Cooking from scratch

The simple act of cooking at home will improve the quality and health of your food more than anything else you can do. As you cook at home you will have more control over the ingredients, both what they are and their quality. Also, your satisfaction with a meal can be enhanced by the entire experience of cooking and preparing, causing you to need less food in the end.

I do want to clarify what exactly is the definition of cooking a meal from scratch. I’ve had a few people tell me that they always cook from scratch at home, and then I find out that they are baking biscuits from a can, smothering it in gravy made from a packet, and calling it homemade biscuits and gravy. Or they will make a cake or brownies from a box and call it homemade, from scratch.

If your food came from a box, pouch, packet, or most of the freezer section, it is not “homemade.”

In the example above, if you instead use flour (whole wheat, please), butter, salt, baking powder, and milk to make a dough that you then roll out and form into biscuits, and then use butter, whole wheat flour, milk, salt, and pepper to make a real cream gravy, then you can call it a cooked from scratch biscuits and gravy.

The fewer steps it takes from when it was grown until it goes in your mouth, the better.

Most of all, no matter how good or bad of a cook you are, go cook! Make mistakes, burn stuff, try new things, and soon you’ll be enjoying the time you spend in the kitchen. Bon appetit!

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