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30 Foods You'll Never Have To Buy Again

Cut your grocery list in half by making delicious, healthy versions of your favorite foods at home.

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8. All you need to make awesome peanut butter is peanuts, salt, and a food processor.

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Skip all the hydrogenated oils (which are really bad for you!) and added sugar you get with commercial brands. You can also customize the basic recipe with your favorite kind of nuts and add-ins.

11. Real whipped cream is so much creamier than the gummy canned stuff.

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Required: cream, bowl, whisk, arm (or cream + electric mixer). Add a little sugar and vanilla before you start beating, and make sure you stop just around the soft-peaks stage, or the cream can get overwhipped and turn clumpy/weird.

15. The best pesto is the freshest — i.e. the kind you make yourself.

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Or freeze for future joy. Here's a good basic recipe for classic basil pesto, but go wild experimenting with different nuts, cheeses, and greens (like spinach).

16. Make your own pancake "mix" by measuring multiple batches of dry ingredients ahead of time.

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Then you can package the mix in airtight containers and label with the amount of eggs, milk, etc., you'll need to add when you're ready to make the pancakes. Bisquick can be magical, but it's no match for the real deal. Here's a recipe for our favorite basic buttermilk cakes.

17. Fresh homemade guacamole is way better than the shrink-wrapped stuff.

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And so easy to make that you have no excuse not to. Avocados, lime, cilantro, and plenty of salt are the only ingredients required; add tomatoes, garlic, and chiles if you feel fancy. Recipe here.

18. DIY breadcrumbs are a delicious way to upcycle old, stale bread.

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There are lots of ways to make them; you can use a food processor or a regular old box grater. Or get extra clever and crumbify stale bread with the grater attachment ON your food processor.

21. Once you learn to make stock, it will become your secret kitchen weapon.

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The stock you use can be seriously make-or-break for a ton of sauces, casseroles, soups, and other recipes. Investing a little time to make your own (and freeze extra for later) will pay you back and then some.

Click here for instructions on how to make a good turkey (or chicken) stock or try this recipe for a basic vegetable stock.

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