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7 things you can make instead of buying

home-canned foods

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Food from scratch

There are many foods your family consumes on a regular basis that you could make yourself with minimal effort. It may be convenient to pick up a can of spaghetti sauce or a jar of strawberry jam, but ready-made foods are usually worse for both you and the planet because they contain more fat, salt and sugar and use more packaging.

 

What kind of foods can you make yourself? A lot. Our list is just the beginning.

 

How to make your own: peanut butter, yogurt, bread, spaghetti sauce, pasta, biscotti, salsa, guacamole, jams and jellies, baby food, granola bars, cheeses, barebecue sauce, ice cream, hummus, pesto, applesauce, pretzels, potato chips and dog treats.