What normally storebought items would you only ever make from scratch?
- LaureltQ Nov 11, 2013 02:57 PM
Less chowhoundy people tend to buy a lot of easy-to-make stuff prepackaged in the grocery store.
What are your items that wouldn't fly in your house if they weren't made from scratch?
In my house:
Caesar dressing and any type of vinaigrette
Stock (chicken, beef, etc)
Gravy (I have no idea if people other than my friend buy this in jars)
My Wegmans, a lovely store with great customer service, has a great Mediterranean food bar where everything is $8.50/lb and over, including said pico de gallo.
Which is chopped plum tomato [$1.19 lb in winter, 79c summer], onion yellow, red, 49-99 c, your choice of green chile $2.29 (serrano, jalapeno)-6.99 (thai), cilantro ($2/lg bunch) and lime (3.69/2lbs) etc. My labor and convenience value, ??? I prefer the freshness of my own tomatoes cut with my own hands under my own eyes! Takes me about 5 minutes to cut the tomatoes, onions etc.and these fixings are things I always have on hand. So, such fresh salsas definitely are cheaper for me to make at home, especially in any quantity.
Marinated olives, green ones especially. So expensive in deli cases! Preserved lemons, too. Pickled beets.
Modified Lebanese salads, where I reduce the amount of parsley, and add more legumes and veggies to my taste.
All egg, tuna and chicken salads: I blanch when I see pans of such sitting under lights in deli cases, the tops drying out and turning brownish at the corners, in even the best stores.
Many Indian snacks & mains some might prefer to purchase frozen or to order out.
Green and red thai curry paste, when the rare mood strikes.
Fresh grated coconut: it is a hassle, but essential for Indian sweets, and mandatory for any food used as votive offerings.
I made pretty much everything at home. Off the top of my head:
Mac and cheese