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?
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
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.
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.