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8 Grocery Store Products that are Better than Homemade, really
Yahoo/Bon Appetit ^ | 4/17/11 | n/a

Posted on 04/17/2011 8:22:12 PM PDT by DemforBush

Usually, the imitation, short-cut, version just doesn’t hold a candle to the original. Consider: Spray tans. Toupees. Press-On Nails. But when it comes to food, most of us don’t have the time to make everything from scratch. So over the years I’ve scoured grocery store shelves for pre-made foods that taste as good as homemade (almost). There are not many. But when I do find a winner, I am instantly hooked. And, while it would probably be more prudent for my culinary street cred to keep my finds to myself, these products are so good, I can't help but overshare.

Do these store-bought foods give the made-from-scratch versions a run for their money? You bet your clip-in hair extensions...

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TOPICS: Food
KEYWORDS: food; gloriousfood
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To: jurroppi1

bookmark (of sorts)...


51 posted on 04/17/2011 9:39:06 PM PDT by jurroppi1
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To: DemforBush

I’ve yet to have a good homemade can of Spam.


52 posted on 04/17/2011 9:39:11 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Figures don't lie, liars figure!)
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To: DemforBush
I agree with the Simply Lemonade. That stuff is fantastic! So is the Simply Limeade.

My fave is Trader Joe's Gyoza (pot stickers.) Safeway makes good ones too. I would never attempt to make those myself. I serve them with homemade fried rice. TJ's are $3.59 for a bag, enough for 4 of us.

53 posted on 04/17/2011 9:58:27 PM PDT by Dems_R_Losers (U.S. Out of My Doctor's Office!!)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

BKF is incredibly versatile. I had never heard of it until I got some All-Clad pans and they recommended it to clean them.


Oven cleaner is far less work.


54 posted on 04/17/2011 9:59:03 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin
"I’ve yet to have a good homemade can of Spam."

Easy! Place 1 pound of pre-cooked pork byproducts, including lips, jowls, and A-holes, in a blender. Add 1 package unflavored jello and 3 shakers of salt stolen from Wendy's. Blend well. Pour into well-greased mini Velveeta cardboard bottom. Chill. Once set and congealed, slice and eat. If in Hawaii, fry in bacon fat, place on mound of rice, and pour gravy until covered. Top with fried egg and eat with chopsticks.
55 posted on 04/17/2011 10:04:19 PM PDT by An American in Turkiye
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To: Kirkwood
Hospital food. Even Booby Flay can't replicate it.


56 posted on 04/17/2011 10:09:47 PM PDT by Daffynition ("Don't just live your life, but witness it also.")
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To: Jim from C-Town

I actually fooled my Italian ex-MIL with Prego, in a lasagna. I even used the non-boil pasta. She was pissed. I was very satisfied.


57 posted on 04/17/2011 10:09:59 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: An American in Turkiye

LOL, You let out the secret recipe.


58 posted on 04/17/2011 10:12:40 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Figures don't lie, liars figure!)
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To: freejohn

Had them and hated them. Too much sauce, not enough meat. Decent price but I have had better.


59 posted on 04/17/2011 10:28:39 PM PDT by aft_lizard (Barack Obama is Hugo Chavez's poodle.)
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To: buccaneer81

$3.99 on sale this past week!


60 posted on 04/17/2011 10:36:12 PM PDT by aliquando (A Scout is T, L, H, F, C, K, O, C, T, B, C, and R.)
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To: NWFLConservative

You buy in mashed potatoes? Really?

Look, even my kids will tell you that I am a lousy cook.

But mashed potatoes?

Take some potatoes. Don’t bother to peel them or anything. Washing is optional - you are going to boil the suckers anyway.

Do get rid of the green bits. They will give you the trots.

Throw them in a pot.

Put a fire under it.

When they get mushy, hit them with a hammar, a K-Bar, a tanker bar, whatever is handy. We have an old tire iron for the chore.

Toss in butter,garlic, and cream.

Serve hot.


61 posted on 04/17/2011 10:49:36 PM PDT by patton (I am sure that I have done dumber thigns in my life, but at the moment, I am unable to recall them.)
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To: An American in Turkiye

Oh my, don’t think this would pass muster with the wagu/arugula crowd in the white hut.


62 posted on 04/17/2011 11:07:19 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: patton
...hit them with a hammar, a K-Bar, a tanker bar, whatever is handy.
We have an old tire iron for the chore.

*snicker* ...lumpy potatoes, its what fer dinner.


63 posted on 04/17/2011 11:14:26 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (You do not have to smear (Pharaoh / Imam) Obama w/ lies....the truth does a fine job. :)
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To: Jim from C-Town

Try Classico, with Sun Dried Tomatoes, mix in a splash of red vinegar, teaspoon of sugar, fresh garlic, and a little olive oil, with half a bottle of your favorite red wine.


64 posted on 04/17/2011 11:20:58 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: buccaneer81

To clean my glass top stove I have one of those razor blade things, a razor blade in a holder. Soak it, scrape it, voila. Sometimes a teeny bit of Bar Keepers Friend after the scraping.


65 posted on 04/17/2011 11:24:42 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: patton
you can always add some Scottish Haggis, too. :)

66 posted on 04/17/2011 11:25:22 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (You do not have to smear (Pharaoh / Imam) Obama w/ lies....the truth does a fine job. :)
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To: An American in Turkiye

Dude! A three way at Skyline is the bomb. It’s like crack. When I go back to Cincy for vacation, I have to make three stops. Skyline is the first ... straight from the airport (right on past Goldstar without a second glance.)

Kroger in Texas sells Skyline in a can. It’s almost good as being there but not quite.

I need a fix.


67 posted on 04/17/2011 11:27:18 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. *4192*)
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To: Rembrandt

Gold Star? Are you mad?


68 posted on 04/17/2011 11:29:20 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. *4192*)
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To: skinkinthegrass

If you got issues with Haggis, you should try my schmetterlink.


69 posted on 04/17/2011 11:30:58 PM PDT by patton (I am sure that I have done dumber thigns in my life, but at the moment, I am unable to recall them.)
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To: Daffynition

I grow my own:

Heirloom tomatoes (5-6 types, vine ripened, especially “Black Krim”)
Basil
Thyme
Oregano
Rosemary
Italian Parsley
Chives

I add:

Garlic
Salt
Carmelized Red Onions (a separate recipe)
Brown Sugar (if necessary, to knock back the acidity)

Throw them all in the pot and boil until tomatoes are cooked into sauce.

Puree in the blender.

Freeze in dinner sized portions.

The only better tomato sauce I’ve ever had is at Cafe Lago, in Seattle. They even gave us their recipe and we couldn’t recreate it. Otherwise, I win!

;-)


70 posted on 04/17/2011 11:38:34 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (0bamanomics: Trickle Up Poverty.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

I was surprised (for us in the south) to find that Publix (canned) heavy whipped cream, in the purple can, is better than any of the prepared whipped creams, such as rediwhip.

It is very good. Of course not homemade, but it’s lighter, as you point out, and probably a little less caloric because of all the air.


71 posted on 04/17/2011 11:51:41 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: little jeremiah

Thanks!


72 posted on 04/17/2011 11:56:39 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Right on!


73 posted on 04/17/2011 11:57:59 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81

nonsense - sounds like they are sloppy cooks


74 posted on 04/18/2011 12:11:41 AM PDT by Revelation 911 (How many 100's of 1000's of our servicemen died so we would never bow to a king?" -freeper pnh102)
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To: Jim from C-Town
Besides I only use honey in the dough instead of sugar to activate the yeast.

try skipping this step next time - it will still rise just as quickly - had a pizza shop share that with me years ago…I watch him make a batch of dough and he only added salt to retard the rise somewhat

75 posted on 04/18/2011 12:16:29 AM PDT by Revelation 911 (How many 100's of 1000's of our servicemen died so we would never bow to a king?" -freeper pnh102)
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To: buccaneer81

Nonsense yourself. Ever been married to Italians? A messy affair, all around.


76 posted on 04/18/2011 12:21:09 AM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Revelation 911

Nonsense yourself. Ever been married to Italians? A messy affair, all around.


77 posted on 04/18/2011 12:22:29 AM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: aliquando
$3.99 on sale this past week!

That's a great deal.

78 posted on 04/18/2011 12:26:06 AM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: An American in Turkiye

THREE WAY?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z43PGrMuqto


79 posted on 04/18/2011 12:32:09 AM PDT by widdle_wabbit
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To: perfect_rovian_storm; DemforBush; bigbob

“...All-Clad pans and they recommended [Barkeeper’s Friend] to clean them”

What a great post this is! I’ve bookmarked the page to send to hubby, daughty and good-cooking friend.

And what a great thread, wonderful comments!

PRS-I’m ASTONISHED that all clad recommends Barkeeper’s friend to clean their pans, I’m a dedicated fan of Bon Ami, I just love the stuff. The only time I used BKF was to get some rust stains off of a medicine cabinet. But, I gotta admit, sometimes you can’t get the schmutz off the cooking pans (we are not in the all clad class, just Cafalon here-lol). Now based on your post I’m going to try it. I feel like shinier pans are in my future! (Hubby cooks, I’m the clean up crew).

bigbob - as for your comment about store-bought hard liquor being always better than homemade, you are SO right!

I never drank any moonshine (see, I’m right between the moonshine class and the all clad class, like ALL Americans I’m “middle class”) but I have had some pretty cr*ppy homemade wine. But it reminded me of what I told my daughter: if you are going to drink hard liquor, drink the high-end brands, don’t never drink no cheap hard liquor.

I also heard James Beard quoted years ago as saying the only thing he couldn’t make better than store bought was marshmallows, he just couldn’t get them to come out right.


80 posted on 04/18/2011 1:16:58 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: An American in Turkiye

You must be a fellow Cincinatian. Skyline is the GREATEST!!


81 posted on 04/18/2011 2:08:10 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion is the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: An American in Turkiye
WORD !!!
82 posted on 04/18/2011 3:50:35 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Or you can buy one of these: http://www.amazon.com/Cream-Profi-Whip-Stainless-Steel/dp/B003XNPGFA/ref=wl_it_dp_o?ie=UTF8&coliid=IHIP8ARL70GGG&colid=1RR9EVNZM1PP7, and make your own with fresh ingredients like organic whipping cream. :~)


83 posted on 04/18/2011 5:07:52 AM PDT by My hearts in London - Everett (You will try to nudge commies toward the truth, while they try to nudge you toward the cattle cars.)
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To: DemforBush

My sister and I are addicted to Kroger’s Garlic Fries!


84 posted on 04/18/2011 5:22:06 AM PDT by smalltownslick
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To: DemforBush

Of course Marie Callender’s pot pies are good, at 800-900 calories per pie they ought to be.


85 posted on 04/18/2011 6:33:46 AM PDT by Vor Lady
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To: buccaneer81
"homemade"

Years ago I attempted to make my own fried chicken. While the final result was edible, if not as tasty as my mother's, the clean-up was horrendous. Flour everywhere. Never again. Which is why God created tv dinners.

86 posted on 04/18/2011 6:51:37 AM PDT by driftless2 (For long-term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: stylin19a
"twinkie"

Nor a Snickers bar either.

87 posted on 04/18/2011 6:52:59 AM PDT by driftless2 (For long-term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: Huntress
"...One of the ingredients is parmesan cheese, so it coats anything it touches with sticky residue...."

I completely feel your pain, FRiend. It is like napalm: It just sticks and sticks; I try to add it at the very last second if possible. Where not possible, I just gotta let the pot soak for a day.

It makes me wonder how the Italians did it back in the old days. I bet they had big ol' Popeye forearms from the scrubbing.

88 posted on 04/18/2011 8:12:30 AM PDT by I Buried My Guns (Novare Res!)
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To: DemforBush

Has anyone noticed Sister Schubert Parker House Rolls taste different? Lol, maybe it’s just me. They’re still owned by T. Marzetti, but I noticed they use 3 different bakeries. They taste so generic now. Not yeast-y and don’t taste homemade anymore. Maybe my tastebuds are changing.


89 posted on 04/18/2011 8:13:20 AM PDT by TennesseeGirl
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To: DemforBush

Olives. Not so sure I could make those.


90 posted on 04/18/2011 8:20:10 AM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan; An American in Turkiye; Ann Archy
A three way at Skyline is the bomb. It’s like crack.
...I have to make three stops. Skyline is the first ...

LOL! I hear yah! *GRIN* :) .
but watch it, if Moochie OBahbah hears
about it, she'll restricted / tax / kill it.


91 posted on 04/18/2011 10:03:07 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (You do not have to smear (Pharaoh / Imam) Obama w/ lies....the truth does a fine job. :)
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To: DemforBush
I can do a pizza dough in no time in my food processor, using SAF Instant Yeast. It's mighty tasty!

I know folks who swear by the Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry. In all my over 45 years of cooking and baking, I've never used the stuff, so someday I'll have to buy some and do something with it.

92 posted on 04/18/2011 2:17:58 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Concho
Not bad for a $1 broiler.

I want to shop where you shop. NO WAY you can buy an uncooked, 3 pound chicken in a grocery store for $1. They are about 80 cents a pound on sale around here....

93 posted on 04/18/2011 3:27:06 PM PDT by StrictTime
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To: DemforBush
"I can cook most anything, but I tend to be something of a train wreck when it comes to making yeast doughs/breads, LOL."

Do you have a bread machine? If not, get one ASAP ... you'll be the best breadmaker in a relatively short period of time. Pizza crust is a breeze. Flour, water, olive oil, yeast -- but there are a lot of recipes -- I made a predominately corn-meal crust several weeks ago that was different and super. Crunchy, but not hard ... it would be even better with ingredients like refried beans, peppers, onions with white and cheddar cheeses, rather than the traditional italian-type.

94 posted on 04/18/2011 3:35:42 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: NWFLConservative
"Boston Market stuff is hard to beat."

After the bragging in the TV commercials, we tried it out of curiosity. Horrible. Absolutely nothing like homemade. YMOV (your mileage obviously varies)

95 posted on 04/18/2011 3:39:02 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: DemforBush

Well I imagine it would be hard to make good yogurt at home so we should probably add to this list the whole milk version of Stonyfield French Vanilla yogurt. While it is yogurt with all the health benefits that go with it, it is so goo that it’s almost like eating ice cream. Especially when frozen blueberries are mixed in. I prefer frozen blueberries to fresh because you don’t have to worry about mold, germs (from people handling them) and spoilage.


96 posted on 04/18/2011 5:03:28 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 4 days from outliving Brandon Tarkikoff)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

The BM stuff my wife has brought home has always been great here but who knows.


97 posted on 04/18/2011 5:50:19 PM PDT by NWFLConservative (Fight Like a Girl!!...............Saracuda in 2012)
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To: An American in Turkiye

I make my own Skyline Chili with this recipe. I poured it over gnocchi last night and it was perfection.

http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/cincinnati-chili-i/Detail.aspx


98 posted on 04/18/2011 6:46:19 PM PDT by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage (Live every week like it's Shark Week!)
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To: SamAdams76

I make my own greek yoghurt with non-fat milk. It’s cheap, easy, and super healthy. I mix it with granola for my breakfast every morning.

It costs me $1 for 7 jars. It can’t be beat .


99 posted on 04/18/2011 6:48:58 PM PDT by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage (Live every week like it's Shark Week!)
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To: DemforBush

>>>Simply Lemonade

The Raspberry variety, as well as their Orange juice.


100 posted on 04/18/2011 6:49:34 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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