Pre-made ingredients come in bottles, boxes, and bags. They are convenience foods and should be used sparingly. However, some packaged foods are better than others. Check ingredient lists and choose pre-made ingredients with the shortest ingredient list.
- Most pre-made ingredients are shelf-stable and can be stored in your pantry. Check the expiration date to see how long it's good for.
- Some pre-made ingredients need to be refrigerated right away or after opening. See directions on label and check expiration date or "best by" date.
Why It's Great
- Pre-made ingredients can save time, but be careful of high sodium, fat, or sugar amounts. These are used in place of better ingredients to extend shelf life or improve flavor.
- Read labels and ingredients carefully. Choose the item with the lowest number of ingredients listed.