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#FridayFive Surprisingly Simple From Scratch

Today I want to share five kitchen staples that are surprisingly easy to make from scratch... and did I mention they taste way better, too?   Ready made items are so accessible in U.S. grocery stores, so it can be easy to just grab and use them without ever thinking about how to make them yourself.  Chicken stock?  That comes from a box in the soup aisle.  Making?  Better pick up a packet of gravy mix to heat up. And salad dressing obviously comes from a bottle.  These conveniences are so ingrained in our cooking culture that I never even considered making these things myself until a few years ago.  My first revelation came from making homemade chicken stock using leftover rotisserie chicken bones. One weekend, I had rotisserie chicken leftovers in the fridge and was inspired watching a Barefoot Contessa episode to make chicken stock myself.  It was a success and has now become a staple in my freezer. It prompted me to realize that while there is nothing wrong with grabbing these items

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