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There are many products available at your local supermarket to help you simplify meal preparation. Convenience products have become incredibly commonplace. Therefore, you may not realize how easy and inexpensive it is to prepare the same foods from ingredients you have at home. Ditching pre-packaged convenience foods to make your own can save you money and help you control which ingredients go into the foods you eat. Here are 15 items you can prepare at home to save money and improve the quality of your meals.

15. Bread Crumbs


Sure, it’s convenient to grab a box of bread crumbs to mix into meatballs, bulk up meatloaf, or sprinkle atop a casserole. However, it is incredibly easy to make your own bread crumbs. Furthermore, making your own bread crumbs helps you use up bread that would otherwise go to waste. First, place slices of bread on a cookie sheet in your oven and bake at 300 degrees for about 10-12 minutes. Then, place the toasted pieces of bread into your food processor and process until they are fine. Store extra breadcrumbs in your freezer for up to three months.

14. Croutons


Like breadcrumbs, you can make your own croutons at home from stale or day-old bread. Gimme Some Oven has instructions for making Homemade Croutons. This recipe requires one loaf of bread, olive oil, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, black pepper, and sea salt. These croutons make a tasty addition to soups, salads, and casseroles. You can even make salad croutons from leftover hot dog or hamburger buns after hosting a barbecue. Simply cut up leftover buns to use in place of the loaf of bread.


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