Cooking from scratch is something that intimidates many people. However, with a little practice you can make delicious, healthy, homemade foods with ease.

Cooking From Scratch and Food Storage

Anyone getting started with food storage will quickly learn that in order to actually USE the foods you are storing, you will need to learn how to cook more from scratch. Even if it is not something you start doing on a regular basis, you should definitely learn the skills so that you are able to use them should an emergency situation occur where you are living off of your storage.

There are numerous reasons why cooking from scratch makes sense even if you aren’t doing it just to use up your food storage. The cost savings on store-bought versus homemade foods can be staggering. Also the benefits to your health are substantial when you can control exactly what goes into your food.

Benefits of Cooking From Scratch

  • Saves money versus buying store-bought convenience foods
  • Learn skills to create regular foods in an emergency situation
  • Control what goes into your foods (sugars, fats, preservatives, etc.)
  • Homemade foods often taste considerably better than store-bought
  • Use and rotate your long term food storage foods

Foods You Can Cook from Scratch

Whole Wheat Pasta Noodles – video tutorial
Whole Wheat Tortillas – tutorial
Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup – video tutorial
Whole Wheat Bread

Macaroni and Cheese (either with white sauce or with bean flour!)
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
Granola Bars
Homemade Rice-A-Roni
Buttermilk Biscuits
Hummus
Enchilada Sauce
Marinara Sauce
Homemade Ricotta Cheese

More About Cooking from Scratch

Our Best Tips for Food Storage
Learn how to incorporate food storage into your everyday recipes.

Substitutions, Measurements, Yields
A helpful handout to use when you are cooking more foods from scratch.

Food Storage Substitutions
Store a few basic ingredients to make other foods for recipes.