Cooking most of your meals from scratch can save you tons of money on your grocery bill.
Having a well stocked basic pantry and a little knowledge will make cooking from scratch stress free. Remember, the whole point of cooking from scratch is to save, it's not necessary to stock your pantry with expensive spices and mixes. So when you are fixing a recipe and it calls for an ingredient that you don't have, chances are you can either make the ingredient yourself, or use a substitution.
My favorite substitution is for buttermilk. I NEVER buy buttermilk. The smallest carton you can buy around here is a quart. No recipe I make takes a quart of buttermilk, so the rest always goes to waste.
Making a substitute is quick, easy and will save you the cost of buttermilk.
Method #1- Add one tablespoon of vinegar (or lemon juice) plus enough milk to make 1 cup, stir and let set 5 minutes. Vinegar works best.
Method #2- 1 cup milk plus 1 3/4 tablespoons cream of tartar