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From Salad Dressing to Pancakes: 18 Foods You Should Be Making Instead of Buying

I’m all for saving time with store-bought products when necessary—my pantry has an entire shelf dedicated to bottled marinara sauce, and some store-bought products are actually very good! But for some things, there’s just no comparison. Forget boxed mixes for treats like brownies, waffles, and pancakes—trust me, you can do so much better on your own! Similarly, items like salad dressing, hummus, and applesauce are not only easy to whip up but taste so much better when homemade. They’re definitely worth the little extra effort!