Home made is definitely best
Many decades ago the US Consumer Reports (previously known as Consumer’s Union), the granddaddy of consumer advocacy, used to extol the virtues of home made this and that from bread to name it, and that approach spread throughout most of their tests of the times.
An astute subscriber wrote in (this was the 1960’s or 1970’s!) making the point it was not about which was best or most economical, but with the advent of both partners working and juggling families it was not about whether home made is best, but about whether there will be [hummus|bread|fill-it-in] or not for dinner.
The basic query was akin to ‘Would you work an extra 3 hours to make bread to save $0.50 after coming home from work or do you want dinner?’ It made the point and over the next year there was a slow but obvious shift whereby the organisation adopted a more contemporary approach and editorial style because they also realised some people feel marginalised or inadequate when they are on the receiving end of ‘home made is best’ about most everything when they are working to get by and do not have the time or sometimes the skills to do home made. From organisations like Choice they want to know about the best they can buy. Some see discussions extolling ‘home made’ as a judgement on them, not a discussion on the [food]. We are not all contestants on cooking shows
‘Home made is best’ seems to pop up in most of the food discussions… hence this comment.