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Back to Basics: Pantry Items

You’ll find lots of Pantry Basics here at An Oregon Cottage. What are Pantry Basics? It’s simply the term I use for items that are in everybody’s pantry or fridge door. The things I never once thought about making…I just threw them in the shopping cart on a regular basis. I started years ago making freezer jam instead of buying jars of it because lots of people I knew made it, too. But things like mayo and ketchup?…


Pantry Basics: Honey Mustard Dressing & Marinade

honey mustard dressing

…that I’ve never even taken any classes. When I picture the rows of bottled dressings I used to have in my pantry and fridge, this definitely qualifies as a pantry basic along with the other homemade salad dressings in the Pantry Basics Series. It all starts with six very basic ingredients: honey, olive oil, rice vinegar (or apple cider vinegar), Dijon mustard, lemon, and garlic. Think about this the next time you’re tempted to grab a…


Pantry Basics: Frugal Pesto {with a Secret Ingredient}

pesto ingredients

Okay, I know what you’re thinking: “Frugal pesto – huh?” Let me explain. This is the pesto I make every year with our garden basil – enough to last us all winter by storing it in the freezer. We use it on artisan bread instead of butter (if you haven’t tried this, you really should- but be warned, it can be addicting…), as the sauce on homemade pizza, and in Creamy Pesto Pasta, among…


Intro to Pantry Basics and Homemade Ketchup

Pantry Basic label

…ll have time to do all those other things. So, to start us out, I’m sharing today that most ubiquitous of pantry items: ketchup (or catsup- I never have figured out why there are two names…). Easy and crazy-good, it’s the perfect introduction to Pantry Basics: PRINT Easy Homemade Ketchup 1 6-oz. can tomato paste 1/2 c. sugar (half brown, half white, all brown, raw, fructose, even liquid sweeteners like honey or agave syrup…


Pantry Basics: Homemade Mayonnaise

homemade mayo

I don’t know why it took so long for me to make homemade mayonnaise. It takes about 10 minutes total (including clean up!), and costs pennies. The main ingredients are eggs and oil, which we always have on hand. This is another pantry basic we grew up always buying at the store. In fact I didn’t think you could make it at home. There is one crucial piece of equipment that you need, however, and that is a food proc…


Pantry Basics: Bread Crumbs

how-to-make-bread-crumbs

Do you make your own bread crumbs? I confess I am guilty of buying crumbs in my earlier days. In fact, I remember when my son was small and my MIL came over and was shocked to see the store-bought crumbs in the fridge. But in my defense, I didn’t have a food processor and a blender was a bit ridiculous. I was reduced to trying to smash them with a rolling pin in a baggie. Have you ever tried to coat chicken with “…


DIY Kitchen Remodel Details {and Cost Breakdown}

DIY Farmhouse kitchen

…rst experience with Ikea’s oak butcher block counters (link to the exact type we purchased). In our former kitchen we used pine a friend helped us sandwich together, since there was no Ikea in Oregon at that time. In our current house, we installed a beech Langan wood counter in our bathroom and were planning the same counter for the kitchen. But Ikea has trouble keeping them in stock at our Portland store and after waiting a year (we’…


Back to Basics: Defrosting The Freezer

I got some great feedback on the The Back to Basics series that ran a few weeks ago. We looked at simple, easy, and cost-saving homemaking skills like making bread, jams, and pantry items, starting a garden, and creating simple cards and pillows. Since there’s a lot more basics we can cover, I’ve decided to continue the “Back to Basics” series on an occasional basis. If there is something you’d like to see in this…


Pantry Basics: Homemade Chicken Stock/Broth

chicken stock

…ade chicken broth (or stock) epitomizes the “cottage mentality” of using what you have as well as my pantry basics recipes: it’s something we can actually make for FREE that lots of people buy. Free? How? I utilize my freezer by keeping neck and wing pieces from cutting up a whole chicken and/or bones from a roasted chicken in a container, adding to it as I can. I also keep a baggie of trimmings from carrot, celery, and onion in…


Pantry Basics: Basic Spice Rub

Basic Spice Rub

I had read about spice rubs for years before I ever tried one. I thought, “Why bother? I’ll just sprinkle on some spices as I’m cooking.” But once I tried it, it’s definitely become a pantry basic around here. Why? It simply makes things taste better. It brings them “up a notch,” to quote a famous person. And I love having it on hand, ready to go at a moment’s notice. There are…