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Old 01-02-2005, 08:26 PM   #1
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What does "from scratch" mean to you??

I wrote a post the other day that mentioned cooking from scratch, (it was in regard to feeding kids.)

Anyway, it sure got me thinking....what does "from scratch" really mean, as I guess it's pretty subjective.

In my case, it means, cooking whole meals from beginning to end. The "cheats", (if they can be considered as such), are things like canned chicken broth, (vs. homemade) , and canned clams, like the linguine I made last night.

Also, I used canned black beans in my quesadillas. Is that still from scratch??

Anyway, what does cooking from scratch mean to you??

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Old 01-02-2005, 08:37 PM   #2
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I wouldent worry too much about quesadillas being "from scratch" or not since it's the equivalent of a grilled chese sandwich (in mexico quesadilla is tortilla and cheese, any thing you add is your own preference).

For me "from scratch" means every thing is fresh except for fermented items (soy sauce, other sauces, spirits used in the preparation, etc) and sometimes I can pass stuff such as tomato paste or as you mention canned broth, but in the situation where these would be too much trouble to make. For example a dish that has no chicken at all yet calls for broth.
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Old 01-02-2005, 08:39 PM   #3
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Hey Coco, to me scratch is anything that isn't prepackaged. So...pasta from scratch is doing the whole egg/flour, rolling dough thing. Tomato sauce from scratch can start with canned tomatoes, as it is tough to do enough of your own to feed the family all year, but after that, spices etc are your own.

I do most of my cooking from scratch, but there are a few cheats that are necessary in terms of time. Come on, working folks just don't have that kind of time anymore.

Hey Coco, nice to meet you btw. Where abouts in Vancouver are you? PM if you like, or just ignore me...I tend to be nosy. :oops:
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Old 01-02-2005, 08:48 PM   #4
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Good question! Hm. If I make something from a recipe without substituting any ingredients for anything commercially made, I would consider that made from 'scratch.' If I had a meat grinder, made my own pasta, made my own cheese, etc. that would be different. I guess 'scratch' means making everything with whatever tools you have. :?
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Old 01-02-2005, 08:51 PM   #5
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And what Alix said! I knew someone with better knowledge would beat me to it! 8)
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Old 01-02-2005, 08:53 PM   #6
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LOL DC, think we hit the "Reply" buttons at the same time?
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Old 01-02-2005, 09:01 PM   #7
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LOL! Only if you live 9 minutes in the future! That took too long to think about!
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from scratch eh?
yea you can use stuff like sauces soy sauce etc. to make stuff from scratch.
i agree with dc make everythin with w/e tools you have

cept i don't use sauces such as A1 or bbq sauce, mayo etc. dressing thats premade i make that myself. because i wanna learn the "basics"
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Old 01-02-2005, 09:03 PM   #9
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LOL! Only if you live 9 minutes in the future! That took too long to think about!
DOH!!! Guess I should check stuff like that before I open my yap!
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Old 01-02-2005, 09:10 PM   #10
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I agree with Alix's definition also. 8) I also sometimes cook from what I call "half scratch." Let me explain. If I were to dump a jar of spaghetti sauce over cooked spaghetti noodles, that would definitely not be from scratch. But if I make it with ground beef, onions, mushrooms, canned tomatoes, and a package of spaghetti mix (like Schillings), I call that half scratch. Silly, I know!

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