Cooking From Scratch {Day 16}

Several years ago, I decided I was going to stop buying prepackaged, processed foods and start Cooking from Scratch. It is very rare for me to buy something that I can make myself because of many of the ingredients that are used in those items. Ingredients like hydrogenated oil, MSG and the all too many preservatives listed in the ingredients; things I want my family to avoid.

Five Reasons to start Cooking from Scratch. {Day 16} 31 Days of Homemaking Series

When you cook from scratch, you know the ingredients; you can tweak a recipe for your tastes and health needs. Best of all, it tastes so much better than store bought foods.

~5 Reasons to Cook from Scratch~


You know the ingredients, you can use fresh, homegrown and organic if you choose. You can leave out the preservatives that are included in so many boxed items.


Preparing your own foods is cheaper than eating out and buying boxed foods. We splurged and ate Chinese not too long ago, for two of us it was $28. I could have created the same dishes for a fraction of the cost.


Cooking new foods can be a learning experience. I baked real croissants for the first time back in the spring. It was a real learning experience because croissants CAN NOT be created in a couple of hours.


You begin to taste food differently; you are able to pick out the different flavors. When eating scratch foods your palate experiences the real taste of foods the way our great grandparents ate.


Cooking from scratch gives you a sense of pride in your creation and accomplishments.

How often do you cook from scratch?

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  1. Thanks again Lori. I do cook from scratch sometimes but they are very simple things. since it's just two of us I don't do a lot of cooking. but what you do sounds really good for a young Family. love mama.

  2. Cooking from scratch is essential here in Croatia. It's amazing what you can actually make from scratch. I loved trying to duplicate things my family was used to eating in the US. Happy weekend!

  3. Hi, Tori! I wondered about cooking from scratch in Croatia. It's amazing at all the things people spend extra $$ on just for convenience.

  4. Thanks, Momma. I love you too!

  5. I cook from scratch as much as I can. We dont have garden and life has kept from the farmers market so I still rely on the grocery store for diced tomatoes, spagetthi sauce ,etc. 90% of our meals have something included that was cooked from scratch. I feel like I live in the kitchen. And sadly I am the momma that chases kids out of the kitchen. That's my territory! He he.

  6. We have horrible soil here. When it rains it turns into a goopy sludge and we have not been able to grow anything worth eating. I also think a lot of not being able to grow anything has to do with our water, we have a town well and it is nasty! There is something oily in it and we just can't drink it. We have to buy bottled water for drinking and cooking because of it. Since there has not been anything grown, I still buy diced tomatoes in bulk when the local store has their case lot sale. That is too funny, I live in the kitchen also and it is my territory.


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