DIY Recipes

Looking for recipes for DIY foods? Allrecipes has more than 210 recipes for homemade pastas, sausages, spice blends, jams and jellies, cheeses--even ketchup and mustard.

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Onion Soup Mix

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87
Way cheaper to make it yourself than buy the packets. This recipe makes the equivalent of one packet of soup mix. If you're adding this to a liquid, the bouillon cubes don't need crushed.

Homemade Biscuit Mix

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100
Add a few simple ingredients, bake, and voila! You'll have hot, tasty homemade biscuits fast!

Gluten-Free Cream of Chicken Soup Replacer

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The following recipe will replace one can of soup in recipes calling for condensed cream of chicken soup. If your recipe calls for two cans of soup, just double all ingredients. Use in your recipes exactly as you would canned soup.

3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Sweetened Condensed Milk

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8
This is a healthier and a lot cheaper version than the store-bought stuff.

Homemade Shake and Bake Mixture

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Various seasonings enhance this homemade crumb mixture for coating and baking chicken. Use this like you would use the store-bought stuff. This in just as good, to me and my family!

Light or Dark Brown Sugar

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Making your own brown sugar is so simple and easy and it tastes exactly like store-bought! You'll never run out of brown sugar if you keep two simple ingredients on hand: white granulated sugar and molasses. Recipe ingredients are for light brown sugar. For dark brown sugar, simply use 2 tablespoons of molasses for every 1 cup of white sugar. To keep it moist, put a slice of bread into the storage container.

Chef John's Homemade Cheese

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Usually making something like fresh cheese at home is done because it's higher quality, and much cheaper. This recipe for fromage blanc, or farmer's cheese, flies in the face of that conventional culinary wisdom. So why bother? Because, for any self-respecting foodie, making a batch of homemade cheese is definitely on the culinary 'bucket list.' Before you cash in your apron for good, you should experience the magic of watching a pot of milk turned into cheese. And if all this sounds kind of cheesy, so be it.
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Ground Flax Egg Substitute

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Wonderful substitute for eggs, especially in cookies, brownies, muffins and breads. It works every time. Store ground flax seeds in a sealed container in the refrigerator or freezer.

Pumpkin Pie Spice I

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Use this mixture in recipes that call for pumpkin pie spice. A blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice that can be scaled to any size.

Flavored Baking Chips

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I put this recipe together out of necessity to make raspberry cheesecake cookies. Raspberry chips were not available in my local stores. Any flavor you desire is possible by changing the extract and food coloring. This recipe allows you to have as many flavored morsels as there are extracts for a fraction of the cost. Enjoy!

Self-Rising Flour

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This is how you make self-rising flour when you run out of the original.

Cream Soup Base

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This is a creamy soup base that will make many types of cream soup. Use your imagination and create a new soup.

Inspiration and Ideas

Confectioners' Sugar

"It never fails—you run out of powdered sugar and forget to restock it! Since [finding this recipe] to make my own powdered sugar, I have not bought any!" – Life is Good

Chef John's Creme Fraiche

"The effort is minimal and the payoff is marvelous." – Chef John

Basic Pasta

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456

An easy recipe and simple to double or triple, depending on amount needed. Hope you enjoy!