What commercially available foods are so good (though not necessarily better) that it deters you from making the homemade equivalent?
Stressing that I am not saying that the commercially available items are necessarily better than what can be made at home, but just that they are of such high quality that -- in light of everything else including time and effort -- there's almost no point in making the homemade version.
The Costco / Kirkland Super Premium Vanilla Ice Cream fits that bill for me.
Honestly, I think that big tub of Kirkland ice cream might be the best commercially available ice cream around -- regardless of price. I put it up against any and all super-premium artisan brand vanilla ice creams out there, e.g. Carmela, Laloo's, Silver Moon, etc.. And, while I might not win every round, I think I'd come out OK in the final score card.
Don't even get me started on brands like Häagen-Dazs, Ben & Jerry's, Turkey Hill, Blue Bunny, Edy's etc. Kirkland would lap those vanilla creations.
Now, I might be able to make a better vanilla ice cream at home, but factoring in cost and effort and time, it's almost not worth it.
usually the things that are time/cost prohibitive...
like cheese or milk...i dont have room for a herd of cows in my apt
or ice cream like u said...and i liked wawa's vanilla bean back in the day...
deli meats..boars head is pretty good stuff...
bacon...same with pigs...
most of time i can cook or mostly make anything...but time and money do work against u
and this can also bring society into this discussion..now that we are mostly industrialized i dont need or have time to make everything that i need..thus i trade my skill at fixing cars(which i am really good at)
for somone elses skill to make other things i need...
but yes i am pretty sure i can/could make all those better or as good...
My first thought was bread. I have never been able to duplicate a good artisan bread or make a homemade loaf of bread in which the slices are as soft and pliable as store bought, especially whole wheat.
I have become a fan of precooked bacon. So easy, no greasy mess or burning splatters.
I just splurged on some greek yogurt rather than drain some regular yogurt.
Pie crust, puff pastry and pasta although I have never wanted to make puff pastry from scratch.
I don't think I've come across a commercially available pie crust that would deter me from making my own pie crust.
Ditto on the thoughts re: puff pastry. Probably better than anything I would make at home, but then I don't think I've ever really tried making puff pastry seriously at home.
I don't know why but I don't have the special magic required to make pastry. I don't know what it is, but I have just never been blessed by the pastry gods, no matter how many sacrifices and rituals I undertake. So I am a sad purchaser of pastry, not because I don't want to make it, but because it is sadly better than what I can produce myself.
I long for the day the pastry gods smile upon me.
Mayonnaise, specifically Duke's. I know homemade mayo is supposed to be, like, a transcendent experience, but Duke's is mighty good and I can't be bothered to dirty a blender, food processor, or bowl and whisk when I can just open a jar.
I'd love to try that ice cream, ipse. I've found I don't even really eat ice cream that much, even though I like it, because most of what's available in the store is just not that great compared to homemade.