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Finished products save time when cooking and baking and are therefore ideal if you need to go fast. But as practical as finished products are, they leave a lot of packaging waste and often contain a lot of salt, sugar or additives.
However, many finished products that you regularly use can easily be replaced with homemade alternatives. You do not need any fancy ingredients or a lot of kitchen appliances. Often you can even make them from the leftovers from cooking. So you always know exactly what you are eating and can spice up your dishes the way you like them, without any additives or flavor enhancers. Bye, uniform taste!
How long are homemade products?
This depends entirely on the product and the method of preparation. Cooked, eg pastes, are up to a few months in the refrigerator and even up to a year in the freezer stable. Powders and other dry products often last longer as long as they are protected from air and moisture.
Here are the 10 most popular finished products that you can easily make yourself from today:
1) Pudding powder
The advantage of homemade custard powder is that you can control the amount of sugar and thus determine how sweet your pudding will be. You also avoid a lot of trash if you do not have to rip open a new bag every time. In principle, you only need three basic ingredients, namely cornflour, sugar and an ingredient for the taste. You can find out how to make vanilla, chocolate and many more flavors at this link .
2) vegetable broth
You can also make your vegetable broth yourself. If you want, you can also use food leftovers, such as the green of carrots, kohlrabi leaves or the stalks of broccoli and cauliflower. Simply process it into a paste or powder to preserve it. For the paste, you should wash everything, peel or clean and then roughly chop. Per 100 grams of vegetables you need 10 grams of salt and also 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. Simply mix everything with a blender and fill the paste with preserving jars to put in the fridge. Or you fill them in ice cube molds to freeze them.
To process the paste into powder, you should spread it on a sheet of baking paper and dry it at 70 ° C for a few hours in the oven. Leave the door of the oven open a crack, so that the moisture can escape. Then refill the powder again and fill it into glasses that you seal airtight.
3) sauce binder
From many kitchens, the sauce binder is nowadays indispensable. But often you do not need much of it, to conjure up a delicious sauce from the broth, which is produced during roasting. In order to save the binder in the future, there are good alternatives that make sauces just as creamy, such as cornflour. Other alternatives to the classic sauce binder are also rice flour or breadcrumbs. How you can use them for the sauce, you read here .
4) Instant gravy
With just a few ingredients, you can easily make an instant gravy. So you can do without the sauce of Maggi & Co. next time. So you can be sure that no unnecessary ingredients are included. You only need breadcrumbs, broth, dried fried onions and dried mushrooms. Just look here for how you easily create your own instant gravy can.
5) Cream Festival
Here are the ghosts. Some swear by the powder from the little bags, others think it superfluous. Whether with or without, is up to you. If you would like to use it, but want to do without the packaging waste, you can quickly make a replacement yourself. You only need cornstarch and locust bean gum. How do you make the cream festival from this, you read here
Tortenguss also produces a lot of garbage, because it is available only in small, packaged portions to buy. For a fruit floor, for example, it is essential. To make the cake yourself, you only need 2 ingredients, namely cornflour and sugar, which you mix with a little water to a porridge. Detailed instructions can be found here .
7) powdered sugar
To make powdered sugar, you need a powerful blender, a mortar or a coffee grinder. Since it is used much less frequently than conventional granulated sugar, it is often not worth buying it extra. Especially not if you know from today how you can make it yourself.
Just weigh the amount of sugar you need and put it in the blender or a suitable container when using a blender. Even a Thermomix can be used well. Mix the granulated sugar well and shake it up again and again. If you need larger amounts, you should not immediately put everything in the blender at once, but mix your powdered sugar in several small portions. When using an open jar and blender, be sure to cover the jar with a cloth so that no sugar dust will spread in your kitchen.
8) Drinking cocoa powder
Drinking cocoa is especially popular with children. But it often contains a lot of sugar, making the prepared drink is anything but healthy. For a healthier alternative, make your own cocoa powder. All you need is cocoa powder and powdered sugar or a sugar alternative of your choice. So you not only save garbage, but also know exactly how much sugar is included. The exact instructions can be found here .
9) baking powder
If you do not have any baking soda in the house but want to bake a cake, you can simply use soda as an alternative. All you have to do is add vinegar or lemon juice and your cake will be fine. Producing a powdery alternative yourself and thus avoiding the purchase of packaged baking powder is not difficult. You only need a few basic ingredients, namely soda, cornstarch and silica. The exact instructions for four different variants you can look at here .
10) herbal mixture
Herbal mixtures for salads usually contain only a few herbs, but plenty of sugar and additives. A considerably healthier alternative is made quickly and serves as the basis for dressings or for seasoning soups and foods. All you need is fresh herbs, salt and a vegetable oil of your choice. How exactly this works, you can read here .
So if you enjoy making your own, you can make these finished products with just a few ingredients in your own kitchen. Not only do you help reduce waste, but you can also tailor products to suit your own tastes and tastes. Vegetable stock, pudding powder & Co. are waiting for their use in the refrigerator or storage cabinet.
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