Cooking Tips + Kitchen Tips Cooking from Scratch: 12 Recipes to Try this Weekend

Published on October 10th, 2014 | by Becky Striepe


Cooking from Scratch: 12 Fun From-Scratch Recipes to Make this Weekend

Cooking from Scratch: 12 Recipes to Try this Weekend

Cooking from scratch might seem a bit daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Our list of from-scratch recipes is a nice mix of simple recipes and more complex ones. Enjoy!

Of course, cooking from scratch is about more than just spending time in the kitchen. These from-scratch recipes replace store-bought versions and all of the additives and wasteful packaging that comes along with buying premade convenience foods. You don’t have to commit to cooking from scratch all the time. Just choose a few recipes that look good to you. You can always take on more later, when you feel more comfortable cooking from scratch.

How to Make Pumpkin Puree from Scratch

1. Pumpkin Puree – Canned pumpkin is a fall staple, but you can save money and avoid toxic BPA by making your own pumpkin puree from scratch.

Making Tofu from Scratch

2. Tofu – A lot of folks think that tofu is a processed food, but you can make it from scratch at home. Pro tip: you can skip a bunch of steps by using store-bought soy milk in this homemade tofu recipe. You just need to find one that contains no additives. It must be just soybeans and water.

Cooking from Scratch: Mustard

3. Mustard – Once you see how easy it is to make your own mustard, you might never go back to the pre-made stuff.

Cooking from Scratch: Tomato Sauce

4. Tomato Sauce – Homemade tomato sauce is the kind of cooking from scratch that anyone can do. Use those late-season tomatoes in this delicious recipe!

Cooking from Scratch: Baby Food

5. Baby Food – Premade jars and pouches of baby food are convenient, but holy moly are they expensive! Cook your own baby food from scratch instead. You can make big batches and freeze, so you’re not over the stove constantly.

Cooking from Scratch: Crock Pot Applesauce

6. Applesauce – Have you gone apple picking yet this fall? I tend to overdo it when we visit an orchard, and this from-scratch applesauce uses up tons of apples. It’s also free from added sugar.

Cooking from Scratch: Cranberry Sauce

7. Cranberry Sauce – I know, cranberry sauce is more of a Thanksgiving recipe, but who says you can’t enjoy this yummy sauce all fall long? Make yours from scratch for a healthier, BPA free treat.

Cooking from Scratch: Drop Biscuits

8. Biscuits – Cooking from-scratch biscuits doesn’t have to involve lots of kneading and rising. Meet your new favorite side dish: olive oil drop biscuits.

Cooking from Scratch: Coconut Butter

9. Coconut Butter – Think of coconut butter is to coconut oil what peanut butter is to peanut oil. It’s to die for, y’all. And you can make it from scratch using shredded, dried, unsweetened coconut.

Cooking from Scratch: Peanut Butter

10. Peanut Butter – Skip the store-bought stuff made with palm oil and added salt and sugar. Check out how to make peanut butter from scratch.

Cooking from Scratch: Socca

11. Socca – If you haven’t tried this delicious chickpea flour pancake, you are in for a treat!

Cooking from Scratch: Hot Sauce

12. Hot Sauce – Hot pepper season is just about over, so now’s the time to stock up and make some hot sauce. This is my favorite from-scratch hot sauce recipe. No cooking required!

Image Credits: pumpkin via Shutterstock, tofu by Becky Striepe, mustard seeds by WordRidden, tomato via Shutterstock, baby food and applesauce by Becky Striepe, cranberries via Shutterstock, drop biscuits by Becky Striepe, coconut butter by Andrea Bertoli, peanut butter via Shutterstock, socca via Dayna Mclsaac, hot sauce by Becky Striepe

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

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