beer mugIf you are having a party, you can save a lot of money by making your own refreshments. This will take a bit more time, but your friends will surely appreciate the time you put into making homemade foods that are healthier and tastier. Just like home beer brewing supplies to make your own beer for the party (which is as simple as buying the right kit!) you can DIY your favorite snacks as well.

Potato Chips

A big bowl of potato chips is almost a staple at all parties. First, you need to slice the potatoes. Or can do this by hand, or use a thin slicing blade on a food processor. A cabbage slicer can also work. Regardless of the method you choose be very careful not to cut yourself. Once you have all of the potatoes you are using sliced up, you need to fry them. You can use any far or oil that you want. Now, if you want to make your potato chips a bit healthier, fry them in peanut oil. Not only is this healthier, but it also tastes phenomenal. You should fry them at 375 degrees Fahrenheit until they are golden and crisp. Once done, put some table salt or sea salt on them and you are good to go. The best part about this is, you do not need to peel the potatoes, so this will save time and result in needing to use fewer potatoes.

Salsa

When you are making salsa, you want to go for a mild one so that everyone can enjoy it. While hot salsa may be your favorite, it could be a bit too spicy for some. Homemade salsa can be done in less than an hour on average, so this is a pretty quick and easy party food to make yourself. You will need a variety of fresh ingredients including the following:

  • Tomatoes
  • Garlic cloves
  • Red bell peppers
  • Red onion
  • Olive oil
  • Lime
  • Chili powder
  • Pepper and salt
  • Scallions, parsley or cilantro

You can add in some hot peppers if you would like. You will simply dice and chop the ingredients and then mix them together in a bowl. This is something you want to make the night before so that it can sit in the fridge overnight and the flavors can all mix together.

Guacamole

This is another dip that is always a hit at parties and it can be made within minutes. All you really need are some avocados, onion, cilantro, lime juice and salt and pepper. You can add tomatoes and other things, but these are not necessary. Just mix and mash all of the ingredients together and you will have fresh guacamole to use as a dip or a sandwich spread.