I've been playing around with recipes (made a little preserves) and reading up on ancient ones (mustard made with wine must in the early centuries etc.) and got to wondering if anyone makes many of the basics in their kitchen - and how that turned out?
I liked the fresh preserves I made better than gourmet store preserves. In the past I've actually made crackers that turned out wonderfully (normally, crackers wouldn't be something I'd think of making - just buying). The mustard thing was intriguing but I've never tried that nor successfully made my own mayo.
Has anyone made a whole bunch of kitchen basics from scratch? What did you love, and how much better was the taste vs. commercially available?