What’s not worth doing homemade? This question was posed last week on a blog I was reading. Their “Worth It” items were marinades, rubs, spice mixes, soup, baked goods, dips, and dressings.
Their “Not Worth It” items were pasta, crackers, and bread.
In between were pasta sauce, chicken stock, and salsa.
. . . .and I had great fun reading all the comments on the subject too.
My Two Cents
I found myself in pretty close agreement with their take on the subject. The common thread that came through in most of the comments was the amount of time spent versus the quality of the finished product. I know for me, I’ll spend the time to make homemade cookies because nothing else quite compares to a warm chocolate chip cookie fresh out of the oven. But homemade crackers and pasta can be a lot of work and often don’t live up to our hopes. They’re kind of fun to experiment with, but hard to stick with in the long run.
I think the “worth it” items all shared a common feature too. They’re all mix-it-and-go type of recipes. Homemade dips, marinades, and dressings are usually a matter of measuring and stirring. My kind of recipes! And many folks felt if something could be made in a large enough batch and some could be frozen, then it was worth it too.
The most debate centered around bread. Some folks with bread machines thought it was sooo worth it. Others (like me) felt they just didn’t eat enough bread to go to the trouble.
10 Favorite “Worth Its” from my Blog
Here are 10 recipes from the Make Your Own Zone that I think fall into the “worth it” category. They all have minimal preparation and are simple enough for beginner cooks. Most of them save money too! (You can click on the links for the full recipes)
1. Seafood Cocktail Sauce – An easy stir together recipe
2. Taco Meat Seasoning – Quick to do with spices you probably already have on hand
3. BBQ Sauce for Meatballs – A simple sauce you can use with purchased or homemade meatballs
4. Iced Tea – A wonderful homemade alternative to the powdered mixes
5. Pancakes from Scratch – Whole wheat flour makes this tastier than the ready made pancake mix
6. Alfredo Sauce – A block of cream cheese is the base of this sauce
7. Salsa from Canned Tomatoes – For those who don’t have time to chop up tomatoes
8. Spinach Dip – Dips are indeed a quick and easy homemade item
9. Granola Bars – A tasty alternative to store bought granola bars
10. Flavored Rice – There’s no need for a mix from the store
How About You?
Do you have any favorite “Worth It” homemade foods, or reasons why you think some foods are just “Not Worth It” ? I’d love to hear your comments!