Easy to Make Products at Home

Many if those interested in homesteading are interested in making products at home from the stuff that they collect, obtain or grow. Today we will make a list of things that people pay a lot for in stores that are easy to make at home.

One thing that is becoming extremely popular, but pretty expensive to buy. is Kombucha. Kombucha is a fermented tea drink that is extremely easy to make! It is a great probiotic and can be drunk daily, and it’s only 3 ingredients!!!

Here is a great recipe to making your own Kombucha:

Kombucha

Approximately 2 weeks from start to finish

What you need:

Scoby

Starter

Sweet tea (recipe below)

Vessel with exposure to air

Bottles with caps or other sealing options

Fruit

Directions:

  1. Prepare the sweet tea.  For every gallon of sweet tea you need about 10 bags of tea and 1.5 cups of sugar.  Do not use chlorinated water. Allow the tea to cool to room temperature.
  2. Put starter, scoby, and sweet tea into your vessel.  Place a paper towel, cheesecloth, or filter over the top of the vessel.  For one gallon of sweet tea, you need at least 2 cups of starter. If you have less starter, start with less sweet tea.
  3. Allow this to ferment for a week (this is called the first ferment).  At the end of the week, you’ll have a new growth called the baby scoby.  It usually forms on the top of the kombucha, often as a thin clear film, though it may have other looks.  The scoby may float at the top or be submerged. The only sure sign of problem is FUZZY MOLD. If you have fuzzy mold, throw it out.  If it’s not fuzzy, it’s probably not mold, and you’re most likely fine.
  4. Pour off the majority of your kombucha.  Keep some starter kombucha, and your scoby for your next round of fermentation.  Recall two cups of starter for a gallon of sweet tea. For this portion, begin again step 1.
  5. For the remainder of your kombucha: Place into bottles with a small slice of fruit.  Cap, seal, or do whatever you need to make it airtight. Mason jars do not work for this.  This is called your second ferment. Allow the second ferment to sit in bottles for about a week.  The longer it sits, the more it carbonates and turns sour. If you prefer sweeter kombucha, drink sooner.

Something else that is super easy to make at home is butter! If you have a cow in milk right now then that almost all you need right there. It’s about $3+ per pound of butter in stores and often times there are unnecessary additives in the store bought butter.

Here is a recipe on how to make homemade butter:

Butter

2 cups heavy cream

1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)

Directions:

  1. Pour cream into a food processor or blender.
  2. Process for 10 minutes, or until the butter separates.
  3. Strain off the liquid.
  4. Season to taste with salt if you like.
  5. Press butter into a small bowl with the back of a spoon to further remove liquid

How easy is that?!?!?

Did you know that it is super easy to mayonnaise at home? Yes! It really is! Here is a super nice easy recipe for making your own Mayonnaise!

Mayonnaise

Makes about 3/4 cup

Ingredients:

1 large egg yolk*

1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon white wine vinegar

1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon salt plus more to taste

3/4 cup canola oil, divided

Directions:

  1. Combine egg yolk, lemon juice, vinegar, mustard, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in medium bowl.
  2. Whisk until blended and bright yellow, about 30 seconds.
  3. Using 1/4 teaspoon measure and whisking constantly, add 1/4 cup oil to yolk mixture, a few drops at a time, about 4 minutes.
  4. Gradually add remaining 1/2 cup oil in very slow thin stream, whisking constantly, until mayonnaise is thick, about 8 minutes (mayonnaise will be lighter in color).
  5. Cover and chill. do ahead Can be made up to 2 days ahead. Keep chilled.

Did you know that you can make your vanilla extract and that it is super easy? How cool is that? It is super easy, it does take almost a month to make though. But it is much cheaper in the long run then paying several dollars for an ounce. It also keeps for up to a year.

Vanilla Extract

Ingredients:

10 vanilla beans, split lengthwise

1 liter vodka

Ready In 21 days

Directions:

  1. Place the vanilla beans in the bottle of vodka and seal.
  2. Store in a cool, dark area such as a kitchen cabinet for 3 weeks, shaking the bottle every week. Three weeks is the minimum, store it 6 months for the best flavor.
  3. After using, replace with more vodka. The same beans will continue to flavor the vanilla for up to a year.

There are just a few awesome things that you can make in your own home rather than buying in the store! They are delicious and free of unnecessary ingredients! There is so many other things you can make at home too!