I’m an avid fan of cooking, there’s nothing more to me than cooking from scratch. Once upon a time, cooking was an art which was passed
down from mothers to their daughters. Sadly, many young people do not know how to cook and are namely dependent on convenience food.
Cooking may be more time consuming, yet it’s so much more fun and worthwhile. Granted it may seem overwhelming at first, especially if you’re a novice. However, once you have mastered the culinary skill, you will become more knowledgeable in cooking, plus you can save a copious amount of cash.
Anyway, here are 8 main benefits of cooking from scratch.
1 – Cost Effective
So you love fine dining and eating at fast food establishments? I won’t judge you too harshly for wanting to eat out. After all this omits the hassle over slaving over the hot stove endlessly and doing the washing up.
Admittedly dining out maybe quick and convenient, but it comes with a hefty price tag, especially for those living on a strict budget. A home cooked meal is a cheaper alternative and so much more affordable than splurging out for lunch daily or purchasing a ready meal. You’d be astonished at how much money you could save by preparing your own food.
2 – Superior Taste
I can’t even begin to explain how preparing your own food renders a magnificent taste. You don’t have to be a Michelin star chef in order to create a delicious, mouth-watering meal. The best part about cooking is that ownership you have over what ingredients are included.
Having the advantage to choose from the finest herbs and spices without having to resort to an under seasoned, bland meal. Another thing, precooked meals and eateries have a tendency to cut corners by using inferiors produce or unhealthy ingredients as a means of saving money.
3 – It’s Healthy
Do you loathe additives and preservatives? If you answer is yes I share the same sentiments as yourself. The most obvious reason for cooking is that you regain control over what is that your body intakes.
You won’t have to contend with none of these inferior ingredients from a fast food court or a box meal, laden with additives to enhance the flavour or preservatives to extend the shelf life.
These unknown dangers can be minimised by cooking from scratch. Would you relish in the opportunity to purchase organic, seasonal or grassfed produce?
Go right ahead. The ability to determine freshness, quality, choice of cooking method, controlling or excluding each measurement of fats, sweeteners how amazing is that? Simply knowing that the food being ingested is real, wholesome and nutritional makes one beam with feeling complete.
4 – Impress your friends and family
No, I’m not referring to being a people pleaser, so hear me out. Once you become more confident in cooking, and have learnt even the basics of food. You can share your knowledge with your friends and family.
I can guarantee that they will be impressed when you invite them over for dinner. The realisation that your sweet potato pie or chicken casserole was not store brought, but prepared from scratch by moi will definitely gain you some additional brownie points. Besides, you can share your skills and recipes with your loved ones or even create a blog or join a class.
5 – Fun times in the kitchen
Many of my fond memories originate from some happy time that I spent cooking with my mother and grandmother. Cooking doesn’t have to be a solitude task, be fun and creative. Get the family involved in making some of most the tastiest meals on the planet.
This will not only lift your spirits, but strengthen your existing relationships with your loved one(s). You can form an abundance of classical kitchen moments, whether your results are a baking success or a cooking disaster. This is something you can reflect on from years to come.
6 – Increases family time
People who live in the western hemisphere, often live a hectic lifestyle and are constantly on the go, compared to a few decades ago. Unfortunately, this has resulted in many people abandoning their culture upbringing in relation to family values. Eating at the table with family, wasn’t simply about eating in unison, it was also a bonding practice.
Families would communicate and share their thoughts around the table while simultaneously consume a hearty meal. The more individualistic society becomes, the less time spent with family.
It’s now the norm for families to eat separately, children eat in their bedrooms or families consume food at various times. Yes, I know some of this is due to work commitments. However, making a conscious effort to be seated as a family strengthens family ties.
7 – Reviving a dying art
Cooking is becoming a dying art and this is happening for a number of reasons. Firstly, as a society we are becoming collectively idle, it is far more convenient to buy what we need without giving it much thought. Our lives are much busier meaning it can be difficult to spare some time to cook.
In some ways I blame the media for lack of food enthusiasm.
While technology has certainly alleviated some of tough aspects of cooking, it has also birthed laziness. It is not uncommon to find people of today who do not know to cook.
This unskilled trend is due to a lack of practice and dependence on precooked food. Learning to cooking will allow you to sharpen your culinary skills. That element of intimidation will eventually disperse and your passion for cooking can be passed down to the younger generation.
8 -Stress buster
Research has revealled that taking up cooking as a hobby can decrease stress levels. The hormone serotonin which is responsible for influencing our mood, is secreted providing a burst of positive energy.
Cooking is as therapeutic are painting or reading a book. The brain is relaxed and the body is overcome with calm, positive aura.