Sent by StuartEditor: Great question, Stuart! This is something that a lot of us are thinking about and working towards. Another factor to keep in mind is how much time something takes (or that you're able to commit). I find that time commitment is the downfall of many of my good intentions to make something myself.
Take a look at our Make or Buy series for some good discussions on specific dishes and pantry staples, as well as some other posts we've done on the topic:
Readers, what foods do you think are worth making yourself? What's better to buy?
Related: How to Make Great Granola Every Time
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