Do you cook from scratch? Does it even make sense anymore in today’s world? Here are some thoughts about cooking from scratch in a modern era.
Cooking From Scratch?
I read a statement a while ago on another blog that I completely disagree with.
It said that our generation isn’t interested in making things from scratch because it doesn’t make financial sense.
After I read the article, my husband and I had a talk tonight about the tortillas that I make…
Yes, I could get preservative soaked flavorless tortillas from the grocery store for $1 on sale. It cost me between $0.25 – $0.50 to make 14 fresh, preservative-free, homemade tortillas the other day. I cannot afford to buy organic tortillas all the time so I have to cook from scratch but…
What do you think? Is it not financially worth it to cook from scratch?
I love making cheese crackers at home. A box of organic cheese crackers goes for at least $4. I pay around $1 or less to make a big batch of fresh crackers.
I do think our generation is less likely to cook from scratch but I think that has to do with the way kids are being raised today. In the same blog article I also read that cooking everything from scratch is completely unpractical in this day and age. I think this is just the way of thinking for this generation and it’s not true.
As you might know in my series where I read through the Little House books and learned frugal living tips from them. If you told Ma that she should pay an arm and a leg for a little box that was basically a mixture of flour, sugar, and other cake making ingredients, she would look at you like you are crazy.
What puts us in the mindset where the beautiful art of keeping the home is unpractical in this day and age? Why should we buy things put together in a box, frozen and ready to be baked, or food out of a little window?
The Benefits to Cooking from Scratch
- Less cost for a higher quality product. Yes you might be able to get a cheap version of some product from the dollar store but that doesn’t compare to a quality product made from scratch.
- Better ingredients. You are in control over what you put in your food. If you are making everything from scratch you know exactly what’s gone into it.
- It tastes better. It just does.
- It’s healthier. If you have dietary needs, cooking from scratch is a benefit because you can tailor your foods to your needs. Can’t have salt? Leave it out. No dairy? No problem.
- It brings the family together. It’s so much fun to create new recipes together or to have a secret family recipe for a special sauce or something similar!
What do you think? Is making everything from scratch unpractical?
Maybe I’m out on a limb here but I love to teach my children about the art of homemaking and especially cooking from scratch. I’d love to hear what you all think!
This blog post on Cooking From Scratch was originally posted on Little House Living in January 2011. It has been updated as of January 2021.