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Old 07-27-2007, 09:43 PM   #31
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One thing I haven't seen mentioned here is that some of us learned to cook before all the shortcuts were available. I'm certainly not against taking them when really necessary, but when our kids were little I had to cook everything from scratch (not catsup, etc), but just started earlier or tried to simplify our meals somewhat. So many of the mixes contain so much sodium and carbohydrates that it greatly affects one's health, especially if there are conditions already. I try to keep our food as pure and simple as possible so that limits the number of already prepared foods I use. What is right for me may not be the same for someone else, but I would suggest we each look at our health in the total realm and see how that adds up. I hope anything I said hasn't hurt someone's feelings - I just think fresh food tastes better and is better for me and my family. I don't want to add to their health problems.
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Old 07-27-2007, 10:03 PM   #32
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One thing I haven't seen mentioned here is that some of us learned to cook before all the shortcuts were available. I'm certainly not against taking them when really necessary, but when our kids were little I had to cook everything from scratch (not catsup, etc), but just started earlier or tried to simplify our meals somewhat. So many of the mixes contain so much sodium and carbohydrates that it greatly affects one's health, especially if there are conditions already. I try to keep our food as pure and simple as possible so that limits the number of already prepared foods I use. What is right for me may not be the same for someone else, but I would suggest we each look at our health in the total realm and see how that adds up. I hope anything I said hasn't hurt someone's feelings - I just think fresh food tastes better and is better for me and my family. I don't want to add to their health problems.
You're so right about the health issues. A family member recently developed high blood pressure that wasn't responding well to meds and even after going to NO added salt diet, he still found that since he ate mostly convenience style foods, his sodium intake was way too much. He started preparing meals from scratch and eating more raw fruits and veggies in between and within a month, his BP dropped to high normal. 3 months later, it's excellent and he's been able to go off meds. And he's even starting to really enjoy the taste of foods in a way he never did before.
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Old 07-28-2007, 01:20 PM   #33
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Don't know where you will put me. I bake my own bread and pizza, I grow a huge veggie and herb garden, I can tomatoes and green beans, spaghetti sauce, salsa. I have my own hens for eggs.

I murdered 5 roosters yesterday--they are now happily reposing in the freezer. (But, if I had to clean a chicken everytime I wanted to eat one, I would become a vegetarian. Or raise rabbits. I hate those feathers all over my hands. )

I brew my own beer and make soap.

I don't grow or grind my own grains, or make cheese or butter. I do use gas to cook.

I don't think there are any convenience foods in my kitchen, except dried pasta (I do on occasion make fresh pasta). I do buy packaged stuff once in a while, but I am almost always disappointed.

I do have dried herbs from the store.

I do used bottled salad dressing, mayo, ketchup. And there are 3 kinds of cheese in my fridge right now--a chunk of parmesan, a chunk of Asiago, and a nice gooey block of American slices .
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Old 07-28-2007, 01:46 PM   #34
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As I learn more and more and try more and more recipes, I am finding that my boxed items have gone untouched. For instance, I love the boxed potatoes that you add water, milk and butter and then bake in the oven. The past weekend, I tried making this from scratch and we loved it and I am certain this is how I will prepare them in the future. I still like the convenience of boxed items.. for days when you want to whip up a meal quickly, but more and more I have been going with fresh foods. Some of the things that I no longer buy because I make myself are stocks, tomato sauce, as some have mentioned, buying whole chickens and cutting them up (then using the carcass to make stock!), etc. I would think maybe I am a 60 %er? I like to keep learning how to do my own stuff so I don't have to pay so much for it at the store!
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Old 07-28-2007, 01:48 PM   #35
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I don't think there are any convenience foods in my kitchen, except dried pasta (I do on occasion make fresh pasta). I do buy packaged stuff once in a while, but I am almost always disappointed.
Ok... this may have to be my next venture... making my own pasta! So you saying once I make fresh, I will find it extremely hard to go back to the packaged stuff?
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Old 07-28-2007, 02:05 PM   #36
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Old 07-28-2007, 02:35 PM   #37
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After you make your own pasta, I doubt you'll go back to packaged. The flavor is really exceptional.
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Old 07-28-2007, 02:38 PM   #38
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After you make your own pasta, I doubt you'll go back to packaged. The flavor is really exceptional.
You got me wonderin if I even want to 'go there'. I'm ITK 50% of the day as it is!
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Old 07-28-2007, 06:07 PM   #39
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I guess this is me. I DO know my butcher's life story--he has become my friend; likewise for my fishmonger. I use fresh and organic if I can, but do not hesitate to use other ingredients. I often use canned tomatoes (unless they're in season, the canned is better) and beans. I have a well stocked spice rack filled with dried herbs and spices--I am careful to keep them fresh, but prefer fresh herbs when I can get them.
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Old 07-28-2007, 08:35 PM   #40
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My mother-in-law told me she baked bread every day ... until the cost of a loaf of bread got cheaper than the ingredients she put in to her loaves. Then she started making bread as an occaisional treat. But I think that is what gets us all. You spend the time to do something from scratch, and your family prefers the stuff from the package, which costs less and takes a heck of a lot less time and energy. How long can you keep it up when no one cares but you?
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