7 Budget-Friendly Weekend Cooking Projects

DIY + delicious eats + extra money in your wallet.

1. Easiest No-Knead Bread

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No kneading, and all the sandwiches and toast you could ever want. Get ready to carb load.

Makes 2 loaves

INGREDIENTS
3 1/4 cups bread flour
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons instant or active dry yeast
1 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
3 cups water

PREPARATION
1. Combine flours, yeast, and salt in a large bowl. Add water and stir together with a wooden spoon to form a shaggy dough. Cover with plastic wrap or a tea towel and let proof at room temperature for around 5 hours. At this point the dough can be used immediately, or covered with plastic wrap and kept in the fridge for up to two weeks.

2. On baking day, remove half of the dough from the bowl and return the remainder to the fridge. Turn the dough out on a floured surface and lightly knead 3–4 times. Shape dough into a rectangle approximately 8 in. x 12 in. Fold one third of the dough into the center, followed by the other third.

3. Place seam side-down in a buttered loaf pan. Cover and let rise for approximately 1 hour, or until the dough has doubled in size.

4. Preheat your oven to 450°. Dust the top of the dough with a little flour and score with a serrated knife. Bake for 30–35 minutes, or until the top of the loaf has just begun to brown. Let cool for at least an hour before slicing.

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2. Homemade Nutella

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Yes. Dreams do come true. Get the recipe on Food52.

3. Pesto

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Make everything you eat seem a little bit fancier. Get the recipe on Food52.

4. DIY Nut Butters

Yea, we aren’t trying to spend $16 on a jar of almond butter either. Get the recipe on Food52.

5. A Big Batch of Salad Dressing

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Cheer up your sad desk lunch. Get the recipe on Food52.

6. Homemade Sriracha

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Because you would literally eat your own hand if you put enough Sriracha on it. Get the recipe on Food52.

7. Homemade Stock

Having homemade chicken or vegetable stock on hand will change the way you do winter, guaranteed. Learn how on Food52.

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