Every time I start a new homemade recipe for something, I have to admit I almost always absolutely hate it at first. Not because the product I made wasn’t as good as the commercial stuff, but simply because it’s different from what I’m used to. But with a little bit of time and some adjusting, I usually end up completely changing my mind and really loving the new stuff eventually. Because I know this about myself, I have a few rules to follow every time I make a switch from a commercial product to a homemade one.
- My first rule is that I have to use up all of the old commercial stuff first. If I have any of the old stuff still around, it’s too easy to just decide I hate the new recipe and go back to the old stuff.
- When I make the first batch of my new recipe, I have to use it for at least 2 weeks (or use the whole batch, whichever comes first) before making a judgement. I already know I’m not gonna like it at first, but only because it’s not what I’m used to. Two weeks is a good time frame to both give a new product a fair chance and evaluate what could make it better.
- Keep a mental list (or written list) of what could be better about it if it’s not working, or what exactly I don’t like about it. Is the container I chose to keep it in not right? Is there an ingredient that I think isn’t working right? Does it work as well as the stuff I used to buy? Am I happy with the consistency, the smell, and everything about it? Tweak as necessary. I’ve ended up adjusting lots of different things about many of my recipes, when I might have just scrapped the whole thing without considering how to improve it.
Each time I phase out a commercial product and replace it with a homemade one, this process gets easier. I still usually don’t like whatever it is I just made, but now I’m better able to give each of my new products a fair chance and adjust to them without getting too angry or frustrated. And now that I’ve phased out so many commercial products, I feel really self-sufficient and great about it. I also feel more connected to the stuff I use because not only do I know exactly what’s in them, I put all the stuff together myself.
Anyone else have any suggestions for switching?