9 Homemade Versions of Your Favorite Store-bought Staples Because It's Time to Step Up Your Game

While it's easy to just stop off at your neighborhood grocery store whenever you need a staple item, making your own is both rewarding and often healthier — homemade versions may be free of the unnecessary additives, preservatives, and excess sodium that store-bought brands can contain. So next time you need to stock up on some of your favorite pantry basics (or even specialty items), skip the store and try your hand at your these nine recipes instead.

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Homemade Peanut Butter

Smooth or chunky, this peanut butter from The Kitchn puts shame to its store-bought counterpart.

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Homemade Soy Milk

Give homemade soy milk a go with The Healthy Foodie’s sumptuous recipe.

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Homemade Chicken Stock

Skip out on the additives and excess sodium by making Confection’s of a Foodie Bride’s homemade chicken stock.

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Homemade Lasagna Noodles

Ditch those store-bought noodles and try your hand at some fresh ones of your own, courtesy of Crepes of Wrath

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Homemade Yogurt

Tangy and fresh, Confections of a Foodie Bride’s homemade yogurt sounds beyond delicious.

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Homemade Pastrami

While it’s easy to just pick up a package of cold cuts, this tasty homemade pastrami from The Shiksa In the Kitchen is well worth the effort.

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Homemade Butter

Rich and creamy, Never Enough Thyme’s homemade butter recipe is surprisingly easy to make.

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Homemade Tortillas

Made with masa, these tortillas from Love and Lemons make for a fresh and delicious homemade Mexican meal.

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Homemade Pizza Dough

This homemade pizza dough from Simply Scratch is delicious and easy as (pizza) pie.

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