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Guest post from Mandi at Life Your Way

This week I’m excited to release my brand new ebook, Easy Homemade: Homemade Pantry Staples for the Busy Modern Family, which is on sale for just $0.99!

If you’re regularly using coupons and building your stockpile for pennies on the dollar, or free, the idea of making homemade pantry staples may seem silly to you. But while you may find coupons on taco seasoning and ketchup, you may not find them as often on pesto and sour cream.

In those cases, not only does homemade give you more control over the ingredients, but it can also save you a pretty significant amount on your grocery budget as well.

And chances are you can make more things from scratch than you knew!

For example, did you know that you can “expand” your buttermilk by mixing it with milk, which costs a lot less?

Simply mix one part buttermilk to four parts milk and let it culture for 24 hours on the counter. When it’s done, you’ll have five times as much buttermilk for a fraction of the cost!

You can then mix one part buttermilk to four parts heavy cream and let that culture overnight at room temperature, and in the morning you’ll have sour cream!

Or use a gallon of milk to make homemade yogurt for pennies per ounce, a savings of one-fourth to one-tenth of the cost of yogurt, depending on what brands you’re buying and whether you’re using coupons on your yogurt.

For a long time, I thought that the trade off for these savings was the time I would spend, actually making kitchen staples from scratch. What I’ve discovered, though, is that many of these recipes are a lot easier than you’d expect, and since it doesn’t take much more effort to make something in bulk, I can make a few things every week and keep my kitchen well stocked, saving money without investing a whole lot of time.

Katie at Kitchen Stewardship estimates that when she makes yogurt, she’s earning about $35 an hour based on the time she invests in the process and the cost savings she “earns” for her family. Not too bad!

Discover more than 60 recipes for homemade kitchen staples like these in Easy Homemade, which is available for your Kindle, Nook or a full-color PDF to read on your computer for just $0.99 this week only!

Click here to get your copy today.

You’ll also find me sharing more about the what, why and how of homemade pantry staples at these great blogs:

Mandi Ehman lives in wild, wonderful West Virginia with her husband of ten years and four beautiful, spunky little girls. As a full-time work-at-home, homeschooling mom, she runs Life Your Way, a site that blends intentional and creative living, and Jungle Deals & Steals, where it’s all Amazon, all the time.

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