This post is part of an ongoing – albeit random – series on my travels through Pinterest land. Every month or so, I share a new pin that I’ve tried or a round up of my favorite pins in a category. Pinterest is full of good ideas, but sometimes it is hard to sort the good ideas from the bad ones. Plus, there are plenty of talented folks who make things that are amazing, but light-years outside my skill set. I try to share pins that I think will work for everyone.
I’m sharing my favorite pins today for pantry items. This category on my Pinterest includes homemade versions of things that are readily available, pre-made at your favorite grocery store. Why make something that you can buy at the store for a buck? The store-bought versions tend to be full of things that aren’t too healthy, like preservatives and food coloring. Today’s round up includes all things that are easy to make and really yummy. I’ve used all of these pantry pins several times and have been happy with them.
5 must-try pantry pins
Winter is coming. And nothing is nicer upon arriving home from school or work to a hot mug of cocoa. This recipe has all the ease of those instant just-add-water packets, but is made from real ingredients. This recipe is created from one of my favorite chefs, Alton Brown. It keeps for months, assuming it lasts that long.
I’ve never really been a fan of condensed cream of chicken/mushroom/etc soup. When I started reading food labels, the ingredient list was enough to make me swear off casseroles. I recently found this recipe for making a powdered mix that combines with water as-needed and I’m sold. I’ve used this a handful of times and it is always nice and easy. It is shelf stable for months.
*I found this recipe originally via this pin. It is a list of 17 homemade spice mixes, if you need a little more inspiration. I haven’t used most of them yet.
My favorite salad dressing of all time is Italian. I have probably consumed a few gallons of the Wishbone variety. Or I did before I found this recipe. My favorite part is how versatile it is. You can be short of half the ingredients and it still turns out great. Technically, you need to keep this in the refrigerator after you mix everything.
We eat tacos just about every week, mostly on Tuesdays. Hubby found this recipe long before Pinterest existed, but I had to add it to this list and pin it in my pantry board. Use this to make Tex-Mex tacos, and serve them with homemade salsa and easy guacamole.
Barbecue sauce is one of those mystery condiments that I always assumed was really complicated. Mayo is complicated. Mustard is brain surgery. Barbecue sauce can be made in about ten minutes. Fair warning, this recipe is a bit spicy. I store mine in an empty ketchup bottle in the refrigerator and it lasts for months. It makes a tasty barbecue chicken sandwich though.
Give them a taste-test and let me know what you think. Leave a comment with your own favorite pantry pins and I’ll repin them to my board (and try them out). And if you have a pin that you’d like me to try for the next Pin or Pass?, leave a comment. Oh, and be sure to follow me on Pinterest so you can see what I’m pinning!