food processor and enjoy it with some crispy pita chips or naan!Roasted Garlic Hummus

Recipe by The Chunky Chef
20 Yummy Hummus Recipes That You Must Try NowBeetroot Hummus

Something colourful for the school lunch box!

2. Muesli Bars

Sure, you can buy relatively cheap muesli bars from the supermarket – but they are full of sugar and fat and aren’t really good for kids. At least when you make them at home, you know what’s really in them! The good quality Muesli Bars cost upwards of $6 for a box – that’s insane! And if you have more than one child at school, that will add up really fast!

The best thing about making muesli bars at home is that you can use what you have on hand. I like to use the ‘leftover cereal’ that’s always left at the bottom of the bag and pop them into my recipes. No waste!

Crunchy Gluten Free Muesli BarsCrunchy Gluten Free Muesli Bars

With coconut, pumpkin seeds and apple juice, these are scrumptious!
How to Make Homemade Muesli BarsHomemade Basic Muesli Bars

You can leave out the naughty bits of this recipe – but they are a good treat!
Rich Coconutty Leftover Cereal BarsRich Coconutty Leftover Cereal Bars

3. Stock

Stock is really easy to make at home – and tastes amazing! Every time we have a roast (even a takeaway chook from Woollies) – we always keep the bones and pop them in the freezer with all the leftover veggie stubs. Whack them all the slow cooker with some water and a few hours – and you have delicious stock that apart from the electricity to run the slow cooker – costs you nothing!

Cost saving: $4 per litre

Then you can freeze it for whenever you need it!

Here are a couple of basic stock recipes to try:

How to Make Vegetable Stock In The Slow CookerHow to Make Vegetable Stock in the Slow Cooker
How to Make Beef StockHow to Make Beef Stock
Homemade Chicken StockHomemade Chicken Stock

4. Gluten-Free Bread

Oh My God – have you seen the price of Gluten-Free Bread? It is insanity! I have honestly paid up to $10 a loaf for a good quality (and decent tasting) Gluten-Free Bread (the ‘Seed’ brand of gluten-free bread is just delicious!).

So you can make significant savings by using a bread maker and making your own gluten-free bread as you need it at home.

Here are a couple of gluten-free bread recipes to try!

a close up of the inside of a loaf of gluten free bread on a cutting boardGluten-Free Bread Recipe for an Oven or Bread Machine

Recipe by Gluten-Free Palate
Slicing into a loaf of our gluten-free bread recipeThe BEST Gluten-Free Bread (with No Knead)

Recipe by The Minimalist Baker
gluten free artisan bread on rack | gfJulesGluten-Free Artisan Bread Recipe

Recipe by GF Jules.com
Picture the gluten free sandwich bread you've been missing in your life, and know that the wait is over. It's that simple.Easy Gluten Free White Sandwich Bread Recipe

Recipe by Gluten Free on a Shoestring

5. Yoghurt

You can make yoghurt at home with only three very simple ingredients! Then you can add any flavourings you like, I like to add any stewed fruit that is never going to eaten from my fruit basket. Stewed apple is a favourite (with a bit of cinnamon).

We even have a vegan dairy-free yogurt recipe to try! Now that’s expensive to buy from the supermarket!

Plus – if you make your own Yoghurt home, you can then use that yogurt to make a delicious homemade cheese such as Labna!

Homemade YoghurtEasy Homemade Yoghurt
Tofu YoghurtTofu Yoghurt
How to Make Yoghurt in the Slow CookerHow to Make Yoghurt in the Slow Cooker

6. Shredded Chicken

Last time I purchased shredded chicken from the deli it was about $25 per kilogram! Now – I just make my own at home!

You can pick up a whole chicken (uncooked) from as little as $5 for a little one. Pop it in the oven for an hour – then shred it – and you have shredded chicken that can then be frozen and used as you need it. I love using it for easy nacho’s, on sandwiches for school lunches or on top of a salad!

Homemade shredded chicken can taste a little bland, just make sure you season it well!

How to Cook a Whole Chicken | Stay at Home Mum

7. Pizza Bases

My recipe for gourmet pizza dough may take a while – but you can make it in bulk and freeze it so you have delicious gourmet pizza whenever you like!

Find our recipe here

For a pizza base like this – purchased from the supermarket, expect to pay about $6 per pizza base. Ours is merely cents!

Gourmet Pizza Dough Recipe

These are just a few foods that will save you money if you make them from scratch!

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