Is scratch cooking at home a lost art? That all depends on your definition of scratch.
Most people today would agree that if it is homemade that is close enough, even if a few of the ingredients were pre-made. Lets not focus on the exact definition of scratch cooking, instead lets talk about the benefits of home cooking in general.
1) Control. Preparing food at home gives you control. The best part of cooking at home is that you have the power to choose what goes into you dish and control over how it is prepared.
2) Portion size. This is a huge issue when eating out. Most restaurants serve over sized portions of the wrong types of food. On the surface this practice makes sense (more food translates to better value), but when it comes to a healthy diet more does not always mean better.
3) Budget. We all know that cooking at home on a regular basis can save money. Eating out, as well as buying pre-made food can be up to twice as expensive as preparing the same meal at home. Not to mention all the use you can get out of those leftovers.
4) Family time. The best part of cooking at home is the possibility of the entire family coming together to prepare the meal. Cooking should not be the job of just one person. There is a job of some kind that any family member regardless of skill can contribute. The memories created while working with food and family can last forever.
These are just a few of the benefits of home cooking. Whether cooking completely from scratch or utilizing some pre-made items in your dishes, there is a huge amount of satisfaction to be gained. What are some of your favorite scratch/ homemade dishes?
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