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Old 12-14-2014, 07:44 PM   #51
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I love Knorr's, and Lipton Onion Soup mix is always in my pantry.
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Old 12-14-2014, 10:55 PM   #52
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Cooking from scratch? For me it almost always means just that...scratch.

We are fortunate to be able to have a decent-sized garden in the summertime, which makes it possible for me to have enough tomatoes to make sauces, etc. I developed a tomato sauce recipe years and years ago that has replaced commercially-produced tomato sauce in the dishes I cook.

I do occasionally use a can of store-purchased soup in a recipe, such as for tonight's crock-pot roast beef. I used a can of cream of mushroom soup.

When it comes to mixes, I have nearly worn out a cookbook I bought a hundred years ago. It's called Make a Mix Cookery and is my go-to book for making my own dry soup mixes, taco mix, etc. One nice thing about having this tool is that I can control the salt that goes into our foods.

I bake all our bread products and, when it comes to dessert, those are made from scratch as well. Once in a while I'll use a boxed cake mix and heavily embellish it or turn it into cake mix cookies if I'm in a hurry.

I've never been one to have mixes or commercially-produced foods in my pantry. That's largely because, when I was growing up, they weren't too available. They just didn't exist on a large scale. When I had my own family I continued to do as I learned from my growing up household. Turns out, it's easy for me and it's what I'm comfortable doing.
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Old 12-14-2014, 11:15 PM   #53
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Another vote for liking the "cooking smart" comment.

To me, there is a difference between "cooking from scratch", "homemade", and "SEC" (Someone Else's Cooking). That last is pretty self-explanatory.

From Scratch cooking means combining ingredients that would not be edible in their singular state. I don't grind my own wheat, but I certainly wouldn't eat a bowl-full of store-bought flour. Same thing with the ready-to-use baking powder. Anything I bake from those types of ingredients is "scratch" in my kitchen. If I use a box mix and add my own oil and egg? It's "homemade".

Because I don't have a garden, and no really good spot to put one in, I do call it from-scratch even if I'm using canned tomatoes, as long as I'm still using fresh ingredients in the rest of the recipe. But something like last night's soup, made from rotisserie chicken, packaged rice mix, boxed broth, might take as long to make as a different from-scratch recipe, but it was still considered home-made.

As long as you use reasonable decisions regarding nutrition, enjoy your meal, and stay basically healthy, it's all good, right?
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Old 12-14-2014, 11:30 PM   #54
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If'n I make a big pot of my signature Beef Ettoufe, it is made from scratch, even though I have used purchased bitters, Tabasco and Dawn Fresh Mushroom Steak Sauce.
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Old 12-14-2014, 11:40 PM   #55
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In my mind this thread started out as an 'academic' discussion. It has turned into a personalized competition.

I try to cook with basic ingredients whenever I can. You know, from scratch. Sometimes I use a labor-saving prepared food if it tastes good and it doesn't bother me in the least that I'm not cooking from scratch.

Bottom line, none of us cooks from scratch. Just give my signature line some thought and calm down.
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Old 12-15-2014, 10:30 AM   #56
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Despite what my signature says, bakechef's statement is a good way to describe my feelings.
Somewhere between Sagan and popping a container in the micro lies the answer, and the answer is different for everybody. Myself, I try not to buy anything that comes in a box or can, but I don't smoke my own bacon for my from scratch chile.
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Old 12-15-2014, 11:07 AM   #57
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I agree that some are taking the phrase a little too literally.

Here's what it means to me - since that was the question. Not to pick on Andy's signature, but If I make an apple pie completely from scratch, to me it means I make my own crust (versus purchasing a ready made Pet-Ritz pie shell), cut up the apples, add the seasonings, and bake it.

I also think an argument could even be made that using a Pet-Ritz shell and making the rest of the pie yourself might be considered from-scratch. After all, you still had to peel and cut up the apples, add the sugar and pie seasonings, etc.

A from-scratch pie MIGHT also include any or all of the following, although none would be prerequisites to applying the "from scratch" moniker to your baked goods:
  • Growing the apple tree.
  • Milling the flour from your own wheat field.
  • Growing the sugar cane (assuming you have a plantation) and processing it yourself.
  • Creating the universe, and waiting several billion years for it to mature enough to allow for the making of pies.

On the other hand, here are examples of a NOT-from-scratch pie:
  • Purchasing a Sara Lee frozen pie and popping it in the oven.
  • Buying a pie from Baker's Square or Perkins.
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Old 12-15-2014, 01:41 PM   #58
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People, please just STOP it!

And some of us around here wonder why we're no longer seeing some of our regulars come around...(shaking my head)
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Old 12-15-2014, 02:00 PM   #59
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People, please just STOP it!

And some of us around here wonder why we're no longer seeing some of our regulars come around...(shaking my head)
Actually this would be a pretty dull place if everyone agreed with everyone else. I've found this thread thoughtfully stimulating myself, and see nothing offensive here. Those who don't like opposite opinions, pick up their marbles and leave the sand box, are free to make that choice. In the meantime, this place is called..

Discuss Cooking.
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Old 12-15-2014, 02:13 PM   #60
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People, please just STOP it!

And some of us around here wonder why we're no longer seeing some of our regulars come around...(shaking my head)
You can add me to the list.This place hasn't been it's usual self in a while now.
I'm with Addie "shut this sorry thread down."
It's getting old with it's continuous sniping in other unrelated threads.
If you want to stir the pot that's one thing.Continuing to do so just to do it is another.Not really a mature way of discussing cooking.
Just sayin'. I'm making a whole lotta friends today. NOT!
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