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DIY series: When to make, when to buy

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Is it always worth making your favourites from scratch? Our DIY series puts shop-bought and homemade to the test.

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Custard

DIY custard - to make or to buy?

Whisks at the ready- can you make a fresh custard from eggs milk and cream to rival one from a tin?

Houmous

DIY hummus - to make or to buy?

This chickpea dip can be whipped up at home in minutes- but does it pass the taste test?

Passata

DIY passata - to make or to buy?

It sieving dozens of tomatoes really worth the hassle, or does it make a world of difference on the flavour front?

Pastry in tin

DIY pastry - to make or to buy?

We tackle shortcrust pastry to see whether a manual approach beats rolling out a ready-made supermarket block.

Pesto

DIY pesto - to make or to buy?

This basil sauce requires luxury ingredients but poured over pasta makes for a meal in minutes.

DIY salsa - to make or to buy?

Salsa

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Our tester tries out a smoky tomato chipotle chilli to see whether it beats shop-bought dips.

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