Have you read The Homemade Pantry by Alana Chernila yet? If not, it is definitely worth adding to your kitchen library.
As with so much of modern homemaking and homesteading, Chernila's book inspires us to reconnect with the talents of our grandparents and great-grandparents and create and cultivate right in our own homes. It helps us to re-imagine an existence based on self-sufficiency and heirloom skills, and a home humming with busyness and production.
The first recipe I tackled was yogurt-making. I have been eager to make yogurt for a while now, and The Homemade Pantry gave me just the nudge I needed. Wow! Yogurt-making is so cool! First, I realized how astonishingly more delicious homemade yogurt is compared to even the best store-bought brands. Second, I realized how far-removed I really am from much of my family's food, not understanding until this yogurt-making project how delightfully simple and mysteriously complex a process it is. And third, I realized that practice makes perfect, as is true with most of the homemaking and homesteading skills I am slowly building on.
Today, we made the Yellow Cake recipe from The Homemade Pantry to celebrate Daddy's birthday. Next up might be cheese, or butter, or homemade pop-tarts... So many tasty recipes to try, so many ways to transform our pantries with more baking and less buying.