Posted by Tim Stobbs on March 1, 2007
Well I’ll apologize in advance if this post makes no sense. The kid last night decided to wake us up not once, or three, but five times. So I’m barely awake and I’m paying more attention to when my coffee maker will stop brewing so I can make it through the day.
The other day I was talking to a few friends at lunch and the topic of making your food came up. One fellow was eating a brownie that he made from a kit, while another was eating a can of pre-made soup for lunch. When I pulled out my lunch of leftovers they were impressed. It was homemade chicken nuggets and this the conversation that followed.
Friend 1: Ooo, where do you buy such small chicken nuggets?
CD: My wife made them.
Friend 1: Well that’s a lot of work.
CD: No, it wasn’t. Just cut up chicken and coast in breadcrumbs with a few spices and bake for 15 minutes. It was easy.
Friend 2: No making this brownie was easy. Just add water to the mix and bake.
CD: Ok, how much did you pay for your kit?
Friend 2: I’m not sure but about $3.
CD: Well it takes me perhaps five extra minutes and I can make that from scratch for around $0.25.
Friend 1: Ok, but can you make a soup like this?
CD: Yes, how do you think I use up some of my leftovers? I make soup on the weekend.
So this lead me to a thought. People need to get back to their kitchens and remember how to cook (or learn if they don’t know). It’s cheaper, healthier and it is a skill you will use daily for your entire life.
Unlike the rest of the population I have a special motivation. I used to work for a chemical distribution company, so I have seen all those chemical additives to prepackaged foods. Trust me when I say that once you have seen them in their raw form you will try to avoid those additives for the rest of your life. My skin still crawls when I think about it.