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

Rating: 4.87 stars
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

Rating: 4.42 stars
Add a few simple ingredients, bake, and voila! You'll have hot, tasty homemade biscuits fast!

Gluten-Free Cream of Chicken Soup Replacer

Rating: 4.63 stars
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

Rating: 3.56 stars
This is a healthier and a lot cheaper version than the store-bought stuff.

Homemade Shake and Bake Mixture

Rating: 4.62 stars
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

Rating: 4.67 stars
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. The recipe ingredients are for light brown sugar. For dark brown sugar, see the cook's note. To keep it moist, put a slice of bread into the storage container.

Chef John's Homemade Cheese

Rating: 4.93 stars
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.

Ground Flax Egg Substitute

Rating: 4.83 stars
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

Rating: 4.74 stars
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.

Egg Noodles

Rating: 4.69 stars
This is your basic old fashioned recipe for egg noodles, just like grammy used to make! Try making them next time you prepare your favorite soup or stew. Don't forget that fresh pasta cooks much quicker than dried! You may use a dough hook attachment on your electric mixer or your hands to make the pasta dough.

Self-Rising Flour

Rating: 4.92 stars
This is how you make self-rising flour when you run out of the original.

Cream Soup Base

Rating: 4.81 stars
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

Rating: Unrated
"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

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

Mint Simple Syrup

Rating: 4.91 stars

Fresh mint leaves are steeped with sugar and water to create a minty fresh sweet syrup to add a refreshing lift to cocktails, mocktails, pastry glazes, and frozen desserts. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.