Skip to comments.8 Grocery Store Products that are Better than Homemade, really
Posted on 04/17/2011 8:22:12 PM PDT by DemforBush
Usually, the imitation, short-cut, version just doesnt hold a candle to the original. Consider: Spray tans. Toupees. Press-On Nails. But when it comes to food, most of us dont have the time to make everything from scratch. So over the years Ive 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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I admit I'm totally on board with the premade pizza dough at Whole Foods, though. I can cook most anything, but I tend to be something of a train wreck when it comes to making yeast doughs/breads, LOL.
Homemade Italian sauce is incredibly labor intensive to clean up after (I was married to an Italian family once. It’s worse than washing dishes in a restaurant.)
Kroger is putting them in bags now. I miss the plastic bubbletop. But $4.99 and no labor is impossible to resist.
Funny we made very good chucked pot pie using the Puff pastry. Much better than the frozen store bought .
My local grocery sells the chicken for $5.99, a good deal.
Yeah, I’m sorry to say that if they think that stuff is better than what I can make in my kitchen, they haven’t eaten in my kitchen.
Ever since the finale of My Kitchen Rules (an absolutely AMAZING AU TV show), I’m going to try my hand at making puff pastry. Until now, it’s been one of those things that we always accepted buying in. But I do enjoy a challenge. :D
If they think that jarred sauce can compete with my marinara, they’re on crack. Ditto the whipped cream and the pot pie. Pizza dough is pretty easy to make. I did learn from a NYC pizza shop owner though.
Years ago someone came out with all the recipes for Twinkies, Ho Ho’s, Ding Dongs etc. In a talk show format, the person who wrote the book distributed homemade Twinkies to the audience members who inevitably squealed “You mean THAT is what a TWINKIE is supposed to taste like??? (sans preservatives that give it a shelf life of 80 plus years”. So maybe you can’t get the Twinkies brand but technically, it’s possible to get the essence of Twinkie in your own kitchen.
Hmmm....I never realized how absurd the name Twinkies was until I had to write it three times in this post....
Not bad for a $1 broiler.
I don’t know if my Italian sauce is even remotely authentic (I’m not Italian), but it is hard to clean up. One of the ingredients is parmesan cheese, so it coats anything it touches with sticky residue. I haven’t, however, been able to top it with a store-bought sauce.
Not bad for a $1 broiler.
Luv their Hot Dead Chicken in a Box. Especially if the skin is a little burnt.
Seriously, though, you will NEVER make whipped cream as light and airy as canned. Tastier, yes, but you cannot compete with nitrous oxide for fluffiness.
His french bread recipe only takes 45 seconds to mix in a Cuisinart. Perfect bread. So easy; follow it to the letter.
“Any Freepers out there love a good three way?”
Actually, I like a good five way with hot sauce and oyster crackers much better, although it must be purchased from Gold Star, never Sky Line! Skileeenies has lousy noodles.
Trader Joe’s chicken enchiladas, scones, bean and cheese burritos — or pretty much everything from TJ’s.
We have a flat glass stovetop. It’s a nightmare and a $5 bottle of cleaner to work on it. I finally tiled the wall around the range so that the paint wasn’t stained by the sauce.
I’m Italian and my family owned a well known Italian restaurant with famous sauce. I have found that Mario Batalli’s marinara is delicious!!
I like Skyline over Goldstar. Ever had a Skyline deluxe burrito? The best.
Dish soap and Barkeeper’s Friend will clean anything off a glass cooktop at a fraction of that price.
Canned pumpkin. Mrs Mag and I made pumpkin pies from scratch one year. They were about this much better (Magslinger holds his finger and thumb 1/64th of an inch apart) than those made with canned “pumpkin.” With all of the extra work involved, forget it.
There is a local bakery that makes topping ready pizza crusts that are better than anything in a grocery store and most pizzerias.
Thanks for the tip. I go through $75 worth of the paste every year.
Nope, but it sounds good. Do you have a recipe? I live in California, and I’m sure the food nazi’s here would ban any restaurants from opening here.
I use a splatter screen over my pot when making my sauce. It allows the steam to escape while the sauce simmers, and keeps the sauce from getting all over the place. When my sauce is done, I just wash the screen.
You need to experience SkyLine in a real store. With waitress service.
BKF is incredibly versatile. I had never heard of it until I got some All-Clad pans and they recommended it to clean them. It’s truly amazing stuff. The powder, not the liquid stuff. I haven’t tried the liquid stuff, but I’ve read bad things.
Except for the Marie Callendar pot pies I’ve never even heard of any of that crap. But there’s one thing that just about any store-bought beats the homemade kind, and that’s hard liquor. And you don’t go blind or wonder what happened to the lining of your throat either.
Thanks for the tip.
I always use a good brand of plain canned pumpkin for my punkin’ pies too. Works great.
Also makes a good starting point for a semi-spicy cream of pumpkin soup I make sometimes. (as long as I remember to make sure it’s the plain pumpkin and not the pre-spiced pie filling kind, LOL.)
We did too, but found it about as effective as using it for bacon. Maybe we need a lot smaller mesh size.
Mine is a very fine mesh.
” A friend bought me an 8 can pack and told me to try it.”
I guess Gold Star would be ok over rice except I only like sticky rice or Spanish fried rice.
Aldi’s has a frozen chicken pot pie that is remarkably tasty, even when prepared in the microwave. And it’s $6 for four, not $4 for one.
“I like Skyline over Goldstar. Ever had a Skyline deluxe burrito? The best.”
I lived in Cincinnati for 30 years (FL now) and tried Skyline a couple of times. I actually got started with Empress but eventually ended up with Gold Star.
Never had a Skyline deluxe burrito and probably never will.
My wife sometimes makes a pumpkin chiffon pie similar, if not identical, to this one: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Pumpkin-Chiffon-Pie-I/Detail.aspx
I like a nice pumpkin custard pie as well as the next guy, but a pie that has most of the flavor and is a little lighter after stuffing myself with turkey and all of the fixings is kind of appealing.
The key to good dough is patients. You can not rush the steps.
Besides I only use honey in the dough instead of sugar to activate the yeast. Something about it makes the dough just exquisite. A real simple and fun thing to do is to make your own pizza at home with the family. It is cheap and the kids love it. I estimate that I make three pizzas for way less than $5 total.
My Pasta sauce is pretty darn good too, fresh from the garden tomatoes. The idea of spending $9 on a jar of pasta sauce is STUPID.
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