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Homemade buttermilk, vegetable cleaner and cake flour

Brandy is the author of the food blog, Nutmeg Nanny. In her spare time she enjoys developing recipes, baking and cooking. She is a small town girl who left the corn fields of Ohio for the scenic beauty of the Hudson Valley region of New ...

Do it yourself made simple!

No need to spend tons of money on specialty food products. You can do it at home for a fraction of the cost!

Do it yourself made simple!

Homemade cake flour recipe

Is your pantry busting at the seems? Do you have a million boxes and bags of half-used kitchen products? Making your own can be cost effective, easy and will take up almost no room! Why buy a big bag of cake flour when you can make your own out of two pantry staples?

Yields 1 cup cake flour


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch


  1. Remove two tablespoons of all-purpose flour from the cup and sift in two tablespoons cornstarch.
  2. Sift several times until completely sifted together.

Homemade vegetable cleaner

Have you ever come home and taken a close look at your vegetables? They can be covered in pesticides, wax and even dirt! No one wants to ingest all of that! This simple (and cost effective!) vegetable cleaner will make your vegetables sparkly clean and ready to eat!

Yields one use


  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons granular salt


  1. Fill your sink with cold water and add in vinegar and salt.
  2. Add fruit and let sit for at least 30 minutes but no more than an hour.
  3. You want to make sure to only soak thick-skinned fruits and vegetables (carrots, apples, turnips, etc.)

Homemade buttermilk recipe

Have you ever been in the middle of making pancakes or muffins and realized you are out of buttermilk? There is no need to rush to the store; you can make your own!

Yields one cup


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice


  1. In a glass measuring cup, add milk and white vinegar or lemon juice.
  2. Let sit for five minutes until thick and looks like buttermilk.

More homemade money saving items

Homemade flavored coffee creamer
Homemade cherry liquor
Homemade ranch dressing

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