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Old 12-14-2014, 07:04 AM   #41
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I take a semi-homemade approach to cooking. Using a prepared seasoning packet of taco seasoning gives me what I want - the same results every time.

Even gravy mix. Making gravy is easy, but can come out differently each time, sometimes not in a good way.

I'd rather use something that will result in a predictable way than take a chance of a bad from scratch result.

I usually make different additions to these two examples to make them my own.

For taco seasoning mix, I mix it with a can of diced stewed tomatoes before adding it to my meat and onion mixture.

For gravy mix, I use homemade unsalted broth/stock/braising liquid instead of water. This results in a great tasting gravy.

No I don't cook from scratch, but I'm not ashamed of the way I cook at all.
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Old 12-14-2014, 08:30 AM   #42
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I have come to the conclusion that cooking from scratch can make a person be more creative...don't have xyz, what can I use instead? Have these ingredients...what can I make using them? I was feeling very lazy a couple of weeks ago...hungry, but didn't want to make a mess of the kitchen to clean up. DH was cutting wood and also hungry. I looked in the freezer--oh frozen homemade pasta. In the fridge was a about 4-5 c of homemade kimchi. Cooked the pasta and tossed in a couple of cups of homemade kimchi. That was lunch (and it was surprisingly very good...must have been the kimchi).
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Old 12-14-2014, 12:23 PM   #43
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I have come to the conclusion that cooking from scratch can make a person be more creative...don't have xyz, what can I use instead? Have these ingredients...what can I make using them? I was feeling very lazy a couple of weeks ago...hungry, but didn't want to make a mess of the kitchen to clean up. DH was cutting wood and also hungry. I looked in the freezer--oh frozen homemade pasta. In the fridge was a about 4-5 c of homemade kimchi. Cooked the pasta and tossed in a couple of cups of homemade kimchi. That was lunch (and it was surprisingly very good...must have been the kimchi).
The same can be done with store-bought ingredients. I buy onions, garlic, potatoes, three colors of bell peppers and two or three proteins every week (except when I have them in the garden). I always have store-bought rice and pasta on hand. With those ingredients and the many store-bought seasonings, sauces and condiments I have, in addition to homegrown preserved items, I can make dozens of things.

I have a lot of homemade ingredients, too, but I consider most of my cooking scratch because I prep, combine and cook the ingredients myself. I don't have to grow them all. Even hundreds or thousands of years ago, people specialized in producing bread (the Bakers), wheat (the Millers), fruit and vegetables (the Farmers), etc. This means everyone didn't have to do everything and we could move on to creating culture.
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I take a semi-homemade approach to cooking. Using a prepared seasoning packet of taco seasoning gives me what I want - the same results every time.

Even gravy mix. Making gravy is easy, but can come out differently each time, sometimes not in a good way.

I'd rather use something that will result in a predictable way than take a chance of a bad from scratch result.

I usually make different additions to these two examples to make them my own.

For taco seasoning mix, I mix it with a can of diced stewed tomatoes before adding it to my meat and onion mixture.

For gravy mix, I use homemade unsalted broth/stock/braising liquid instead of water. This results in a great tasting gravy.

No I don't cook from scratch, but I'm not ashamed of the way I cook at all.
Nor should you, or me either Z. Even though there are the snide undertones that not cooking from scratch all the time is somehow inferior cooking, many of us call it cooking smart.
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Old 12-14-2014, 01:29 PM   #45
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Cooking Smart...I like that. I work 40-50 hours a week, when I find something that is as good as or better than what I can make myself, why not avail myself of the convenience? I monitor these processed foods for ingredients I do not want to consume and feel are bad for my diet. If there is no convenient sub that meets my standards, I make it from scratch.
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Old 12-14-2014, 04:37 PM   #46
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PF-the inconvenience for me would be I'd have to leave the house, drive either into the village or farther afield. By the time I do that, it is easier for me to make it or make something else. I only grocery shop when I run out of some staples (or, I need something for baking). I hate shopping, including grocery shopping.
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Old 12-14-2014, 05:13 PM   #47
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I liked that "cooking smart comment" that suits just about everyone in here.

Like Princess preprocessed foods don't work well with my diet.

Convenience for me has been investing in infused olive oils.That have conveniently replaced other processed items that would have been used in a recipe.Those have really benefited my cholesterol levels.They're now where they should be for an old bag like myself age/weight.And without the use of the convient Pharmacists bill every month.

How's that for a Hobo on a ham sammich diet?
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Old 12-14-2014, 05:19 PM   #48
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PF-the inconvenience for me would be I'd have to leave the house, drive either into the village or farther afield. By the time I do that, it is easier for me to make it or make something else. I only grocery shop when I run out of some staples (or, I need something for baking). I hate shopping, including grocery shopping.
The question is "How do you define cooking from scratch?" not "Why do you or don't you grow most of your vegetables, make your own pasta and tomato paste, or live many miles away from grocery stores?"

The question of what constitutes scratch cooking is not relevant to anyone's personal circumstances.
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I take a semi-homemade approach to cooking.
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Hmmm, aren't there several cookbooks "Semi-Homemade"
by Sandra Lee and she's made a fistful,
or two or three, of money doing just that!
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There are bunches of things I wouldn't want to make from scratch. Zhizara mentioned gravy packets, there's also Knorr Bearnaise and Hollandaise packets (yum), Lipton onion soup mix, Campbell's cream of mushroom, Velveeta!

Love 'em all.
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