If you're all about DIY projects and coming up with your own concoctions, then this list was made for you.
This list breaks down how to make all the necessities that life demands. You know, like Nutella, spices, honey-infused shampoo and your own tasty toothpaste.
Surprisingly, making things doesn't take much time at all. So, if you have some spare time over your weekend, be sure to check these out. Doesn't some fresh Nutella spread on top of a steaming hot English muffin sound delicious?
OK focus. First up, let's get some Nutella going. It is one of the most important food groups, after all.
This will take about 15 minutes to prep and 30 minutes in total to cook. In total, you'll be left with a healthy — well theoretically healthy, — dose of 1 1/2 cups of your own Nutella.
Here's what you'll need, according to CrunchyCreamySweet:
8 oz. hazelnuts
1 c powdered sugar
1/3 c unsweetened cocoa powder
2 Tbsp oil (canola or coconut; I used melted coconut oil)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
1/4 c chopped chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
How to do it.
So these are going to the spark notes, but if you would like to read through the entire recipe, click that link above.
Step 1 - Roast the hazelnuts
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
- Place hazelnuts on parchment paper
- Roast 10-15 minutes - Make sure they don't get too brown
Step 2 - Place hazelnuts on kitchen towel and let cool. Once cool, rub the hazelnuts with towel until skin comes off.
Step 3 - Place hazelnuts in food processor until finely ground and they begin to liquify. This can take up to five minutes.
Step 4 - Add cocoa and sugar.
Step 5 - While food processor is running, mix in vanilla until smoothed out. Add in salt and process for an additional 5 seconds
Step 6 - Add in chocolate chips. If the mixture starts to clump, just add in more chocolate. Who doesn't love more chocolate anyway?
You can store up to one month in the refrigerator.
For those fortunate enough to not be allergic, peanut butter is a great, nutritious snack. Here's how to create your own creamy goodness.
And guess what? You only need three ingredients to make it. Lets get to it.
As per LittleHouseLiving, you'll need:
1 lb raw shelled Peanuts
1-2 tablespoons Oil (melted coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, peanut oil, etc)
1-2 tsp Sea Salt
Here's an option to save you same time. Purchase pre-blanched and skinned peanuts. You'll see why in a second.
Step 1 - Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Step 2 - While that's going on (here's where you can save time) boil a large pot of water and boil peanuts for 1 minute. Once they are done boiling, strain the nuts and place them on a "rimmed baking sheet"
Step 3 - Bake the nuts for 40 minutes until brown. Once cooled, skin the peanuts. (LittleHouseLiving recommends a helper or husband and gloves to get better friction)
Step 4 - Place the nuts in a food processor. Once they look like crumbs, add in a teaspoon of salt.
Step 5 - Continue grinding the nuts, slowly adding in your oil as you go along. Eventually it will begin to look smooth and voila! That's it.
Here's an extra pro-tip, "If you're feeling fancy, you can also drizzle in some of your favorite honey. (I love it both ways, though I have found that if your peanuts are roasted just right, you don't really need the honey.) For a crazy twist, try a drizzle of melted chocolate, a sprinkle of ground cinnamon, or even a dash of smoked paprika."
Up next is a great recipe for your very own "House" salad dressing. It's very simple and should only take you about 5 minutes to make. Perfect.
Ok, first tip from Culinarymamas is that you can adjust this recipe any way that fits your tastes. If you like a more vinegary type dressing, add more vinegar, vice-versa if you like more oily dressing.
You can also add an array of herbs like, "thyme, tarragon, basil, dill, chives and oregano. One to two tablespoon." She adds that any "finely chopped of combo of herbs can be added."
Here's the full list of ingredients:
¼ cup white balsamic
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 shallot minced
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
¼ cup olive oil
Now time to get to make the dressing.
Simply add all the ingredients to a closed jar, shake it up, shake a little more annnnd maybe shake a little more.
That's it. Pour on your favorite salad and enjoy. If you like the recipe, follow CulinaryMamas here.
Next up is a great ketchup recipe that you'll definitely use for your summer barbecues.
This one is just as easy as the dressing, albeit with a few more ingredients.
Here are some good ideas from CupCakesAndKaleChips:
1 6 oz can tomato paste
¼-1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon cumin
⅛ teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon mustard powder
Basically just combine your favorite ingredients, throw it in a bowl and mix, mix, mix again. That's about it. Enjoy.
Here's an easy four step recipe on how to make butter. You will need a KitchenAid appliance though, otherwise you are in for a A LOT of shaking.
According to LivingWellSpendingLess, you don't need many ingredients. Check out their website to see how to add a twist with carrots.
1/4 c. milk (optional)
Step 1 - Like previously stated, you're going to need a KitchenAid appliance with a paddle attachmen. Once you have that, pour the cream into the bowl and add salt. They also advise covering the bowl with a towel to avoid any splashing.
Step 2 - Churn that butter until it begins to clump on the paddle
Step 3 - Once it's the right texture, you're going to place a colander over a bowl and strain the buttermilk off your mixture
Step 4 - You can then use a spatula to press out any extra buttermilk. You should do this under cold running water. After that, just shape into a ball or stick and refigerate.
Next up, lets make some mayo.
3/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. prepared mustard
2 cups light olive oil (not a vegetable blend)
Step 1 - Blend the eggs, vinegar, salt and mustard in the food processor
Step 2 - Add in oil while food processor is running. Do that very slowly, as SatisfyingEats advises
Step 3 - Keep mixing until the texture is right and feel free to add some more salt if you like
This will last for two weeks in the refrigerator
Now how about some spices? Great. Here are some awesome tips on how to create some with out all those unwanted preservatives and fillers.
Here are some tips on spices you can use just in case you don't have the one you need at the moment.
Be sure to check out KeeperofTheHome for some other tips on what to avoid when creating spices and the best uses for your spice creations in foods such as taco soup, brown rice pudding, bacon wrapped grean beans and chili.
Now onto some home goods that involve food, but probably shouldn't eat. First up in this section is honey shampoo. That's right.
So what are the benefits of honey in your shampoo you're wondering?
According to EmpoweredSustenance, it helps "treat dandruff, reduces frizz, moisturizes and softens."
So, here's how to do it. However, only make as much as you need for your next shower because honey can ferment and grow mold.
First you'll need a few ingredients:
Raw honey (also called "unpasteurized" honey)
A few drops of essential oils, such as carrot seed oil, optional
Step 1 - Measure out the correct ratios. You'll need 1 Tbs. of raw honey and 3 Tbs. of filtered water. The blog also recommends to "heat the mixture over a very low heat in order to dissolve the honey" and make it a bit more watery.
Step 2 - Add in oils. She recommends "lavender oils" or "carrot seed oils"
Be sure to check out Lauren's blog for some more facts and tips about honey shampoo.
Now that you're done with your shower, time to brush those teeth.
Okay, so these ingredients might start sounding weird, but it's okay, deep breaths. If you have any health concerns you can consult your dentist. There is a great Q&A section on all of this if you follow the link below.
Here's what you'll need to create your own toothpaste according to WellnessMama:
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If you don't want to create this in your food processor for, umm, food, you can pick up a mini food processor for this one. WellnessMama also advises to just use a bowl and fork if you don't want to go out and buy a processor.
Step 1 - Mix all the ingredients in the food processor EXCEPT for the bentonite clay. You don't want that to touch metal, so add it in later.
Step 2 - Blend together and store in a small jar or a tube such as this.
Step 3 - The blog also advises that your homemade toothpaste will be a bit thicker due to the coconut oil. If it is too thick or runny, add in some more calcium or water for your desired preference. Feel free to toss in those oils for some flavor.