11 Foods You Shouldn’t Bother Making at Home

While I’m not afraid to tackle big-project recipes like homemade linguine with slow-cooked duck ragu sauce, an elaborate multi-step chocolate caramel layer cake, and ice cream sandwiches with homemade gingersnaps and peach ice cream, when it comes to certain everyday ingredients, some are simply easier to buy than to make. Not only do you save money by letting the grocery store do the work, but you also save time—something that all of us with increasingly busy lives are often lacking. Wondering which food items you shouldn’t bother making at home? Here are 11 ingredients that will always be in my shopping cart, rather than stressing me out in the kitchen.