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What do you buy that can be made (somewhat) easily at home?

I was intrigued by the "where to buy schmaltz" thread.

I would never buy schmaltz but I buy beef stock from a local caterer. So good and so much more flavorful than canned. I often buy WF ginger/carrot soup and every year at Thanksgiving I buy WF turkey gravy.

What do you buy because it easier or better than homemade?

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    1. I buy:

      bread; I hate to make it, even when I had a breadmaker.

      fresh salsa; it's cheaper than the composite ingredients

      trail mix; it's cheaper than the composite ingredients and really it's a huge splurge anyway

      Half-hour mozzarella; when I make it, it never lasts long enough to go into a recipe--because we just nibble nibble nibble!!

      and spices/aromatics... I've killed 1,000 potted things. I do not have a chia thumb

      1. mustard
        ken's italian salad dressing

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        1. re: eLizard

          i also buy bread crumbs. i do make all my own stock though....

          1. re: eLizard

            i never buy pasta sauce.

            butter is stupid easy to make. always buy. always buy salsa too.

        2. I'm guilty of buying jarred pasta sauce more often than making it. Just for the easy factor. There are so many varieties, it's not hard to find one that's pretty decent. And I often buy boxed stock.
          And bread. I just have 0 interest in breadmaking.

          1. I make all of our bread, usually in the breadmaker. 5 lbs of flour makes 4 or 5 loaves of bread. It tastes so much better than stuff from the supermarket. I make white, wheat, 100% whole wheat, Hawaiian, sourdough, olive, french, onion buns, dinner rolls, raisin, cinnamon swirl, etc.

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            1. re: Antilope

              Well good for you!!

              Is there anything you DO buy that can be made (somewhat) easily at home?

                      1. re: Antilope

                        Not sure you understood the OP, Antiope, but it would surely be tough for any of us to do our own bottled water.

                          1. re: hyacinthgirl

                            I love this technique for bottled water. Some times, I like to gild the lily a little bit with a squeeze of lemon.

                            1. re: alliegator

                              I so envy those of you with potable tap-water. (OK, I'm sure ours is technically potable, but...) We have to use a water delivery service.

                              1. re: shanagain

                                Yeah, I have been pretty lucky with my tap water. Too bad it's not the same for everyone.

                        1. re: Antilope

                          You make everything else from scratch? Holy moly. I'm jealous. I'd love to have the skill and motivation to do so.

                          1. re: Hobbert

                            The OP said what do you buy that is easy to make from scratch. Things like ketchup, mustard, pickles, etc. while possible to be made from scratch are hardly easy, IMO
                            To clarify, probably not technically hard, but time consuming, and not worth the trouble.

                            1. re: TroyTempest

                              Correct. Antilope answered that s/he makes everything from scratch and only buys bottled water as an assembled product. Impressive.