15 Feb 5 Foods You Should Try Making from Scratch
So you’ve armed your kitchen with new and fully organized cabinets, the latest appliances, and a decent arsenal of cooking tools. Now it’s time to get some use out of your fully armed kitchen. A great way to do this is to part with the typical microwaveable foods you’re used to making and to instead try making some foods from scratch. Here is a look at the five dishes you might want to consider tackling first.
Making fresh pasta from home is actually quite simple and involves just two ingredients—eggs and finely milled flour (most will recommend finely milled “00” flour). Find a quick recipe online, follow along with a video that shows you how to make pasta dough, and then use either a pasta noodle maker or a rolling pin and a chef’s knife to shape your dough into noodles. The trickiest part of the pasta making process is probably getting the dough to the right consistency, texture, and thickness, but with some practice, you’re sure to get it right.
And while you’re at it, go ahead and try making your own pasta sauce to go with that fresh pasta. It’s as simple as crushing up some garlic, heating it over some olive oil, adding some peeled tomatoes, and then letting the mixture simmer for a few minutes. Crush the tomatoes as needed to create a thick sauce, and add some fresh basil for that extra something. Many chefs recommend using San Marzano tomatoes here.
Nothing beats a cake made from scratch in terms of taste and thoughtfulness. And baking a cake isn’t as difficult as it might seem, just as long as you can follow a recipe. Baking a cake from scratch generally goes something like this: 1) Sift together your dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and salt.) 2) Cream together your wet ingredients (butter, sugar, and eggs). 3) Gradually add the dry mixture to the wet, alternating with milk. Then, simply add any final mix-ins like extract or chocolate chips and you’re done with your batter!
Many opt for baking store-bought, frozen fries thinking that they’re avoiding the health detriments of deep frying, but often these fries have already been fried once already. Take control of what goes into your body and instead try making french fries at home using fresh potatoes, a chef’s knife, and a little oil and salt to flavor. One plus here is that you can use your French fry making skills to prepare other veggies French fry-style, such as sweet potatoes and parsnips.
If you strive to become a baker, you probably can’t call yourself one until you’ve learned how to make a proper loaf of bread from scratch. Basic whole wheat bread requires ingredients that you likely already have on hand—flour, yeast, water, butter, honey, and salt—and it also happens to smell fantastic as it’s rising in the oven. A fresh loaf of bread happens to make for a great gift for friends and neighbors as well.