I've been pleasantly surprised, actually, with most of the generic stuff I've purchased. From frozen waffles to cream soups to wheat pasta, I haven't found much of a difference in quality at all.
However, there are just a few things that can't give up. A few brands that I hold near and dear to my heart and no matter how much I try to go cheaper or generic, I just can't part with them. I just can't. I've tried.
This category includes Viva paper towels, Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and Mrs. Renfro's salsa (garlic is my personal favorite). I've tried buying the cheaper paper towels. BUT I JUST CAN'T STICK WITH IT. Viva paper towels are so ... so ... soft and cloth-like. Why compromise? And the olive oil? I can't part with my Bertolli (perhaps it is the way I roll the "r" that makes it so appealing to me). And the salsa ... well, I've tried going with a generic or with Pace, but I just can't wave goodbye to Mrs. Renfro.
So. What about you? When you make your menu for the week and hash out the ingredients, what are the things that you know you won't be able to compromise on?
Have a lovely weekend, friends!