Over the years as I’ve developed my website and generated daily posts for my readers, I frequently comment in those posts that cooking is an art and a survival skill we all need. It seems cooking is a traditional skill, like sewing, that so many members of our next generation have not been taught.
With all the weather-related challenges I’ve seen on TV and been reading about lately, I thought it would be appropriate to discuss why we need to know how to cook.
In generations past people really didn’t have much of a choice, they fixed meals in their cave or hut, or they went hungry. The advent of fast-food restaurants and the convenience of drive-thru windows has drastically changed that. Many families are used to visiting a Mcdonald’s and calling their meal a healthy response to hunger pangs.
I’m so grateful my mother took the time to teach me and my sisters to cook. The kitchen is my favorite room in the house. I feel at peace and comfortable working at the counter as my fingers cut, dice, chop, peel, mix, and stir foods during meal preparation. It is truly my most cherished activity on any given day.
As someone who prides myself on being self-sufficient, and one who enjoys sharing my passion for food preparation and being prepared for the unexpected on so many levels, today’s post is from my heart as we learn together the key aspects of why we need to know how to cook. Let’s get started.
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Why We Need To Know How To Cook
Cooking at Home Makes Dealing with an Emergency Much Easier
In times of emergency, we really don’t know what to expect from one moment to the next. Stores and fast-food outlets may not be open for business due to flooding, power outages, wind damage, etc.
If we’ve prepared for the unexpected, we have food in the pantry, water in a storage tank, and devices we can use to cook a meal. It really provides not only the nourishment we need to keep going, but the confidence we can “weather” any storm.
You Get to Eat Foods You Enjoy
Just think, you don’t have to count on Taco Tuesdays or wait for Fresh Fish Fridays at your favorite restaurant, you can fix anything you want whenever you want and relish every minute of it because you’re cooking what you like, every day.
If you’ve planned ahead and shopped each week based on what your family enjoys eating together, mealtimes become more pleasant, and the kids eat what’s good for them too.
You Can Prepare Meals Based on the Special Needs of Family Members
In today’s world, it seems that just about every family has a member with special dietary needs. It could be diabetes, gluten intolerance, nut allergies, etc. If you are preparing meals at home, you have the ability, under the direction of a doctor or dietician, to fix meals that won’t be detrimental, and probably do so cheaper than if you ordered food in.
Meals Can Be Prepared Using Foods Produced on Your Property
We talk every week about gardening, harvesting healthy plants, raising birds or animals, and so much more. If you have a successful garden growing, and/or have animals you are raising to eat, there should be plenty of options available to prepare quality meals without having to always rely on the local food store.
You Know What is in the Recipes and Complete Meals Being Prepared
So many foods today are considered “processed.” From farmer to your plate there are so many hands that get involved with getting food supplies to your home. In many cases, even when you read the labels, you really don’t know what is in the food.
I have harped for years that we need to learn how to cook from scratch so we know what is included in our meals and we control content from start to finish. By scratch, I don’t mean buying a box of cake mix. I’m suggesting you pull the ingredients together from your kitchen pantry and make recipe meals that are healthy and tasty.
By knowing what is in each meal you prepared, you can feel confident that you are feeding your family truly healthy, well-rounded, and nutritious meals. I also feel that home-prepared meals actually taste better, in most cases.
Cooking Meals at Home can be an Uplifting Experience
If you do a lot of cooking at home, you gain confidence in your food prep skills. You’ll see your self-esteem soar as you watch your family and friends snarf down a delicious meal. You’ll feel even better when positive comments come your way about the flavor, texture, and artistic presentation of those meals.
Home Cooked Meals are Easier on Your Food Budget
I used to have a neighbor who loved to cook at home, but she complained about her food budget every month. One day I asked her what kinds of meals she liked to prepare. I was shocked when she started listing items Mark and I seldom buy because we feel they are too expensive. She told me how much she loved fresh salmon, t-bone stakes, fresh shrimp, and other costly items.
I’m all for fixing fancy meals from time to time, but I’m one who looks for things like case lot sales, clearance items in the meat department, buying things when in season, etc. I know that restaurants can buy their food supplies cheaper than I can, in most cases, but there isn’t any way they can then turn around and sell me a prepared meal for a price that includes their overhead, not counting tips, for what I can spend for the same meal prepared at home.
Also, Mark and I aren’t afraid to plan meals that have more volume than just one sitting. We’ll enjoy the meal again during the week from the leftovers, they’re delicious too.
My Favorite Recipes
You Can Teach Your Kids to be Good Cooks and More Self-Sufficient
I’m glad my daughters grew up loving to be in the kitchen. Most have ended up being “working moms,” but they still find time on most days to fix quality meals. I worry about today’s youth who not only don’t see their parents cooking meals, but haven’t been taught at home how it’s done.
I feel we as parents have a duty to discuss healthy eating habits, and that includes learning to shop wisely, having a weekly menu to follow so you have the right ingredients available, and then teaching them how to follow recipes so the prepared food turns out how it should.
If your children don’t learn at home, where will they? Don’t count on them taking a “home economics” class during high school or college, it won’t happen, at least in most states now. Set them up for a happy and healthy future by having them learn how best to cook at home.
You Might Even Lose Some Weight
Unless you’re one who “pieces” on the food while you’re preparing it, or overeating when you sit down to enjoy the meal, you can possibly lose some weight by preparing meals geared for healthy weight loss. Plan to eat lots of fruits and veggies, serve the meals on smaller plates so when those plates are filled, they really have less food and calories, and skip those delicious desserts we all love. It also helps to eat meals earlier in the evening rather than right before bedtime.
You Can Share Your Prepared Meals with Neighbors in Need
There really isn’t anything more gratifying than taking a hot meal to a neighbor who is ill, lost a loved one, working crazy schedules, or just needs a “lift me up.” You not only help them, but it brings joy to you and your family, particularly if they helped prepare and deliver it.
To see the light in someone else’s eyes as they contemplate eating the meal is priceless. In case you missed this post, 20 Common Kitchen Tools You Need
Why We Need To Know How To Cook
Some of my favorite kitchen tools:
As you know from reading my posts, and from my comments in this discussion, I do love to fix and eat at home, it’s just me. Tell me why you like cooking at home, I’d love to hear. May God Bless this world. Linda
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