10 Generic Foods That Just Don’t Make the Grade


I came across this list of products where generics just don’t cut it. Some of the items surprised me, while a few of the others were no brainers.

  • Butter-this one rather surprised me. I bake a lot and have only had to get European style butter for a couple of recipes, and have always been pleased with the results. The difference to me is paying attention to salted and non-salted and using which is specified.
  • Soda
  • Ketchup-Yep, this one surprised me! We’re not huge into Heinz in our house, preferring Hunts with no corn syrup if I don’t make it myself.
  • Makeup-they say that more expensive brands typically have more color or last longer.
  • Diet Foods, like Lean Cuisine meals
  • Processed Cheeses-this one I can attest to! In college I tried to save a buck and instead of Kraft, I bought the store brand of Singles to make grilled cheese-not one of my finer cooking moments. There are more local dairies that do make good cheese Singles though!
  • Beer
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Dish Detergent-the article claims that these generics are less efficient and you may need to run a cycle more than once.
  • Salsa

What do you think? Are there items that you just have to buy the name brand of?


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