8 Things You Should Never Buy At The Supermarket


Homemade pesto is much more fragrant and flavoursome than ready-made jars and also contains a lot less preservatives.

Tomato sauce

You'll find that shop-bought pasta sauces, especially tomato sauce, contain a lot of sugar and salt to control the acidity. Luckily, making your own is really simple.

Vegetable stock

A great way to cut your food waste and avoid buying overly salty stock cubes is using vegetable scraps for stock. Use an ice cube tray to freeze the stock.

Baked beans

Baked beans are much loved across the world but the tinned stuff, although convenient, is loaded with salt and sugar. When making your own, you'll get a much tastier dish with more complex flavours.

Chilli oil

Although the variety of infused oils sold at the supermarket is vast, there's nothing like making your own to match your personal tastes or to give as a gift.


Shop-bought granola can be incredibly sugary even though it's branded as a healthy breakfast option. It's a lot easier making your own granola at home so you can control what goes into the mix.

Energy bars

Similar to granola, ready-made energy bars are usually laced with sugar so you're much better off baking a batch.

Salad croutons

There's no need to get rid of stale bread – make homemade salad croutons which are much nicer and tastier than ready-made alternatives anyway.

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