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Old 10-23-2010, 08:00 AM   #1
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Supermarket Slobs!

Just nipped in to my local supermarket and the amount of ppl that have their trollies stacked high with processed pre-cooked CRAP has shocked me.....is it just me or does it 'seem' to be easier to wack something in the oven for half hour, dish it up and serve...why???

Is it really such a massive effort to prepare veggies and glaze some fresh meat to cook in the oven?? who actually said that if you cook from scratch that it has to be gourmet style...

Slow cookers are so easy to use and once you have everything in it (choice of meat,veg,herbs,veg stock..) cook on high for 7+ hours all day you will have yummy hearty meals that contain ONLY what you have put in them!!!!! Any 1 else see this or are the ppl in my home town going to the dogs? :(


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Old 10-23-2010, 09:08 AM   #2
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When I had the greenhouses, I had a young woman working for me who was quite plump, which was surprising to me, because she was a hard worker. One day she brought something (don't remember what) to work in a grocery bag, and I later found her itemized grocery receipt in it. It was sixty dollars of nothing but chips, sodas, candy, doughnuts, dessert cakes and other junk.

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Old 10-23-2010, 09:38 AM   #3
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Yes, it is easier! People are becoming more lazy by the day. Many just don't want to use that thing between their ears and have to think about a menu, the ingredients to fulfill the menu, find everything they need 9in the supermarket, do the preparation, cook it, and then clean up afterward.

The idea of actually cooking, terrifies most people!!! Now, they can just visit the freezer section, come away with a load of prepared meals, quickly microwave them, and throw away the container/tray, leaving no dirty dishes behind.

Whose fault is it? Parents of the '60s & '70s. Many didn't spend time in the kitchen with their children, teaching the skills to run a household, nor personal values. Instead, they let their children do whatever they wanted, which was run amok, learn all about drugs and sex, which was a lot more fun than learning to make an apple pie, wash dishes, weed a flower bed or perform preventive maintenance on an automobile. The kids of those days never had a sense of responsibility or sensibility impressed upon them. And by the way, I was of that rebellious generation but I had firm, loving parents (loving meaning teaching what I should know to be a good adult and have self respect.)

Lazy begets lazy, and now we're seeing the fruit of that sloven behavior. But this is just my opinion.
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Old 10-23-2010, 09:48 AM   #4
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Wait just a cotton picking minute there, Selkie. I am one of those children of the 60's/70's (born in 1954), and I managed to learn about apple pie and washing dishes AND sex and drugs.
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Old 10-23-2010, 09:56 AM   #5
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In the post war in the US, the food industry began introducing prepared/processed foods. I can remember the fuss over TV dinners, Hamburger Helper, etc. It was a national movement to embrace the ease of dinner preparation by using these products. TV was full of them. That made many lazy. It was just too easy and "look, it's the in thing to do".
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Old 10-23-2010, 10:01 AM   #6
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I have been guilty of buying dubious ready meals when, after a long day's working I can't be doing with cooking. After a 12 hour shift repairing/customising bikes I just don't feel like going home to cook. My feet ache, my head aches and I'm usually covered in engine oil. And British supermarkets, they offer huge choice, whereas in my country, there is so little. The British supermarkets brand "budget meals" which are disgusting, admittedly. But then, some families on tight budgets can not afford the high cost of fresh fruits, fresh vegetables and meat many others take for granted, are on higher income.

So, I see the same in my local Sainsbury's, young mothers buying "crap food". But, they only need to be informed that really, nourishing food can be bought on a budget. Like pulses and reduced-price veg, fruit and bread at the end of the store's trading day.

But people have habits, just the same as their shopping lists are so written. It matters none what age they are. Old habits never die.

However, in my country, most of my people are poor and grow their own although fruit and veg is cheap to buy. Melons are 40 cents kilo, same with oranges and most fruit bar exotic imports. Meat is always fresh, averagely priced, but like dairy produce - limited. Most families have a resident pig, goat and lamb being fattened up for Christmas and Easter. But we shoot our own turkeys and partridge.
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Old 10-23-2010, 10:40 AM   #7
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I've noticed this as well. It's quite disturbing that the chances are, most of the people you see buying this stuff probably grew up watching either mom or grandma cooking from scratch in the kitchen.

I'm just as guilty of the bad-food-shopping-list as anyone else, but now that I am trying to change that I'm noticing it a lot more. People walk right past the veggies, even though you have to walk through them in every market I've gone in, and they go right for the pre-cooked products from the deli/hot foods section or the "tv dinners" in the frozen aisle. It's concerning how lazy we are being when it comes to food and the effects it has on our lives and how ignorantly we lap up all these ads (at least here in America) about how food that is proven to be bad "really isn't" according to "professionals." (Corn Growers Association, in case someone didn't get the referrence)

I'm not extremely PC when I see someone park right next to the door, waddle in and grab a "power cart" (if they don't have their own) and get nothing but the high fat-low content prepared meals, bags upon bags of chips and several combined gallons of soda. What's even worse is when their chubby 8-year-old is sitting on their lap, going along for the ride. I do try to keep the peace by only thinking things and not just loudly blurting them out, though there have been times...

Sad fact is, our society has evolved into a high paced mess where people worship the almighty dollar, spending their waking hours trying to earn as many as they can and when it comes time for anything else, they need to take shortcuts because they have no time left. In come other people worshipping the almighty dollar and they make all of theirs off these people by selling them the most convenient "meals" they can.

Sorry for the long read. I'm not exactly sparknotes friendly with some of my posts. This is something that definitely gets on my nerves as well. My fiancee and I constantly discuss it and how we want some land when we move out to grow our own foods. It's a shame that people actually continue to do these things in spite of knowing how harmful they are.

EDIT: Selkie, I am a 26 year old male, who learned how to do laundry at 5, cook at 7, and sew and iron at 10. Though I fully understand and agree with your statement, applying more to my generation then the one before it, I am proof that there are exceptions to the rule.
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Old 10-23-2010, 11:51 AM   #8
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I work in a grocery store and it is quite shocking to say the least.

Many people have this idea in their head that to eat healthy is very expensive, and they have to switch to all organic items. So they continue to buy pure processed crap, thinking that it is cheaper. Many don't see the more reasonable middle ground, buying ingredients and making meals from them, fresh meat can be had quite cheap, if you are a saavy shopper, dry goods such as pasta, rice, beans couscous, are dirt cheap in their unprepared form. It is really easy where I live to get plain frozen veg for a dollar or less a pound when on sale, those are the times to stock up.

Then there are those that see tv chefs cook and get discouraged beecause the dishes that they see on tv could cost 30 dollars or more to make when buying specialty ingredients.

I would love to teach a cooking basics class, just to show how easy and inexpensive cooking can be if you know how to cook from scratch, instead of a bag, box or bottle.
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Old 10-23-2010, 12:58 PM   #9
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i am guilty of eating a couple of prepared meals in a month. am cooking for just me. sometimes i just don't want to mess with it. i buy mostly lean q's for the occasional meal.

for most part i cook from scratch. i grocery shop on line, so have no clue about what others buy.
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Old 10-23-2010, 01:28 PM   #10
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I've noticed this as well. It's quite disturbing that the chances are, most of the people you see buying this stuff probably grew up watching either mom or grandma cooking from scratch in the kitchen.

Sad fact is, our society has evolved into a high paced mess where people worship the almighty dollar, spending their waking hours trying to earn as many as they can and when it comes time for anything else, they need to take shortcuts because they have no time left. In come other people worshipping the almighty dollar and they make all of theirs off these people by selling them the most convenient "meals" they can.

Only "budget-type" ready meals are bad because the meat is oftne injected with water to plump it up (as in the case of chicken breast), and otherwise, very cheap cuts of meat and terrible ingredients are added to things like sausages, packed out with rusk.

I suppose that my working up to 70 hours a week might be seen to be excessive, but work has to be done as I own a motorbike garage and I can not afford taking on more staff. So I go home with my Sainsbury's Cumberland Pie/Fish Pie ready meal, feed my boy and feed myself. But I am a high earner, so can afford to buy high quality ready meals, and suppliment it with fresh fruit for desserts. You earns your money and you spends it likewise.

If, however, I was a stay-at-home-wife, my culinary life would be far different.

At weekends, eating is far different. Everything is cooked. One is relaxed and happy; less stressed. Boy's face is filled, dishes are consigned to the dishwasher and then I'll join my family and watch TV.

Society will always be a high paced mess. It's the sign of the times I'm afraid, and eating has often to be on the hoof.

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