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Old 01-05-2015, 10:20 PM   #1
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What do you buy that you can make?

Is there anything that you can make in your kitchen but buy it made instead? For me its croissants, I can make them and they honestly come better in my kitchen than the ones I buy from the bakery and market{probably because they are hot out of the oven}... But its one of the things I HATE making, and out of the say 30 batches I have done in my life, I have destroyed and discarded at least 4 of them.
The last time I made them my wife made me promise not to make them anymore, I was sitting on the kitchen floor punching a zip lock bag full of dough with butter in my hair, that led to a crying shower scene

So whats your white whale, you would love to make but hate making it?

PS a close second is Baklava {same scene as above except honey in my hair}

Close third is sfogliatella {probably spelt that wrong}...

To add insult to injury all 3 of them items are on my 10 top favorite foods list too...

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Old 01-06-2015, 08:00 AM   #2
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We buy because of not having the time to make involved recipes.
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Old 01-06-2015, 12:04 PM   #3
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Old 01-06-2015, 12:54 PM   #4
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There's a countless number of things I buy that could be made in my kitchen. That's true for almost everybody from those who only buy flour and sugar, to those who only eat out and don't cook at all. I guess I don't understand the question.
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Old 01-06-2015, 01:04 PM   #5
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I took the question to mean difficult and/or time consuming things to make. Like, I probably won't ever make puff pastry again, even the "quick" version because I can buy a decent quality product. Same goes for phyllo dough.

As far as every day things, we occasionally make stock but for the most part buy it because it's just more convenient, bread too for that matter unless it's something not readily available commercially. I do make croutons simply because I vastly prefer the taste of homemade.

And there are some things that we make because we like ours better than what is available in the store, like Andouille sausage. Maybe we'd buy it if we were in LA but in S Florida, only 1 commercially available brand and we don't particularly like the taste of the locally made stuff in the 1 and only place that makes it. There is 1 place that carries LA made Andouille but the price is sky high.

Of course there are a multitude of other things, as Kayelle noted, that can be made in a home kitchen but aren't much anymore because of time and convenience factors.
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Old 01-06-2015, 01:41 PM   #6
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Jarred pasta sauces, spiffed up to blend flavors I prefer. Once in awhile I make red sauce from scratch, but even then I start with canned tomatoes unless it is garden season.

Where I really hang my head is buying Smoked BBQ ribs from a local take out BBQ joint. In winter, which is about 2/3 of the year here, there is no way I am going to hang around outdoors while something cooks low and slow. Yeh yah, I could insert a remote thermometer and stay inside. In good weather, cooking ribs doesn't require a constant vigil, actually, one should leave them alone and keep the grill cover Closed. I have probably dozens of oven baked ribs recipes to try. It's soooo easy to buy take out. The only real rationalization that I find plausible is that they are affordable, and that's because I am not as heavy an eater as I once was. So at about $20+ incl coleslaw and excellent potatoes, I get about 4 servings, which is affordable. Their Chopped/ pulled pork is even better deal, ($12, was $9 per pound until recently) Their scale, if they have one consists of Filling a large square take out box. I usually get 8- 10 sandwiches equivalent.

Yes to burgers Out. Yes to Good burgers out. (Yes to burgers at home too.) Sometimes its just nice to let someone else do the cooking.
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Old 01-06-2015, 02:12 PM   #7
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I took the question to mean difficult and/or time consuming things to make. Like, I probably won't ever make puff pastry again, even the "quick" version because I can buy a decent quality product. Same goes for phyllo dough.

As far as every day things, we occasionally make stock but for the most part buy it because it's just more convenient, bread too for that matter unless it's something not readily available commercially. I do make croutons simply because I vastly prefer the taste of homemade.

And there are some things that we make because we like ours better than what is available in the store, like Andouille sausage. Maybe we'd buy it if we were in LA but in S Florida, only 1 commercially available brand and we don't particularly like the taste of the locally made stuff in the 1 and only place that makes it. There is 1 place that carries LA made Andouille but the price is sky high.

Of course there are a multitude of other things, as Kayelle noted, that can be made in a home kitchen but aren't much anymore because of time and convenience factors.
I'm so glad to hear you say that. I was starting to think I was the only person here who actually prefers Swanson's chicken broth over my own.
I buy it both because of convenience and taste. Costco has it at around 60 cents a can, so it's not worth my while to make it either.
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...we occasionally make stock but for the most part buy it because it's just more convenient, bread too for that matter...
Same here for those items, and probably many more. Some days you pick your battle and decide between winning time or winning "home-made". We like Panera bread considering they're a chain, but they bake fresh, in-house every day. I can drive to Panera faster than I could assemble and mix the ingredients at home. The next closest bakery that does from-scratch bread is about 30 miles away. When they were our closest option I baked bread more often.

Also, burgers. Good, juicy, medium rare char-grilled burgers. We have two places we favor when we want a summer burger and it's cold or raining. If we can't make it at home, we head there.
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Old 01-06-2015, 05:28 PM   #9
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I buy all sorts of things that I could make at home.

For me it makes more sense to buy a single serving of many things than it does to load up the pantry and refrigerator with all sorts of things that I will not use up or should not eat.

It's also fun to see how the other guy does it!

I don't eat them anymore, but I used to buy pierogi from a local church group rather than make them at home.
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Old 01-06-2015, 06:14 PM   #10
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The first thing that came to mind is Frozen Burritos.

I could most likely make them that taste better but tossing one in the microwave for 1 minute and 15 seconds. Pouring "Hot" salsa on top and I've got a really quick and tasty fuel for the system when it's needed.

And this just made me realize #2. The salsa.
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