So by now most of you are thinking I am insane or have way more time than I suggest since my recipes are from scratch and sometimes labor intensive. Because I stay at home I do have more time than a mom who works and I am really bad at sitting still. The thing is if you can find a few hours on a weekend you can do most of my recipes in bulk and then freeze them for later. Making things from scratch is usually a lot cheaper than buying them already done. If I don’t think something is worth doing from scratch then I won’t cook it and post it on here. But why pay sometimes nearly $4 for tortillas that resemble paper towels when the ones you make might cost as much as $1.50 for nearly 30! They taste so much better too and freeze just fine. I’ll post my favorite recipe for this later.
Another reason to cook from scratch is you can control what goes in your food. A long time ago I found out that all food that is manufactured has bugs, mouse droppings, rat droppings, etc in it. There is just a limit to how much can be in there! Gross, right? Well if you do it yourself then none of that need worry you. Also you don’t have to worry about chemicals, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, or whether or not something is really whole grain. If you have food allergies or need to be on a special diet cooking from scratch is nearly necessary! I am not saying you won’t get tired of cooking but it is really worth it to have the piece of mind that you know what is in your food.
If you are like most people and worried about obesity then cooking from scratch is a great idea. Not only do you control the fat in your food but if you believe that fast food or processed foods are a contributor to obesity then from scratch is the answer. If you feed yourself or your kids real food that you cooked yourself they will not want processed or fast food. I grew up on food cooked from scratch and I can literally taste the chemicals in one fast food chains fries and burgers! I feel almost poisoned if I eat there. I can also tell the difference in real mashed potatoes and ones made from a box when most people say they can’t. Once you eat the real thing you really don’t want anything else.
You can also incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet and eat more local food if you cook from scratch. I know it takes a lot of work but it really saddens me that a basic life skill like cooking is something that not everyone does anymore. It really is something everyone should know how to do and not just something for fancy chefs on tv. That is one of the reasons that I try to use easily attainable ingredients and don’t make really fancy food. I want to encourage everyone to learn to cook. My boys will not be leaving my house without knowing how to cook and you and your children should learn too. Don’t worry I will post easy recipes too. Oh and yes I am slightly insane but then even 2 out of 3 of my cats are male! I have 6 males in the house! I sometimes fantasize about covering a whole room in chintz and froufrou that would make even an Victorian gag.