Cooking From Scratch: The Basics
Cooking from scratch means getting acquainted with your kitchen and learning how to prepare nutritious and delicious meals at home; using local food sources and seasonal foods. Today, it’s much easier to find local foods with the proliferation of farmer’s markets, and more chain supermarkets are connecting with local farms and suppliers and recognizing the economics of local food in the marketplace. Better yet, plant a herb and vegetable garden and you can have high quality, safe food at your back door!
Cooking from scratch doesn’t require a culinary degree, fancy equipment or a gourmet kitchen. Think of the kitchens in the 1930’s-1960’s….our mothers and grandmothers kitchens didn’t require a bevy of fancy appliances (a KitchenAid mixer, or a dishwasher was considered exotic) and meals were nutritious and delicious. In lieu of the old-fashioned way of preparing food, coffee percolators, hand-graters, crank grinders and old-fashioned ice cream churners; use technology to your advantage!
Today, we can make coffee-house quality coffee in our own homes and save money! We don’t have to hover over the stove and keep vigilant watch over a coffee percolator in order to get a good cup of Joe…we have drip coffee makers, espresso makers and coffee beans from around the world to choose from! Make ice cream at home with fresh fruit and ingredients. Make fresh soups quickly and easily with a food processor. Discover how making desserts and breads can bring everyone into your kitchen and encourage wise choices in satisfying a sweet-tooth.
Two tools I would encourage you to consider buying: a KitchenAid mixer and a Cuisinart food processor. Both will earn their keep and save you time and effort.
If you’re interested in learning how to cook from scratch, I’ll be posting more information about the basics:
Cooking From Scratch The Basics:
Creating a Menu
Finding Local Sources
Organizing Your Kitchen
Preparing Food Ahead of Time: Salvation for the Busy Cook
Cooking While You’re Not Home
Using Herbs and Spices and Avoid Salt in Food
Creating a Kitchen Garden: Homeowners
Creating a Kitchen Garden: Apartment and Condo Dwellers
Making your Own Mixes
Starting Your Own Kitchen Cookbook and Journal
Making Beverages Without High Fructose Corn Syrup
Involving Everyone in The Kitchen: Passing Along Culinary Knowledge