Does anyone besides me cook from scratch anymore?

United States
November 1, 2007 6:57am CST
I've been cooking for as long as I can remember and I've always cooked from scratch. I make my own butter, sour cream, broth, marinera, ice cream, bread etc. My whole family knows better than to ask what is for dinner because most of the time I don't know until it's done. I throw meat in the pan and it kinda talks to me saying, add garlic, add onion.....funny huh. Whenever we have company, everyone crouds around in the kitchen to watch me cook. It's really hard to cook with the kitchen full of people. I'm glad our trailer has a big kitchen with a bar!!
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2 Nov 07
yeas i definitely cook food from scratch.. we Indians prepare most of the dishes from scratch n its fun n u can experiment them n i kind of like that ...
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• United States
2 Nov 07
Ah, Indian food from scratch! Want to share your favorite recipe?
2 Nov 07
well there are lot of fav recipes... hot n spicy...defintely wd love to share it just tell me what kind of food u like..spicy or sweet...
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• United States
3 Nov 07
I'm Cajun so, spicy, spicy, spicy please :-)
@karendva (118)
• United States
3 Nov 07
I dont really cook from absolute scratch but I do make it a habit to not cook to many meals out of a box. I would rather buy a box to make something like cornbread instead of buying it or I would rather make a pie than buy it, so that is as close to scratch as I come.
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• United States
3 Nov 07
That's pretty darn close. I know a lot of people that buy cornbread from the bakery. I'm lucky that my Grandpa sends me meal for my cornbread. I hope he lives forever becuase I don't know what I will do without his fresh ground meal and his smokehouse meat.
@karendva (118)
• United States
3 Nov 07
that is the one thing i loved growing up and visiting my gramma was the meat. The fresh bacon with the edges down the side and the fresh sausage MMMM.
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• United States
6 Nov 07
You are making me hungry just thinking about it!
• Canada
1 Nov 07
LOL food speaks to me too and my family hates it because they'll often say Can you make that dinner again? but the truth is, I can't remember what I put in the first place so I can never make it just as good as the first time LOL I don't make my own butter, however I should, but I do all the baking, bread, muffins, cookies, cakes... we also make our own sauces and broth. What I like to do the most is when a meat goes on sale, I buy a ton of it and spend a day cooking meals. For example Ground Beef! I buy about 12 lbs and make spaghetti sauce, lasagnas, shepherd pies, cabbage rolls, meatloafs, soups... and freeze them all. I usually end up with about 26-32 meals and it only took me an afternoon to cook! I also make smaller lasagnas/sheperd pies/cabbage rolls/meat pies/meatloafs for lunches. I'm always talking about one day making big batches like that and selling them however I have no idea how to get involved in something like that!
• Canada
1 Nov 07
OMG you sound so much like me... lol And yes Come! Come! You are more than welcomed for dinner! Bring the boys, I'd love to meet them! I knew that the kitchen had to be separate... and I have a dog so I'd have to make sure no doggy hair would be in the food! LOL gross! Hubby and I are quite often disappointed when we eat out. In fact, due to his birthday yesterday, we ate out and it was disgusting. And I mean how hard is it to cook homefries and a quesidilla? I truly did not enjoy my dinner at all, returned my fries and asked for another and still it was gross. The waitress blamed it on the cheese... I think not lady! A friend of ours is contemplating on purchasing the B&B down the street from us which also features a great dining hall. He's asked me to be his hotel manager but I want to be in the kitchen! LOL A book that you would love, if you don't have it already is Dining on a Dime, www.livingonadime.com I have all of her e-books so let me know if you're interested :)
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• United States
1 Nov 07
I love the website. I will try and spend some time on it tomorrow. It's time for the boys to come home so, we need to get busy on homework. You would love the boys. I'm sure they would love you too. Yes, I'm very interested in the ebooks.
@drannhh (15237)
• United States
3 Nov 07
I love spices, too, and am very particular about nutrition in our day to day food, but lately I haven't been doing as much completely from scratch as I used to. They do have better food commercially available now than they used to and that is part of it. For example, I used to make my own yogurt, buttermilk, and kefir (and then use all 3 in baking as well as to enjoy by themselves) but now I can buy LifeWays kefir in the store, and "grow" a few more quarts from each batch. Much easier and the process doesn't own me. I still "grind" my own flour to add whole grain goodness, but now I do it 1/4 cup at a time in the Magic Bullet instead of dragging out milling equipment and making up more than I'll end up using. Let's face it, I don't have room in the freezer for flour, and the whole grain stuff isn't as shelf stable as that other kind. So I fresh-grind a handful of flax seed and some different whole grains and add that to a part of a package of biscuit mix or whatever. I call my method "Hybrid Scratch." As for other people in the kitchen, that sounds fun for the other people and I'd love to be one of them, but if they did that to me I'd be funny alright, but no food would get cooked. I can cook or goof off but not both at the same time. That reminds me of the time I was talking to someone and grabbed what looked like chicken broth and dumped it in the rice. It looked a little funny as I was spooning it into a serving bowl, but it wasn't until I took a bite that I realized it had been pineapple juice!
• United States
6 Nov 07
Ha! I've done that before and it turned out really good. How was yours?
@drannhh (15237)
• United States
7 Nov 07
Well, yes, as a matter of fact it was delicious and my husband said, "Please make that mistake again!" Things did not turn out so well, though, the time I accidentally poured sugar instead of flour in the stroganoff. Yuck.
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@peavey (16991)
• United States
2 Nov 07
I usually cook from scratch, but butter and ice cream are more expensive to make than to buy. I don't eat ice cream often, either. I love to find recipes for making basic foods like cheese and sauces.
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@peavey (16991)
• United States
2 Nov 07
Oh, I do use butter, but I buy it ready made. I haven't used margarine in years. Also, I use lard in cooking and baking quite often. I think most of our ills are due to chemicals and pesticides in our food as well as poor nutrition and a sedentary lifestyle. If we'd get up and work like your Grandfather, and eat natural foods, we wouldn't have to worry about many of the health problems so prevalent today.
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@talisman (1306)
• United States
9 Nov 07
My husband and I try to make things from scratch as much as possible, but not to the extent that you do. I would love to cook more things from scratch, but I don't think I have the kitchen, experience, or tools to do as much as I'd like yet. I bet I could learn a lot from you:) Would you mind sharing some recipes? I love learning new things. Do you make your own spaghetti sauce? My husband has been dying to learn how to make his own.
• United States
14 Nov 07
Hey there talisman. Yes, I do make my own spaghetti sauce. It's a long drawn out three day process in the crockpot :-). Maybe I'll add that one to my blog! Thanks for the idea. Anyway, I have two recipes on my blog now if you would like to try them. They are two of my best. They even got posted on Associated Content.
@motaz4 (133)
• Egypt
1 Nov 07
hi,you can do all of these it is really nice you know i hope to marry a woman can cook just can,nowadyas girls does not know anything about cooking ,not all of them sure.
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• United States
2 Nov 07
My hope for you is that you find a woman that loves you enough to try. If you are willing to eat some ruined meals and still tell her how proud you are of her for trying she will continue to try until her cooking is perfected.
@bonbon664 (3470)
• Canada
1 Nov 07
Make your own butter? Wow, I'm amazed.
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• United States
2 Nov 07
It's a lot easier than you think. You just need to get a quart of heavy whipping cream and sit it on top of your refrigerator for 24 hours. Put it in your mixer on the lowest speed. After a while, sometimes 15 minutes sometimes 30 depending on the climate, you will see the clumps of butter form. Pour off the milk (save the milk, that's butter milk you just made and you can use it to make biscuits or whatever) and put the butter into any kind of mold lined with plastic wrap and refrigerate. I use a muffin pan. I freeze all but one of the little muffin butters for later because we don't use a whole lot of butter.
@Cocoa33 (921)
• United States
1 Nov 07
I am cook from scratch. i started learning how to cook foods from the box to practice. i graduated from box to scratch. I think cooking from scratch is a way to express your self. U are can be creative when it comes to inventing different seasoning for different things. U are able to put love into what u cook. In the end, it comes out good. Today i think people dont put forth the time to do that anymore, because they have other things to do. Now days people are looking for a quick fix to preparing meals.
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• United States
1 Nov 07
Love is the most important ingredient. Keep it up. Thanks for the comment.
@moneyandgc (3429)
• United States
1 Nov 07
I cook a lot at home. I Love it. I don't make my own butter or sour cream but I should try it one day. I have never made bread either but my mom used to and it was the best! I cook on a whim as well, just adding spices and vegetables as I go along. It has always turned out good so far!
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• United States
1 Nov 07
Don't worry, if you are anything like me you will finally totally ruin your first meal when you are cooking for someone you are really trying to impress. I totally ruined the first meal I cooked for my inlaws. I was so nervous that I broke the peppercorn grinder and the peppercorns ALL fell into the dish. I picked out as many as I could but, it was still crunchy and peppery :-)
@ayshren (137)
• United States
1 Nov 07
My mom still cooks like that:) Its so good!
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• United States
1 Nov 07
That's what my family and friends say. I'm always critical of what I cook but, I try to not say anything becuase it just starts a war :-)
@cher913 (25859)
• Canada
1 Nov 07
wow, i admire people like you who do that. i dont have that kind of time, i have 2 part time jobs and while we do not do take out (ever) i don't do all that you do!
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• United States
1 Nov 07
I can't afford take out :-). Sounds like you at least try to always have a hot meal that came from the stove and for me that is important.
• United States
3 Nov 07
I don't like cooking from scratch. Takes too darn long. Sometimes, it's nice to throw whatever you can together, from all fresh ingridients, but I only do that if I'm really in the mood to cook. I think that standing over the stove all day just to cook a few meals is kind of silly. I mean, as a society, that just isn't as practical as it once was. I don't see much of a need for it anymore.
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