Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-17-2008, 03:06 PM   #1
Turning the Heel
KnitClickChick's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: In my own little world
Posts: 606
Thanks: 146
Thanked 140 Times in 103 Posts
Making your own food
I've made my own spaghetti sauce for years, and recently, to try and avoid as much bad stuff as possible (like high fructose corn syrup and those nasty preservatives) I have been making my own butter, mayo, and whipped cream. I also had some herbs growing this summer which I want to dry for the winter. Next on my list to make is yogurt. Does anyone else make their own food? What do you make?
I knit, therefore, I smile

Wish List
Another felted bag
Mrs. Beetons Wristwarmers

On The Needles:
Silver's Palindrome Scarf - in Patons SWS Natural Pink
Feather and Fan Shawl - in Estelle Cadenza
KnitClickChick is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to KnitClickChick For This Useful Post:
Tropicflower24 (09-22-2008)


This advertising will not be shown to registered members. Join our free online community today!

Old 09-17-2008, 03:15 PM   #2
Working the Gusset
Crycket's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Kitchener, ON - Canada
Posts: 1,675
Thanks: 273
Thanked 307 Times in 251 Posts
Send a message via Skype™ to Crycket
When ever DF and I make a chicken (a whole one) we make a chicken soup out of it. It is probably the best chicken soup I have ever had, and I am happy to know exactly what is in it. It is a bit of work, but DF doesn't mind extra work if he knows the outcome is good!
Adopt one today! Adopt one today!

Growing old is mandatory, growing UP is optional!
Crycket is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2008, 03:19 PM   #3
Instepping Out
Abbily's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Austin, Texas
Posts: 2,996
Thanks: 458
Thanked 1,603 Times in 1,120 Posts
I've never made my own butter/mayo/yogurt, though I am interested in trying someday. I don't regularly make my own bread, either. But I make as much as possible from scratch. I don't use jar spaghetti sauce, canned cream soups, canned veggies, boxed foods...
Mommy to two wonderful girls

"I don't have to conform to the vagaries of time and space, I'm a loony!" -Campbell Bain (David Tennant) 'Takin' Over the Asylum'

OTN: Cabled Sweater, arm warmers, kids' clothes
Abbily is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2008, 03:29 PM   #4
Working the Gusset
Crycket's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Kitchener, ON - Canada
Posts: 1,675
Thanks: 273
Thanked 307 Times in 251 Posts
Send a message via Skype™ to Crycket
I like to make my own bread, but with the bread maker we have, it sometimes takes like 3 times to get a good loaf. Most of the time it is either too heavy or not cooked enough. Which bugs me cause I always compensate for exactly that...a little extra yeast and a lot less flour...*shrugs* I will stick to my banana bread!

I do like making Jam. It is something I don't have the supplies for, but I have done it once or twice, and homemade jam is so much better then the store bought stuff!
Adopt one today! Adopt one today!

Growing old is mandatory, growing UP is optional!
Crycket is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2008, 04:18 PM   #5
Turning the Heel
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 673
Thanks: 29
Thanked 247 Times in 246 Posts
This is my second year of making marinara sauce from my garden tomatoes. Last year I thought I had a nice freezer full of it to last all year, but I didn't. I'm trying to make more this year. I'm getting a bit tired of making it, but it is sooo good.

I make my own hot cocoa mix in big batches. Just ran into a super great deal yesterday on nonfat dry milk, so I bought a lot of it. The cashier and bagger asked me what I do with it, so I told them about the hot cocoa mix. Add a cup of hot water to a half cup of cocoa mix and add a dash of salt and vanilla to taste. Yum.

I like to make as much as possible from scratch, like pancake batter, zucchini bread, soups, cakes, brownies, cookies, or whatever. Whenever possible I like to modify the recipes so they have less fat and more whole grains.

I can't say I never buy packaged stuff though. Sometimes I just want convenience. Oh, I tried making whole wheat bread once, and it was a total failure. One of these days I'll give it another shot.

dmknits is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2008, 04:40 PM   #6
1st Leg of the Journey
JustAFloridaGirl's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 103
Thanks: 22
Thanked 99 Times in 40 Posts
I learned to cook from my mother who, having grown up on a farm, pretty much only knows how to cook stuff from scratch. I think it tastes better and you have so much more control over what goes into your meal. Especially since pre-made items have so much sodium.

I remember the first time I had cornbread with a meal at my was from a boxed mix. Silly naive me, I said "I didn't even know you could buy cornbread in a box!" MIL gave me a funny look and said "How do you make your cornbread?"
Housewife Extraordinaire - My Blog
JustAFloridaGirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2008, 05:36 PM   #7
Working the Gusset
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 1,085
Thanks: 201
Thanked 265 Times in 226 Posts
I have to admit to being vaguely surprised that people dont make their own pancake batter or soup or sauces.
I can understand maybe not making things like butter all the time from scratch (although i would like to) but things like sauces are just cooking. their just recipes. but then i suppose so is making butter!
and packet white sauce ... i just don't get it.

I always make my own stock. Vegetable, chicken and beef are all realy easy but i have to admit i have never made fish stock. I just dont eat enough fish dishes to justify it.

They then become the basis for my own soups, stews, sauces etc etc. Nice and yummy.

Funny you should mention the drinking chocolate, i never thought to make it using milk powder. I always make it the old fashioned way with hot milk, plain coco powder (the dark bitter stuff used for baking) and brown sugar to taste. it was how my great nan tought me to make it, but then i do like very dark chocolate so i like being able to control the sweetness that way.

I had to add; I don't mind store bought stuff (although I like to check the ingredients), tinned tomatoes are an essential item in my cupbourd since growing them can be difficult in this climate and I just adore tinned baked beans and custard (not together) even though I know how to make my own. It just doesn't occur to me that many things are available ready made or pre-packaged and when I see them in shops I get a little confused.

My housmate came home once with tinned apple pie filling and a bag full of eating apples. I just didn't understand.

I am Tarriknits on Ravelry

This is my not necassarily knitting related blog.
tarrentella is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2008, 06:18 PM   #8
Turning the Heel
cdjack's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: North Texas
Posts: 788
Thanks: 83
Thanked 281 Times in 244 Posts
I make my own mayo and my own hummus. Unless I don't feel well or I'm really short on time, I make soup and sauces from scratch as well. I try not to buy any processed foods or foods full of artificial flavors and preservatives. Sure, it costs more sometimes, but I feel it's money well spent. I save money in other areas like utilities usage, clothes, gas usage, etc.

I really want to have a go at making my own bread.

cdjack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2008, 07:39 PM   #9
Working the Gusset
Mike's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: IL
Posts: 1,313
Thanks: 77
Thanked 387 Times in 289 Posts
I make my own meat (OK, I hunt it and do the butchering).

I grow most of my own herbs. I've figured out that I'd rather have dry garlic and while it tastes good drying homegrown garlic is a pain.

I can my own tomato sauce and apple sauce. Other than pizza sauce and tomato paste (for the pizza sauce) if I don't have what I canned I don't use it cook that item.

I do my own horseradish sauce but still use some of the store bought creamy kind.

I don't eat corn normally unless it's from my garden.

Cherry pies are always made with my own cherries. The only thing I use canned for is topping cheesecake.

Other than boxed cakes all my baking is from scratch. Bread, cookies, pizza dough, pies.

I didn't realize scratch pancakes were just as easy as using a box of mix.

I also didn't realize "instant pudding" had changed so much when I made some from scratch and thought it was no different than when I last made "instant" in the 70's. My sister told me instant really is instant now.

I used to make my own hotsauce but my stomach can't handle that any more. My brother is trying the fermented Tabasco type, if that works I may start making it again.

Pretty much any vegetable I eat is grown by me although I do need to fill in with store bought onions and potatoes some times.
Petroleum based knitter, removing that nasty oil from the ground one skein at a time.

YouTube channel
Mike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2008, 10:16 PM   #10
Turning the Heel
Puddinpop's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Alabama
Posts: 682
Thanks: 106
Thanked 219 Times in 201 Posts
Send a message via AIM to Puddinpop
That sounds wonderful, but where do you find the time?
Puddinpop is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
OT: Wake Food? Crycket The Lounge 11 07-12-2010 08:00 AM
OT : Making your own baby food ? vaknitter General Knitting 15 03-10-2010 12:02 AM
Looking for food patterns angiportus Pattern Central 7 08-08-2007 02:47 AM
OT: Food Delivery... melissa.atkins General Knitting 31 03-15-2007 10:09 AM
help on food choices hellokitty165 General Knitting 6 02-05-2007 01:44 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:41 PM.