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One of the food trends I’ve noticed lately is making homemade versions of store-bought foods. While recipes for making treats like Oreos at home have been around for awhile, they have become especially popular in recent years. Maybe it’s because in the present economy, a lot of people are looking to save money wherever they can, including at the grocery store. Maybe it’s because more and more people are trying to avoid processed foods in favor of more natural, whole foods. Or maybe it’s simply because many people enjoy cooking and baking so much that they can’t resist trying their hand at making store-bought classics themselves.
In any case, whether you love Oreos, can’t stop eating Cheez-Its, or adore Fig Newtons, now you can enjoy homemade versions of your favorite treats. Below, you'll find a small selection of cookbooks with recipes for making sweets, snacks, condiments, and other store-bought foods from scratch.
Homemade Versions of Classic Snacks
Classic Snacks Made from Scratch: 70 Homemade Versions of Your Favorite Brand-Name Treats by Casey Barber
Barber, a food writer and culinary consultant, serves up recipes for everything from Funyuns, Goldfish Crackers, and Tater Tots to Nutter Butters, SnoBalls, and Creamsicles using pantry staples like flour, sugar, and butter rather than the highly processed and unpronounceable ingredients the store-bought versions are made with.
For even more health-conscious alternatives, check out this book by Lara Ferroni, a food photographer and writer. It presents recipes for more than 70 popular sweet and savory snack foods, and also offers vegan and gluten-free alternatives for many of them. Wholegrain flours and natural sweeteners are used in place of more highly processed ingredients.
The Homemade Pantry : 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying & Start Making by Alana Chernila
A first cookbook by the blogger for Eating From The Ground Up demonstrates how busy home cooks can minimize dependence on packaged foods while promoting family health and satisfaction, in a volume that includes comprehensive recipes for such everyday staples as crackers, mayonnaise and potato chips.
Articles Featuring Homemade Versions of Classic Snacks
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