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Old 09-20-2010, 10:59 PM   #1
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Does anyone make homemade food anymore or do most people cook from a box or frozen food?

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Old 09-20-2010, 11:13 PM   #2
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Does anyone make homemade food anymore or do most people cook from a box or frozen food?
I rarely cook from a box and am exteremly picky about which delis and restaurants we eat at. All of our meals are made from scratch. A prepared meal for me is using a can of cream of mushroom soup in a recipe.
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Old 09-20-2010, 11:20 PM   #3
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i would say in a given week, 6 out of seven meals are homemade. The seventh we will usually take in pizza , chinese or maybe eating at my moms ( which is also homemade)... Maybe once a month we will go out to a restaurant. Of the 6 meals that are homemade, 3 or 4 of them I make the day we will eat it. the other 2 or 3 I might prepare on a day that I have more time to cook and prepare, and it is usually something that can be refrigerated or frozen and reheated to be eaten at a later date.

On the other hand, my kids are more likely to eat frozen, or prepared foods out of the box ( mac an cheese, frozen pizza...). There are very few things that all 4 of us eat.

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Old 09-21-2010, 06:33 AM   #4
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The only prepared foods I use are baking mix, cornbread mix, cream soups and bread.

When I started cooking eons ago I used mixes like Hamburger helper until I realized that it was only a box of pasta and a pack of spices. When I tried making the same kind of dish from scratch, I realized it was really easy and tasted so much better that I never went back.
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Old 09-21-2010, 07:26 AM   #5
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I cook 95% from scratch. I love to cook and there just are not enough of us to eat it so cooking from a box means that that is just one more meal I don't get to really cook. Having said that when I realy can't cook my family will used boxed stuff. Even on days like today when I am working mega hours I can throw something in the crock pot. Tonight my family is having a roast with fresh green beans, mushrooms, onions and potatoes with a tomatoe basil salad. And as I think about the people who live around me I would guess that most of them cook from boxes. As a matter of fact my neighbor used to order out at least every other day but now that she is in reduced circumstances I haven't seen the pizza guy in ages. Guess it all depends on how you feel about cooking and what your priorities are.
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Old 09-21-2010, 07:49 AM   #6
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I also cook mainly from scratch. I am trying to learn all the various recipes I grew up with. Although some of them are bit on the heavy side, I figured it's better to eat some extra fat than all the various chemicals, coloring and additives that are found in processed foods.

The only exception is pizza. I love frozen pizza.

By the way, I've been making my own bread for the past few months and it's great. For about 3 dollars I get a loaf twice the size the 5 dollar artisan loaf from the grocery store bakery and it (usually) tastes much better. Kneading bread is something I do after getting home from work while watching TV.
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Old 09-21-2010, 07:54 AM   #7
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Most if not all our meals here are made from scratch...Tastes better and, in most cases, more healthy(.....Disregard the pork fat and butter on the healthy side. )
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Old 09-21-2010, 08:09 AM   #8
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I eat at restaurants about three meals a week, a social activity with family and friends, but when eating at home I prepare most everything from scratch. I do keep frozen prepared food on hand for those few times I'm ill and don't have the strength to spend any time in the kitchen.
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I also cook mainly from scratch. I am trying to learn all the various recipes I grew up with. Although some of them are bit on the heavy side, I figured it's better to eat some extra fat than all the various chemicals, coloring and additives that are found in processed foods.

The only exception is pizza. I love frozen pizza.

By the way, I've been making my own bread for the past few months and it's great. For about 3 dollars I get a loaf twice the size the 5 dollar artisan loaf from the grocery store bakery and it (usually) tastes much better. Kneading bread is something I do after getting home from work while watching TV.
A $3 loaf of bread? That seems awfully expensive.
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Old 09-21-2010, 08:38 AM   #10
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A $3 loaf of bread? That seems awfully expensive.
That was just my best estimate, probably on the higher side. The main cost is yeast which is about a dollar per packet. The flour, I don't know, another dollar. I added the extra dollar as a buffer, to cover things like the bit of oil, milk, salt, etc... But you are right, it's likely less than that.
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