Want to make your own trail mix? Oatmeal cups? Flavored cream cheese? Frozen taquitos? Well, read on because DIY Convenience Foods are in your reach.
There are a lot of things out there that are convenient to grab when you’re out and about. The grocery shelves are filled with snacks and goodies and premade concoctions that are easy to serve at home. These “convenience” foods make life easier, but they can be less than good for us, overly priced, or both.
New series: DIY Convenience
This month I’m starting a series that I’ve been thinking about since last December: DIY Convenience Foods. I’ve written about this already a fair amount: here, on Life as MOM, and in my book, Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook. You probably already know that my heart belongs to homemade. This month, I’m stepping it up a bit.
I’m looking forward to this series as a chance to make homemade more of those things that I count as expensive junk food. I don’t want to be held hostage by frozen foods, bottled beverages, or snack pack sizes of anything. I want fun food to reign at my house, but not at the expense of good health or high prices. I want to encourage my husband in his desire of eating better and more economically at work.
And I want to make cooking an eating just a little more enjoyable and a little bit cheaper.
I know that making my own convenience foods won’t exactly be “convenient”. There’s a reason why these products are so very popular. They’re easy to grab and throw in your cart. The marketers have convinced you that it’s too hard or too expensive to make it yourself.
It’s true. There’s a history of food manufacturers realizing that if they can just convince the consumer that it’s too hard to mix together flour, butter, and eggs to make a cake her own, then she will buy the cake mix. The mix that she has to add butter and eggs to anyway!
My hopes are manifold:
- to experiment with new recipes and things I’ve been hesitant to attempt on a regular basis, like homemade bagels
- to perfect some old favorites that we already love, like tamales
- to develop more strategies that will help my family eat better and cheaper, even when we crave “junk food”
- to make packing lunches and road trip food a little bit tastier, healthier, and less expensive
31 Days of DIY Convenience Foods
Today I’m linking up over at The Nester’s 31 Days series where hundreds of folks are sharing their 31-day challenges. I did this last year on both blogs and it was a lot of fun. If you missed those posts, you can still find them in the archives: 31 Days of Freezer Cooking and 31 Days to Stop and Smell the Roses.
This year over at Life as MOM, I’ll be blogging 31 Days of Kitchen Time Savers, so you can follow both and hopefully we’ll both learn new tricks in the kitchen.