Apr 12

The Homemade Pantry

If you’re thinking it’s kinda random for me to be reviewing Alana Chernila’s first book after I’ve already written a review of her second one (The Homemade Kitchen)…don’t hate. I received this as a birthday present a couple years ago and didn’t have a chance to write about it til now!

There are affiliate links in here, but I was not sponsored for this post. I just wanted to share because it’s awesome. :]

The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying & Start Making

the homemade pantry

By Alana Chernila

Genre: Cookbook
Pages: 288

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make anything from scratch, The Homemade Pantry should probably be your go-to guide. There are 101 different recipes in here to make your own dairy products, cereals, snacks, spreads, soups, pasta, frozen foods, crackers, bread, and even candy! 😀

Personally, I’ve always loved the idea of making things from scratch–as she also mentions, it;s usually healthier, tastier, costs less, and eliminates unnecessary packaging. (Go green!) She admits right off the bat that she doesn’t make all of these every week–on the super busy ones, she prioritizes, and makes the easiest and quickest recipes (e.g. yogurt, granola, snack bars).

She also goes through the kitchen contraptions that she owns and how to optimize freezer use! The book is divided into several different chapters, or “aisles” (:P).


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In this section, you can learn how to make your own ricotta, crème fraîche, yogurt, mozzarella, butter, buttermilk, and cream cheese!

Cereal and Snacks

Learn how to make your own granola, instant oatmeal, popcorn, toaster pastries (with many different filling options–they’re like homemade poptarts!), car snacks/bars, potato chips, mixed roasted nuts, and jerky! (If on-the-go snacks are your thing, this chapter will be your favorite!)

Canned Fruits, Vegetables, and Beans

Ever wanted to learn how to can? This will be your go-to section! Be sure to take food safety seriously–use clean equipment and can from established recipes. If it smells funny or has weird stuff growing in it, please don’t eat it.

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Learn how to can your own applesauce, jam, cucumber pickles, sauerkraut, cranberry sauce, tomatoes, and beans in this chapter!

Condiments, Spices, and Spreads

If sauces are your thing, b-bam! Learn how to make your own ketchup, mustard, salsa, hot sauce, salad dressings, mayonnaise, hummus, nut butter, and spice mixes here!

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Make your own stock, lentil soup, pureed soups, and beef stew! :]

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Baking Needs and Mixes

Nom nom nom…carbs, anyone? Learn how to make your own pancakes and waffles (or ready mixes!), cornbread, a basic pie crust or graham cracker crust, yellow cake, frosting, pudding, fruit gelatin, and even vanilla extract!

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Frozen Foods

Frozen vegetables, pizza, veggie burgers, chicken nuggets, fish sticks, ice cream… I’m definitely going to be perusing this section to bulk-cook so that I’ll have good food to eat on my busier rotations in residency!

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Strawberry Ice Cream

Pasta and Sauce

Learn how to make your own pasta dough and ravioli! If that’s not your thing, you can also make tomato sauce, pesto, macaroni and cheese, or lasagne from scratch!

Breads and Crackers

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Hamburger Buns.

More carbs! Specifically, hamburger buns, sandwich bread (white or wheat!), tortillas (corn or flour!), graham crackers, breadcrumbs, breadsticks, crackers (wheat or cheese).

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Cheese Crackers


Mmm…lemonade, chai, tea (lavender chamomile, rose-scented tea), soda with rhubarb ginger syrup, herb syrup, or berry syrup, hot chocolate, coffee liqueur, amaretto…

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Coffee Liqueur

Candy and Sweet Treats

Chocolates, peanut butter cups, caramels, fruit rollups, cream-filled snack cakes, fig bars (e.g. homemade fig newtons!), marshmallows, sandwich cookies…

A lot of the recipes in The Homemade Pantry involve the use of ingredients that you can also make from this book, but don’t feel like you have to do that. As she puts it, “Make what you like, and use what you have.” You gotta do what works for you!

Each recipe contains an introduction, the ingredients and instructions, portion sizes, variations, and storage instructions (e.g. room temperature/fridge/freezer/cannability, type of container, how long it’ll keep for), which I found really useful. Many of them are pretty simple, although there are definitely some that are more labor-intensive than others.

If you’ve seen my review of The Homemade Kitchen, or went through this review, you already know that the food photography’s gorgeous. <3

Wherever applicable, she also includes a box labeled “tense moments”–for if what you’re making seems different from how it should be, or something goes wrong and you need some tips on how to fix it. I’m pretty sure I’ll definitely be finding those sections super helpful!

  • Have you had a chance to check out The Homemade Pantry?
  • What’s something you like to make from scratch?

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  1. Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Looks like a fabulous book! You really find the most wonderful cookbooks. Hope you are doing well!
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    1. Farrah

      I’m accumulating an awesome collection! :D!!

  2. ShootingStarsMag

    Because of my diet plan I’ve been making more from scratch, or close to scratch if you will. I think it can cost more money in some cases, but it’s definitely healthier!
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    1. Farrah

      In some cases, it definitely can, but I like knowing that I can make em’ from scratch if I need to! 😀

  3. Coco

    Sounds like a neat book! I love the “tense moments” idea – there are recipes that look like a mess midway through – or maybe that’s just me.
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    1. Farrah

      Agreed! I’ve definitely had a couple in the past where I wish I’d known how to save em’, haha. 😛

  4. Edye

    How to make your own instant oatmeal? Count me in!!! 🙂
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    1. Farrah

      That’s one of my next projects! :D!

  5. Hannah

    I’m a fan of making most things from scratch, but I’ve been off my game lately. And I still need to try crackers!
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    1. Farrah

      I have been as well! I need to try making those crackers too!

  6. Mary

    I need this cookbook. I have dreams of making everything by hand, from cereals to bread and even candy, so this book feels like it was created just for me. I never thought about making my own condiments, spices, and spreads. Have a great weekend Farrah!
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    1. Farrah

      I have dreams of that as well! I haven’t completely embarked on it yet since I’m trying to finish off everything I have first…but somedayyy!

      Hope you have a great week!

  7. Sana

    Wow! I feel like I would need a week long vacation to do this book 🙂 I am guilty of buying everything. Including pre chopped veggies…

    1. Farrah

      I would as well–there are so many delicious recipes to try out in this book! :]

  8. Kristy from Southern In Law

    This looks like an awesome cookbook!

    I’m obsessed with making homemade crackers!
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    1. Farrah

      It really is! :D! I need to try making my own crackers!

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