Learning to cook from scratch is a skill, but one that is beneficial to learn. Home cooking can be fun and creative.
“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.” ~ Julia Child
Life is busy and sometimes convenience food is the easiest way to get food on the table for your family, but here are five benefits of cooking from scratch.
1. You Know What You Are Eating
You are in control of everything you eat. You can modify recipes for any specific food allergies or just to keep dyes, chemicals and preservatives out of your kitchen. Home cooked food is healthier for you and for your family.
2. Better Taste
Homemade food tastes better than convenience food. Food prepared at home is fresh and flavorful.
3. Saves You Money
Learning to cook from scratch will save you money at the grocery store. You will shop for ingredients that will be made into delicious meals instead of spending money on ready-made meals or takeout.
4. Connects You To The Seasons
Seasonal cooking lets you use fresh, delicious produce. During winter you may choose to eat soups and stews made with root vegetables, fresh fruits and vegetables in summer, squash, apples and broccoli in the fall. If you can, try to purchase produce from farmers’ markets and taste the difference between a fresh, in-season apple and one purchased from a grocery store. Another way to connect with your food is to grow a small vegetable or herb garden.
5. Brings Family Together
Cooking with your family is a great way to connect and spend time together. Making a meal from scratch is a simple way to teach your children about healthy eating habits and the value in enjoying a meal together. It also creates strong family bonds and happy memories.
Do you cook from scratch?