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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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Interesting list, though I would differ with the writer that most of those products are better than homemade. Better than the competition, probably. I've eaten Marie Callender pot pies, and they are quite good. Lots of veggies and nice chunks of white meat chicken. But I've made much better in my own kitchen. Probably ditto on Rao's sauce. I'm sure it's head and shoulders better than most jarred pasta sauces (what IS it with most brands putting high fructose corn syrup in pasta sauce, anyway?) But a really good marinara (or even better, Italian 'red gravy') isn't all that hard to make.

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.

1 posted on 04/17/2011 8:22:15 PM PDT by DemforBush
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To: DemforBush
No list is complete without a Costco Rotisserie Chicken

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2 posted on 04/17/2011 8:26:08 PM PDT by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: DemforBush

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.)


3 posted on 04/17/2011 8:27:35 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Baynative

Kroger is putting them in bags now. I miss the plastic bubbletop. But $4.99 and no labor is impossible to resist.


4 posted on 04/17/2011 8:29:08 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: DemforBush
can't make a twinkie at home
5 posted on 04/17/2011 8:29:10 PM PDT by stylin19a
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To: DemforBush

Funny we made very good chucked pot pie using the Puff pastry. Much better than the frozen store bought .


6 posted on 04/17/2011 8:31:01 PM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: DemforBush
Greatest frozen food ever:


7 posted on 04/17/2011 8:32:13 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: Baynative

My local grocery sells the chicken for $5.99, a good deal.


8 posted on 04/17/2011 8:32:48 PM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: DemforBush

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.


9 posted on 04/17/2011 8:34:21 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: DemforBush
Boston Market stuff is hard to beat. Their rotisserie chicken and mashed potatoes are fantastic
10 posted on 04/17/2011 8:35:16 PM PDT by NWFLConservative (Fight Like a Girl!!...............Saracuda in 2012)
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To: stylin19a

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....


11 posted on 04/17/2011 8:38:07 PM PDT by ransomnote
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To: UB355

Not bad for a $1 broiler.


12 posted on 04/17/2011 8:39:32 PM PDT by Concho (-)
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To: buccaneer81

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.


13 posted on 04/17/2011 8:39:56 PM PDT by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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To: UB355

Not bad for a $1 broiler.


14 posted on 04/17/2011 8:41:04 PM PDT by Concho (-)
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To: DemforBush
Try as I might, I cannot duplicate the epic goodness and mouthwatering deliciousness of SKYLINE CHILI! Any Freepers out there love a good three way? Only lovers of this magnificent blessing of the gods will understand what that means.
15 posted on 04/17/2011 8:42:46 PM PDT by An American in Turkiye
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To: Baynative

Luv their Hot Dead Chicken in a Box. Especially if the skin is a little burnt.

Yum!


16 posted on 04/17/2011 8:43:34 PM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: DemforBush
No matter how hard I try, my aerosol cheese spread is never as good as the store bought kind.


17 posted on 04/17/2011 8:47:23 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Shemp was the Fourth Stooge of the Apocalypse.)
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To: DemforBush

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.


18 posted on 04/17/2011 8:49:08 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Shemp was the Fourth Stooge of the Apocalypse.)
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To: DemforBush
May I suggest Charlie Van Over's pizza dough recipe. It's no fail. The food processor does all the work.

His french bread recipe only takes 45 seconds to mix in a Cuisinart. Perfect bread. So easy; follow it to the letter.

19 posted on 04/17/2011 8:53:37 PM PDT by Daffynition ("Don't just live your life, but witness it also.")
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To: An American in Turkiye

“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.


20 posted on 04/17/2011 8:54:00 PM PDT by Rembrandt (.. AND the donkey you rode in on.)
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To: DemforBush

Trader Joe’s chicken enchiladas, scones, bean and cheese burritos — or pretty much everything from TJ’s.


21 posted on 04/17/2011 8:58:04 PM PDT by Moonmad27 ("I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way." Jessica Rabbit)
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To: Jeff Chandler

lol


22 posted on 04/17/2011 9:00:27 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: Huntress

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.


23 posted on 04/17/2011 9:00:43 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Huntress

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!!


24 posted on 04/17/2011 9:01:47 PM PDT by crymeariver (Good news...in a way)
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To: An American in Turkiye; Rembrandt

I like Skyline over Goldstar. Ever had a Skyline deluxe burrito? The best.


25 posted on 04/17/2011 9:04:08 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81

Dish soap and Barkeeper’s Friend will clean anything off a glass cooktop at a fraction of that price.


26 posted on 04/17/2011 9:04:12 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: Rembrandt
Interesting. I have heard of Gold Star but have never tried it. I've actually never eaten at a Skyline. A friend bought me an 8 can pack and told me to try it. I make my own noodles and I absolutely love it. My wife, OTOH.....

I'm thinking about trying it over rice. Ever tried it that way?
27 posted on 04/17/2011 9:04:32 PM PDT by An American in Turkiye
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To: DemforBush
I disagree with the author, right out of the gate Patsy's sauce is better than Rao's. Patsy's wins Test Kitchen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAZTRYWzeOg


28 posted on 04/17/2011 9:04:49 PM PDT by Daffynition ("Don't just live your life, but witness it also.")
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To: DemforBush

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.


29 posted on 04/17/2011 9:05:09 PM PDT by magslinger (What Would Stephen Decatur Do?)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

Thanks for the tip. I go through $75 worth of the paste every year.


30 posted on 04/17/2011 9:06:09 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81

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.


31 posted on 04/17/2011 9:07:11 PM PDT by An American in Turkiye
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To: DemforBush
Not sure if my entry will fit this post but I just had to give a BIG "Thumbs Up" to P.F. Chang's Chinese dinners.
I was a "No Way" will I eat anything that comes from a grocer and is in a box or bag 'but' .. This stuff is as good as you'll find in any Chinese restaurant!

There is also plenty for a party of two.

In most stores the bags go for over nine dollars but Walmart will have them for around seven dollars from time to time.

PF CHANG

32 posted on 04/17/2011 9:07:38 PM PDT by freejohn
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To: buccaneer81

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.


33 posted on 04/17/2011 9:08:41 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: An American in Turkiye

You need to experience SkyLine in a real store. With waitress service.


34 posted on 04/17/2011 9:09:15 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81

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.


35 posted on 04/17/2011 9:09:54 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: Jeff Chandler
Tastier, yes, but you cannot compete with nitrous oxide for fluffiness.

...or do it yourself dentistry.
36 posted on 04/17/2011 9:10:12 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: DemforBush

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.


37 posted on 04/17/2011 9:11:48 PM PDT by bigbob (u)
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To: An American in Turkiye
Try this:

SkyLine Burrito

38 posted on 04/17/2011 9:12:42 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

Thanks for the tip.


39 posted on 04/17/2011 9:14:39 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: magslinger

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.)


40 posted on 04/17/2011 9:16:07 PM PDT by DemforBush (Of all the Thompson gunners, Roland was the best.)
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To: bigbob

LOL!!!


41 posted on 04/17/2011 9:16:38 PM PDT by DemforBush (Of all the Thompson gunners, Roland was the best.)
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To: mass55th
I use a splatter screen over my pot when making my sauce.

We did too, but found it about as effective as using it for bacon. Maybe we need a lot smaller mesh size.

42 posted on 04/17/2011 9:17:02 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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"Maybe we need a lot smaller mesh size."

Mine is a very fine mesh.

43 posted on 04/17/2011 9:20:34 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: An American in Turkiye

” A friend bought me an 8 can pack and told me to try it.”

Frozen? Ewwwwwwww!

I guess Gold Star would be ok over rice except I only like sticky rice or Spanish fried rice.


44 posted on 04/17/2011 9:24:07 PM PDT by Rembrandt (.. AND the donkey you rode in on.)
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To: bigbob

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.


45 posted on 04/17/2011 9:28:30 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: buccaneer81

“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.


46 posted on 04/17/2011 9:28:50 PM PDT by Rembrandt (.. AND the donkey you rode in on.)
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To: DemforBush

Carmel corn


47 posted on 04/17/2011 9:33:01 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: DemforBush

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.


48 posted on 04/17/2011 9:33:13 PM PDT by magslinger (What Would Stephen Decatur Do?)
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To: DemforBush
I make my own Pizza dough and it is way better than any premade dough.

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.

49 posted on 04/17/2011 9:35:57 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: buccaneer81
That is the truth. It is very good, but Prego is good and allot less messy!
50 posted on 04/17/2011 9:36:41 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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