5 Kitchen Staples You Can Make Yourself

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If you take a look in your pantry, you’re bound to find some of the usual store-bought staples like peanut butter, mayo or salad dressing, and most of us don’t think twice about heading to the grocery store for these commonly-used items. But could you get a better product, with less waste, for less money by making some of these items yourself? We say, of course!

Recipe: Peanut Butter

Difficulty level: Easy

What you’ll need:

1 pound shelled and skinned peanuts, roasted
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon oil
Food storage container

How to make it:

1. Put the peanuts, honey and salt into a food processor and process for 2 minutes.

2. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, and continue processing while slowly adding the oil of your choice (peanut oil or vegetable oil works best).

3. Process until smooth, about 2 minutes. Taste your peanut butter and add a little more salt or honey if desired. Scoop out the homemade goodness and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.

Compostable waste: Peanut shells and skins

Recyclable waste:
Honey packaging (find local plastic recycling), oil packaging (find local glass recycling)

Trash: None

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