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Homemade Pantry Items


posted: 03/25/20

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Homemade Pantry Items can be a life saver when you can’t get to the store. Additionally, they taste so much better from scratch!

a jar of condensed cream of chicken soup with a pot and a whisk in the background

When you can’t get to the store, or the store doesn’t have exactly what you are looking for, it is so helpful to be able to make pantry items from other things you do have.

Over the years, I’ve been working on creating a good collection of homemade pantry items. These are a selection of my favorites.

Have you made any of these recipes?? I want to hear from you which one is your favorite! Leave me a comment below!


This is number 1 for a reason. Taco Seasoning is the pantry item I make homemade the most – probably 99.9% of the time.

This recipe has the measurements to make enough to just replace the packet from the store, or enough for a large amount you can have on hand all the time. And if you pick the big batch, I tell you how much to pull out to replace the packet.

bottle of spice jar with homemade taco seasoning


I have the recipe for both Homemade Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup and Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup. Both recipes give you the same amount you would get from the can.


I promise you that my Homemade Enchilada Sauce is better than the store bought version. You will be so happy you skipped the can this time.

a spoon dishing up red enchilada sauce recipe as it slowly drips off back into mason jar


With how many people I see looking at and making my homemade pizza dough, I know homemade pizza is a go to recipe right now. Try it with my Homemade Pizza Sauce.

woman using a metal spoon to spread pizza sauce onto a circle pizza pan with dough on it


Spaghetti makes a great easy dinner. (Pssst, try it with my Grandma’s meatballs.) I have two great sauce recipes to go with it!


Ranch Dressing is very easy to make at home and is a great thing to put out for the kids to dip veggies in at snack time.

overhead view of a salad on a plate on a cutting board topped with ranch dressing recipe


I LOVE my BBQ Sauce recipe and will pick it over store bought any day of the week. Be sure to try it on my Grilled Chicken Legs or my Turkey Meatloaf.

spoon dipping into a mason jar full of easy homemade bbq sauce


Croutons count as a condiment, right? I think so. This is a great recipe and really customizable by adding different spices.

Learn how to make homemade croutons that are so much better than store bought!


This Homemade Granola is another recipe that isn’t necessarily a pantry item, but it is easy to make, delicious and perfect to keep on hand for snacks and breakfast.

This homemade granola recipe is going to be your new favorite breakfast!


Cajun Seasoning is a great spice mix to add to recipes. It is an ingredient in a lot of my popular recipes. Follow the link to the seasoning recipe and you will see all the great recipes I use it in.

the best cajun seasoning recipe in a mason jar being spooned out


Finally, my Italian Seasoning is perfect to keep in your cabinet to make different recipes.

spice bottle full of italian seasoning

Hi! I'm Lisa Longley, and I am committed to giving you simple dinner ideas and recipes that are easy to make; recipes that will fill your home with joy. I am the owner and author of SimpleJoy.com and I'm so glad that you are here.

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  1. Linda says

    Thank you for the homemade pantry items. I have them in one place now.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope you love them, Linda!

  2. Linda says

    Thank you for this post!! Many of these items are out of stock locally. Now I can make my own and it will be even better.

    • Lisa Longley says

      If you make any, come back and let me know what you think, Linda!

  3. Sarah W says

    I’ve made your taco seasoning … it’s easy and delicious!

    • Lisa Longley says

      So glad you like it Sarah!

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