These 7 Foods Show That Sometimes Store-Bought Is Better (Or At Least More Practical)

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Last month I talked about DIY pantry staples that are better than their store-bought counterparts. I love stocking my kitchen with homemade foods, especially granola, tomato sauce, stock, and spice blends because it’s practical and because they taste better.

But the truth is, as much as I enjoy DIY cooking projects, there are times store-bought just feels like a better option. Here are seven foods that prove that sometimes the store-bought version is better, or at least more practical, than homemade.

While the homemade version of our favorite foods and pantry staples seems like it should save us money, there are many times when it ends up costing more. The price of ingredients can really add up.

And sometimes, the store-bought version simply tastes better.

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1. Mayonnaise

While homemade mayo requires just a few basic ingredients and takes just minutes to make, its short shelf life keeps me from making my own on a regular basis. Unless there’s an occasion when I know I’ll using a good amount, I stick with buying mayonnaise at the store.

2. Ketchup

While I really want to appreciate homemade ketchup, I have to admit that it will simply never taste as good to me as a jar of Heinz.

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3. Crackers

While homemade crackers are surprisingly easy and inexpensive to make, they’re best left for special occasions like dinner parties and holidays. The convenience factor of store-bought crackers wins out for everyday snacking.

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4. Yogurt

There’s no denying that homemade yogurt can be a truly delicious thing. But, that great taste is also dependent on quality ingredients, namely milk, which can prove pricey.

Related: Make or Buy? Yogurt

5. Pasta

Homemade pasta is truly, truly wonderful. But, there’s a time and place for it, like weekends and special occasions. Whether you stick with dried or splurge on the fresh stuff, weeknight meals are best met with store-bought pasta.

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6. Puff Pastry

Unless you have a lot of patience and a big chunk of time on your hands, save yourself the hassle and pick up a box of puff pastry in the freezer section.

7. Oreos

The internet is filled with homemade versions of this classic sandwich cookie. But nothing comes close to matching the taste of a real-deal Oreo cookie.

What are some items you prefer to buy rather than make at home?