Spark Creativity in the Kitchen With These Easy, DIY Cooking and Baking Kits

You don't have to be a trained chef to whip up five-star meals in your home kitchen. These foolproof food kits make preparing everything from homemade hot sauce to chocolate truffles a breeze.

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April 08, 2020

You're probably cooking at home a lot more than normal these days. Whether you're a full-blown culinary pro or a novice chef, there are plenty of ways to take everyday meals to a whole new level with homemade creations — from bagels to hot sauce — that you and your family will love. Plus, if you're trying your hand at a new skill during social distancing, the kitchen can be a great place to start — there's lots of room for creativity, and it's a great way to relieve stress and boost self-esteem. If you need me, I'll be in the kitchen rolling my own 🍣.

Craft gourmet ravioli with this easy-to-follow kit that includes most of the ingredients you need, plus a ravioli stamp for the final step. You supply a few fresh ingredients, while the kit contains everything else to make pillows stuffed with porcini mushrooms, cheese and an earthy truffle oil finish.

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Make your own artisan mozzarella and ricotta in less than an hour with this DIY kit; the only extras you'll need are some basic kitchen equipment and your favorite fresh milk. Enjoy the mozzarella with garden-fresh tomatoes and fresh basil, or use the ricotta as a topping for crostini.

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Exercise your culinary creativity with homemade sushi rolls. This kit makes it easy with all the ingredients needed for sushi rice, plus seasonings and a flexible mat that allows you to quickly roll your own sushi. Just line the mat with nori, spread on sushi rice, add your favorite fillings and you're ready to roll.

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Xiao long bao (or “little basket buns") are steamed dumplings filled with soup and ingredients like tofu or mushrooms. This kit includes everything you need to make these "buns" at home, from wood dough rollers to a steam basket for cooking.

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A Korean meal accompaniment made with fermented vegetables, kimchi is loaded with vitamins A, B and C and makes for a delicious way to incorporate gut-friendly probiotics into your diet. With this kit, you can make perfect kimchi with less than 10 minutes of active prep time.

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Indian tikka masala is easy to make — if you have the makings on hand. Inside this kit is everything (except your choice of protein) you need to make the delicious Punjabi classic in about 30 minutes. Low in effort and high in flavor and nutrition, it'll impress everyone you make it for, including you.

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Prepare chewy, airy bagels — just the way they're meant to be — toast them and add schmears of freshly whipped cream cheese for a flavorful brunch treat the whole family will love. You provide a few fresh ingredients, while the kit contains everything else you need to make a dozen everything bagels and homemade cream cheese.

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Artisan bread mixes make it easy to create delicious loaves imbued with the unique flavors of your favorite beer. Prepare in five minutes, bake for less than an hour, and enjoy.

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This homemade hot sauce kit includes the signature spices and essential tools you'll need to craft two artisanal blends. The flavorful sauces are perfect partners for everything from burgers and steaks to scrambled eggs and Bloody Marys.

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Experience a tasty range of barbecue sauce varieties with this trio of flavors. Hand-craft a savory or spicy tomato-based sauce, a velvety mustard sauce and a peppery mop sauce using the ingredients and recipes in this kit. Slow simmer each one for piqued flavors and brush them on everything from veggies and grilled meats to burgers.

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From deli-style sours to classic dills to fiery hot pickles, you can make your favorites at home with this easy-to-use kit. The pickles get their signature snappy crunch and tart pucker from Lacto-fermentation (not vinegar). Just add fresh cucumbers, dill and garlic; the kit contains everything else you need to make a half-gallon batch.

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It only takes a few minutes’ prep time and a few hours of incubation to make yogurt that’s much better than any store brand. Including all the equipment, instructions and live, probiotic cultures you need, this kit will help you coax gut-friendly bacteria to transform dairy or soy milk into a thick and creamy Greek yogurt.

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The secret to making Parisian-style crepes is a batter that’s mixed just enough to turn out tender pancakes that can fold around the fillings. Made from premium ingredients in the right proportions, this foolproof mix helps you get the batter just right. Simply add eggs and water, stir thoroughly but lightly, and spread gently across the heated pan.

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This DIY baking kit provides all the pre-measured ingredients and a detailed recipe card so you can make gourmet truffles at home. Plus, the ingredients — including cocoa and sugar — are gluten-free.

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This Devil's Food mix makes it easy to bake a cake as decadently dark and rich as its name implies. All you need to add are eggs, butter and water. Decorate with a sprinkling of confectioners' sugar or a simple glaze.

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Williams Sonoma teams up with Amirah Kassem's Soho-based Flour Shop bakery to bring you an exclusive kit for whipping up your own version of the Instagram-famous Rainbow Explosion Cake right at home. Start by combining the premium cake mix and coloring gels to bake the six rainbow-hued layers, then use the cream cheese frosting mix and colorful candies to frost, fill and decorate your surprise-filled dessert.

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With tender mochi (sweet rice dough) on the outside and creamy ice cream on the inside, it's no wonder this dreamy dessert has become an international sensation. Now you can make your own mochi at home with this fun, reusable kit. Simply supply your favorite flavor of ice cream, and this kit provides everything else, from the dough ingredients to the cutter and mold.

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