Before I get started, I'd like to say I ran a search on brands in this forum and found thousands of posts. After skimming through them, I decided this topic is worth it's own special little thread (imo). If the topic has been covered, I apologize in advance.
Anywho, do name brand products really matter? I will admit, I am not a baker. I love cooking, for it's more of an abstract art, but I am not in love with the whole "concrete" form of baking. With this being said, I tend to skimp on certain baking products. I've been known to buy the generic baking soda, baking powder, salt, sugar, etc. but I feel this is blasphemy when it comes to cooking. ( Yes, I am biased ) I always buy King Arthur Flour, mainly because I love making bread, but when it comes to the ingredients I previously mentioned, they are the bottom of the barrel brands.
I know baking soda and baking powder are essential ingredients but I buy them like I buy medicine, I go for the generic brand. I think of it like a science, all baking powder should be equal... Or is it??? Have I been shopping wrong??? Are certain brands of baking powder, soda, salt, etc better than others???
European butter is made differently from American, I get that. I like my Euro butter. Fresh ingredients, are always my go to when I cook, but how do I select the best "powder" in a box, when they all seem the same to me?
Am I justified in skimping on these ingredients? If not, forgive me bakers, for I have sinned.