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"Homestyle" Mayonnaise? and what DO you make at home?

I can't remember which major brand it was, but they put out a "Homestyle" mayonnaise.
I may be wrong, but I don't think your average person -me, included- makes their own mayo...or ketchup, or mustard, especially if one has kids.

However, what DO you make from scratch at home, that most people would buy pre-made or in 'instant' form?

My list:
Cake
Pie
Cookies (except for Oreos)
Dips (onion, pimento cheese, liver, etc.)
Guacamole
Hummus
Salad Dressing

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  1. I'd make it it I was using a recipe that called for a good amount of it, otherwise, for daily use, I resort to the jar.

    1. Now that the second ingredient in Hellman's is water, I make my own mayonnaise. Also usually make an awful lot that I imagine other people buy pre-made...including the items on your list.

      1. I go through about 2 cups of mayo in a year - -and most of that is when I make spinach and artichoke dip (and I'm sure not going to make homemade for that)

        I've made homemade mayo, though, and it's delicious. I'd make it more often if we ate it.

        What do I make? (hang on- it's a long ride)

        Salad dressing
        cookies
        granola
        cakes
        pies and tarts
        candy at Christmas
        jams, jellies, and marmalades
        salsa (both for immediate consumption and canned for the winter)
        I cure my own corned beef for St Paddy's Day
        bread when I feel like it
        dill pickles (once or twice a year)
        liqueurs (lemon, raspberry, and apricot -- maybe cassis this year)
        plus dinner 5-6 nights a week, plus lunches on the weekend.

        I used to make my own yogurt, too, but got rid of the machine in a move.

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        1. re: sunshine842

          I make my own granola also. So much better than the packaged stuff.

          1. re: cheesecake17

            Oh yes - I did an enormous amount of baking over the holidays and bought a box of granola to save myself some time and effort.

            Holy cow -- I was amazed how much I didn't like it.

            Plus -- if you make your own, you only put the stuff you like in it! I use the Nigella Lawson recipe that uses applesauce in place of some of the oil -- it works really well.

        2. You have time to bake a cake from scratch but not make mayonnaise?

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          1. re: ferret

            For me it's a matter of priority and whether or not I like a product I can purchase, rather than whether or not I have time. I can purchase mayo that I find 100% acceptable for my purposes, so although I might make it for a special dish, in general there is a jar of Hellman's in the fridge for everyday use. However, I can't purchase a cake that I find acceptable (or at least not within my price range), so if I want cake, I'm going to make it myself.

          2. It's interesting what you get used to making and don't give it a second thought. I know people who think that making a cake from a box mix is 'from scratch', same with pancakes or biscuits.

            A few months ago I made 'sloppy joes' with some leftover spaghetti sauce, sauce that I had made 'from scratch' (canned tomatoes). I had taken it out to the pool deck to eat, and one neighbor wanted to know what brand it was, because it looked so meaty and chunky. The thought of making sloppy joes or spaghetti sauce instead of buying a jar or can was completely foreign to her, although she did admit to having been curious about those packets of seasoning mix in the market.

            things i make 'from scratch'. I'm single so sometimes it's just easier to buy a mix or a can, and often things are hybrids, part mix part from scratch, but often these are on the list:

            chili
            spaghetti sauce
            taco/burrito filling
            hamburger helper
            mac & cheese
            some salad dressings
            Hummus sometimes
            Pie crust & pies
            cookies
            rice-a-roni