10 Foods People Prefer Processed vs Homemade

Many believe homemade food is always superior to processed or pre-packaged options. But is that always the case? In the world of food, certain items people insist taste better when processed. Recently in an online discussion on a platform, people have shared such foods and why they believe they taste better when they're not homemade.

1. Ketchup

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Ketchup, the beloved condiment that has been a staple in households for generations, is a food item many people insist tastes better when processed. According to a user, professional chefs recommend using store-bought ketchup because making it from scratch is time-consuming and doesn't quite match up to the processed version. So why spend hours in the kitchen trying to make something that won't be as good as the store-bought option? At times, it's optimal to adhere to the tried and tested methods.

2. Dinosaur Chicken Nuggets

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Let's be honest, we all have our guilty food pleasures, and for one user, that's dinosaur chicken nuggets. Sure, they may be processed and filled with unnatural ingredients, but something about their fun, the prehistoric shape makes them taste better than regular chicken nuggets. Maybe it's the feeling of being transported back in time to when we were carefree kids, but whatever it is, these little nuggets bring a smile to our faces.

3. Tater Tots

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Who doesn't love a good tater, tot? They're crunchy, flavorful, and just plain delicious. And while some may argue that homemade tater tots are the way to go, a particular user disagrees. They believe that the store-bought version is simply unbeatable regarding taste and texture. Homemade tots can't replicate that perfect crunch that we all crave. Sometimes, it's okay to give in and indulge in processed goodness.

4. Cranberry Sauce

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Thanksgiving feast is incomplete without the tangy cranberry sauce, yet for someone, the grooves in it can alter the experience entirely. They insist that the ridges give the sauce a certain texture and taste that cannot be replicated from scratch. So, why bother spending hours cooking up a batch when the canned version is better?

5. Green Bean Casserole

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The classic green bean casserole is a must-have at most festive gatherings, and according to a user, the canned components are what render it truly delectable. They believe that the canned beans and canned cream of mushroom add a unique flavor and texture that cannot be replicated when made from scratch. Sometimes, it's better to stick with tradition and enjoy the classic canned version.

6. Boxed Brownies

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When it comes to desserts, there are few things as tempting as a fresh batch of brownies. But for another commenter, the only brownies that truly hit the spot are the boxed variety. Despite trying multiple homemade brownie recipes, they claim that they are different from the texture and flavor of boxed Betty Crocker brownies. Sometimes, it's best to give in to the processed goodness.

7. Oreos

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Oreos, the classic cookie we all know and love, is a food item many people insist tastes better when processed. One user admits to attempting to make homemade Oreos but claims they are not the same and are “missing something.” Homemade versions cannot replicate the unique flavor and texture of Oreos. So, sometimes, indulging in a little processed goodness is okay.

8. BBQ Sauce/ Salsa

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According to several chefs, somebody in the thread states that condiments like BBQ sauce, hot sauce, salsa, and other similar items taste better processed. The user explains that the reason behind this belief is that these products are readily available in the market, and the best ones are already on the shelves. Therefore, it is not worth the effort to make them from scratch.

9. Pizza Rolls

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Pizza rolls are a snack food that many of us love to indulge in from time to time. And while some may argue that homemade versions are the way to go, one user disagrees. According to them, something about the preservative pockets in the frozen, pre-packaged variety cannot be reproduced at home. So, it's best to stick with the store-bought version for pizza rolls.

10. Fried Chicken

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At last, a culinary trailblazer boldly proclaims that the supreme sovereign of their sacred kitchen realm is none other than the mighty fried chicken! They need help to make their homemade version when Popeyes is right there. Another user agrees, stating that they last made fried chicken at home over 10 years ago because it won't be better than Popeyes, and it won't be cheaper either, especially if there's a special going on.

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