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I have been thinking about trying an experiment. (Okay, not really
thinking about it, more like daydreaming about it. Musing. I'm only
about half serious at this point.) We eat fairly well as a family,
relatively speakingówe cook a lot from scratch, we don't eat frozen
convenience dinners or meal-in-a-box things, etcóbut there are still a
lot of processed/prepared items in my shopping cart every Saturday
morning. We certainly could do better.

So I was thinking, what if I only bought basic single-ingredient food
and we made everything else ourselves from those single ingredients?
If we want cookies, we make cookiesóno more buying Oreos. Shredded
Wheat is fine, but Honey Bunches of Oats is not. (That's okay; I make
a damn fine granola.) Brownie mix? Nix. I buy chocolate, butter, eggs,
sugar, flour, vanilla, and nuts instead. We don't buy anything
prepared if it can reasonably be prepared in a home kitchen. Basics
all the way.

How would life change under this new approach? I think we would eat
better. I think, but am not certain, that our grocery bills would be
lower (or at least not higher). I think initially we would spend a
whole lot more time cooking, but I think over time we would gravitate
toward meals that were either simple and quick to prepare or were good
enough to justify the extra effort.

If you were to adopt this approach, how would your life change? Are
there prepared items that you would particularly miss? Any deal-
breakers for you? (I'm close to calling no more Diet Coke a deal-
breaker, but that's me.) Would your life be better or worse?

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> So I was thinking, what if I only bought basic single-ingredient food
> and we made everything else ourselves from those single ingredients?
> If we want cookies, we make cookiesóno more buying Oreos. Shredded
> Wheat is fine, but Honey Bunches of Oats is not. (That's okay; I make
> a damn fine granola.) Brownie mix? Nix. I buy chocolate, butter, eggs,
> sugar, flour, vanilla, and nuts instead. We don't buy anything
> prepared if it can reasonably be prepared in a home kitchen. Basics
> all the way.
>
> How would life change under this new approach? I think we would eat
> better. I think, but am not certain, that our grocery bills would be
> lower (or at least not higher). I think initially we would spend a
> whole lot more time cooking, but I think over time we would gravitate
> toward meals that were either simple and quick to prepare or were good
> enough to justify the extra effort.
>

Are you prepared to make your own ketchup? I've only made it once and it
was delicious, but a bit "thin". I make a lot from scratch and know I
could make more if I had to but don't.
I was talking to some folks I work with and they had *no* idea you could
make pudding from scratch! Worse yet, they only bothered with *instant*
<blech!> so we had a little "teaching moment" there as I explained how
simple pudding is to make from scratch.
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>> How would life change under this new approach? I think we would eat
>> better. I think, but am not certain, that our grocery bills would be
>> lower (or at least not higher). I think initially we would spend a
>> whole lot more time cooking, but I think over time we would gravitate
>> toward meals that were either simple and quick to prepare or were good
>> enough to justify the extra effort.
>>
>> If you were to adopt this approach, how would your life change? Are
>> there prepared items that you would particularly miss? Any deal-
>> breakers for you? (I'm close to calling no more Diet Coke a deal-
>> breaker, but that's me.) Would your life be better or worse?
>>
>> Scooter

>
> Dude, I did this years ago... ;-)
> Get with the program!


....and yet, even though you have all those years of experience, you failed
to answer even ONE of the questions asked. CHRIST, you need to get your
brain fixed!

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I have been thinking about trying an experiment. (Okay, not really
thinking about it, more like daydreaming about it. Musing. I'm only
about half serious at this point.) We eat fairly well as a family,
relatively speakingówe cook a lot from scratch, we don't eat frozen
convenience dinners or meal-in-a-box things, etcóbut there are still a
lot of processed/prepared items in my shopping cart every Saturday
morning. We certainly could do better.

So I was thinking, what if I only bought basic single-ingredient food
and we made everything else ourselves from those single ingredients?
If we want cookies, we make cookiesóno more buying Oreos. Shredded
Wheat is fine, but Honey Bunches of Oats is not. (That's okay; I make
a damn fine granola.) Brownie mix? Nix. I buy chocolate, butter, eggs,
sugar, flour, vanilla, and nuts instead. We don't buy anything
prepared if it can reasonably be prepared in a home kitchen. Basics
all the way.

How would life change under this new approach? I think we would eat
better. I think, but am not certain, that our grocery bills would be
lower (or at least not higher). I think initially we would spend a
whole lot more time cooking, but I think over time we would gravitate
toward meals that were either simple and quick to prepare or were good
enough to justify the extra effort.

If you were to adopt this approach, how would your life change? Are
there prepared items that you would particularly miss? Any deal-
breakers for you? (I'm close to calling no more Diet Coke a deal-
breaker, but that's me.) Would your life be better or worse?

Scooter

Make a Ranch dressing from scratch and don't flinch when everyone asks you
why it is so runny...<no chemical thickeners>.


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> So I was thinking, what if I only bought basic single-ingredient food
> and we made everything else ourselves from those single ingredients?
> If we want cookies, we make cookiesóno more buying Oreos. Shredded
> Wheat is fine, but Honey Bunches of Oats is not. (That's okay; I make
> a damn fine granola.) Brownie mix? Nix. I buy chocolate, butter, eggs,
> sugar, flour, vanilla, and nuts instead. We don't buy anything
> prepared if it can reasonably be prepared in a home kitchen. Basics
> all the way.


That's reasonable. I can't cook without a well stocked kitchen. Too
frustrating for spur of the moment cooking and too much preplanning if
it's not.
>
> How would life change under this new approach? I think we would eat
> better. I think, but am not certain, that our grocery bills would be
> lower (or at least not higher). I think initially we would spend a
> whole lot more time cooking, but I think over time we would gravitate
> toward meals that were either simple and quick to prepare or were good
> enough to justify the extra effort.


Most of us here do that already. It's the things that take so long to
make fresh, but are completely gone in 10 minutes or less that make us
stop and wonder if it's worth the effort. I make my own caramel corn
for snacking, but it lasts for days so I don't mind the overall time
put into making it.
>
> If you were to adopt this approach, how would your life change? Are
> there prepared items that you would particularly miss? Any deal-
> breakers for you? (I'm close to calling no more Diet Coke a deal-
> breaker, but that's me.) Would your life be better or worse?


I think you're preaching to the choir here because most people on rfc
cook from scratch as much as possible. I'm not so sure about going
overboard to make your own granola or pasta... although I just bought
a hand crank pasta machine yesterday, so it remains to be seen if I
become a total convert to home made pasta. I'm focused on ravioli at
this point. I don't drink soda even on a semi regular basis, so
that's not an issue for me but I definitely would not make my own
juices. I don't own a juicer, have no intention of buying one and I
don't think making my own juice is cost effective.

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> I just bought a hand crank pasta machine yesterday, so it remains to be
> seen if I become a total convert to home made pasta. I'm focused on
> ravioli at this point.


Are you totally set on that? Lasagna is easier.

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On Aug 4, 12:01*pm, Scooter > wrote:
> I have been thinking about trying an experiment. (Okay, not really
> thinking about it, more like daydreaming about it. Musing. I'm only
> about half serious at this point.) We eat fairly well as a family,
> relatively speakingówe cook a lot from scratch, we don't eat frozen
> convenience dinners or meal-in-a-box things, etcóbut there are still a
> lot of processed/prepared items in my shopping cart every Saturday
> morning. We certainly could do better.
>
> So I was thinking, what if I only bought basic single-ingredient food
> and we made everything else ourselves from those single ingredients?
> If we want cookies, we make cookiesóno more buying Oreos. Shredded
> Wheat is fine, but Honey Bunches of Oats is not. (That's okay; I make
> a damn fine granola.) Brownie mix? Nix. I buy chocolate, butter, eggs,
> sugar, flour, vanilla, and nuts instead. We don't buy anything
> prepared if it can reasonably be prepared in a home kitchen. Basics
> all the way.
>
> How would life change under this new approach? I think we would eat
> better. I think, but am not certain, that our grocery bills would be
> lower (or at least not higher). I think initially we would spend a
> whole lot more time cooking, but I think over time we would gravitate
> toward meals that were either simple and quick to prepare or were good
> enough to justify the extra effort.
>
> If you were to adopt this approach, how would your life change? Are
> there prepared items that you would particularly miss? Any deal-
> breakers for you? (I'm close to calling no more Diet Coke a deal-
> breaker, but that's me.) Would your life be better or worse?
>
> Scooter


You'll eat better, save a lot of money and KNOW pretty much what's
going in your bod.

I'd like to see the supermkts set up a Basic Ingredient aisle, so some
of us could get thru the store faster. My aisle would include
oils, flours, vinegar, maybe some raisins, oatmeal, coffee....

I don't buy 'prepared items' - I guess by that you mean salad
dressings, taco flavoring, Hamburger Helper type stuff. Yes, I do buy
mayo, but if I ever get that immersion blender -- Hellmanns, look out.
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On Aug 4, 9:01 am, Scooter > wrote:
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> So I was thinking, what if I only bought basic single-ingredient food
> and we made everything else ourselves from those single ingredients?
> ..... We don't buy anything
> prepared if it can reasonably be prepared in a home kitchen. Basics
> all the way.
>

Where do you set your limits, what does "reasonably" mean? Make all
your own bread, fine. What about all the pasta and Asian noodles?
Make your own tomato sauce, fine; what about your favorite ten
different kinds of German, Italian and Chinese sausages? Make your
own mayonnaise, fine; what about mustards, ketchup, soy sauce,
worcestershire sauce, sriracha? Can I make key lime pie with
sweetened condensed milk or do I have to go the custard route because
the ingredients are more "basic"?

> How would life change under this new approach?


A lot more time in the kitchen. Time that would become work instead
of fun.

> I think we would eat better.


I think you might eat more wholesome food because fewer additives, but
very likely would also eat blander food.

> ....
> If you were to adopt this approach, how would your life change?


Wouldn't do it, too rigid. I'm not going to try to make my own
fermented bean curd or oyster sauce and I'm not going to give up soba
noodles or knockwurst or andouille sausage. And don't even think
about how to make my gin and tonic...... -aem
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> sf wrote:
>
> > I just bought a hand crank pasta machine yesterday, so it remains to be
> > seen if I become a total convert to home made pasta. I'm focused on
> > ravioli at this point.

>
> Are you totally set on that? Lasagna is easier.
>

I know I should start there, and I'll do it eventually (or even first)
but I'm focused on ravioli at the moment... actually I'm focused on
the type where you cut a circle, fold it over and end up with a filled
half circle... whatever that's called.

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> Yes, I do buy
> mayo, but if I ever get that immersion blender -- Hellmanns, look out.


I love homemade, but even one egg makes too much to use before it
needs to be tossed.

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On Aug 4, 12:25 pm, Omelet > wrote:
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> >,
>
> aem > wrote:
>
> > > How would life change under this new approach?

>
> > A lot more time in the kitchen. Time that would become work instead
> > of fun.

>
> Disagree.


You don't really disagree, you just didn't read or understand what I
wrote. Try again when you're not so tired or in such a rush. -
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> On Wed, 4 Aug 2010 11:07:36 -0700, "Bob Terwilliger"
> > wrote:
>
>> sf wrote:
>>
>> > I just bought a hand crank pasta machine yesterday, so it remains to be
>> > seen if I become a total convert to home made pasta. I'm focused on
>> > ravioli at this point.

>>
>> Are you totally set on that? Lasagna is easier.
>>

> I know I should start there, and I'll do it eventually (or even first)
> but I'm focused on ravioli at the moment... actually I'm focused on
> the type where you cut a circle, fold it over and end up with a filled
> half circle... whatever that's called.
>
> --
>
> Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.


Mesa-luna?

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On Aug 4, 12:53 pm, Omelet > wrote:
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> It's just that I don't consider cooking to be "work".
>
> YMMV or course! ;-)
>
> Cooking from scratch does not have to be that time consuming, if you
> know how and what.


Do you consider boiling dried pasta to be cooking from scratch? Sure
you do, but the OP talked about 'basic single ingredients'. If that
means flour then you've first got to make and dry and store your
pasta. I would consider that work. I bake bread sometimes, but not
always and not all the kinds we like to eat. Baking some is fun;
baking all of it, or going without some kinds, would be work.

You make some sausage. Do you make all the kinds you enjoy?
Knockwurst? Lop cheong? Andouille? Making some Italian sausage is
fun, making every kind we like would be work.

I buy very few processed foods but quite a few prepared condiments and
flavorings. My question of the OP is, which are "reasonably" prepared
at home and which are not? The ingredients for oyster sauce are
known; is making your own "basic"? You might think it's fun once; I
think it's work.

You're still missing the essential point, which is how do you choose
to define what is "basic"? -aem

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>Make a Ranch dressing from scratch and don't flinch when everyone asks you
>why it is so runny...<no chemical thickeners>.


Xanthum gum is right there on the supermarket shelf.

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> If you were to adopt this approach, how would your life change? Are
> there prepared items that you would particularly miss? Any deal-
> breakers for you? (I'm close to calling no more Diet Coke a deal-
> breaker, but that's me.) Would your life be better or worse?
>
> Scooter


I wonder how you'd like making soda crackers or oyster crackers from
scratch. Or any number of condiments that wouldn't be refrigerator-
stable for long periods of time because they wouldn't have any of even
a minimum number of stabilizers and preservatives in them....

You apparently don't currently buy "meal in a box," but you have no
problem buying box mixes like for brownies? Scratch brownies are so
much better. And making granola is good, but how much variety can you
arrange for scratch cereals? Do you make one kind? two? four? The
packaged cereal gives about 50 times more variety.

As for Diet Coke, or any soda, that stuff will kill ya, and you
shouldn't be drinking it anyway - it has absolutely no nutrient value
at all, and is actually detrimental to many parts of your body.

N.


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On Aug 4, 12:26 pm, Omelet > wrote:
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>
> sf > wrote:
>
> > I love homemade, but even one egg makes too much to use before it
> > needs to be tossed.

>
> You've got to be kidding me...
>
> If your 'frige is as cold as it ought to be, even a pint of home made
> mayo will keep for a month.


Most published recipes for homemade mayo recommend storing for about a
week. I regularly throw the remainder out about then because I know
it cost me little and the next batch will take only moments to
make. -aem
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>
> *sf > wrote:
> > On Wed, 4 Aug 2010 11:12:26 -0700 (PDT), Kalmia
> > > wrote:

>
> > > Yes, I do buy
> > > mayo, but if I ever get that immersion blender -- Hellmanns, look out..

>
> > I love homemade, but even one egg makes too much to use before it
> > needs to be tossed.

>
> You've got to be kidding me...
>
> If your 'frige is as cold as it ought to be, even a pint of home made
> mayo will keep for a month.
> --
> Peace! Om



I would never keep anything with raw egg in it longer than 3 days in
the fridge; it would make me terribly sick (know this from
experience). Maybe Egg Beaters is different, haven't ever tried that.

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> ...
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>
>
>
>
> > On Wed, 4 Aug 2010 11:07:36 -0700, "Bob Terwilliger"
> > > wrote:

>
> >> sf wrote:

>
> >> > I just bought a hand crank pasta machine yesterday, so it remains to be
> >> > seen if I become a total convert to home made pasta. *I'm focused on
> >> > ravioli at this point.

>
> >> Are you totally set on that? Lasagna is easier.

>
> > I know I should start there, and I'll do it eventually (or even first)
> > but I'm focused on ravioli at the moment... actually I'm focused on
> > the type where you cut a circle, fold it over and end up with a filled
> > half circle... whatever that's called.

>
> > --

>
> > Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.

>
> Mesa-luna?- Hide quoted text -
>
> - Show quoted text -


A mezzaluna is a half-moon-shaped sharp tool with a handle to use
chopping herbs, etc. It isn't a food item that is eaten. Empanadas
are traditionally shaped as described but they aren't ravioli.
Actually, does ravioli have to be square? Who says? You could make
yours in a half moon shape, and if it's pasta with a filling, couldn't
you call it ravioli?

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> I have been thinking about trying an experiment. (Okay, not really
> thinking about it, more like daydreaming about it. Musing. I'm only
> about half serious at this point.) We eat fairly well as a family,
> relatively speakingówe cook a lot from scratch, we don't eat frozen
> convenience dinners or meal-in-a-box things, etcóbut there are still a
> lot of processed/prepared items in my shopping cart every Saturday
> morning. We certainly could do better.
>
> So I was thinking, what if I only bought basic single-ingredient food
> and we made everything else ourselves from those single ingredients?
> If we want cookies, we make cookiesóno more buying Oreos. Shredded
> Wheat is fine, but Honey Bunches of Oats is not. (That's okay; I make
> a damn fine granola.) Brownie mix? Nix. I buy chocolate, butter, eggs,
> sugar, flour, vanilla, and nuts instead. We don't buy anything
> prepared if it can reasonably be prepared in a home kitchen. Basics
> all the way.
>
> How would life change under this new approach? I think we would eat
> better. I think, but am not certain, that our grocery bills would be
> lower (or at least not higher). I think initially we would spend a
> whole lot more time cooking, but I think over time we would gravitate
> toward meals that were either simple and quick to prepare or were good
> enough to justify the extra effort.
>
> If you were to adopt this approach, how would your life change? Are
> there prepared items that you would particularly miss? Any deal-
> breakers for you? (I'm close to calling no more Diet Coke a deal-



I don't see a big problem. That's basically what goes on in our house.
we eat very few prepared foods. My cereal supply is Shredded Wheat,
Cream of Wheat and oatmeal. I make my own jams and jellies. I bake my
own pies, cakes and cookies and almost never use mixes. I do
occasionally buy pasta sauce and I buy soups. If I want lasagna, I make
it from scratch (except for the sauce), and use fresh grated Parmesan
not the canned stuff. I even make my own ice cream.
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aem wrote:

How would life change under this new approach?


A lot more time in the kitchen. Time that would become work instead
of fun.


Disagree.


You don't really disagree, you just didn't read or understand what I
wrote. Try again when you're not so tired or in such a rush. -
aem
I've never taken the whole "basic" dive. I found, though, that, when I have gone from scratch, I'm more inclined to get my kids involved mixing and whipping, etc. Messier; but they can clean as well as they can make the food/mess. If not, you TEACH them.

Sounds worthwhile, especially if you have some rugrats. Your kids are much less likely to bolt down five brownies if they labored on them.

I can only see the positive. I don't eat much ketchup, admittedly, so I can't see missing that. My kids ahev learned, thoug, that homemade bread and soup is "basic" and one of the more perfect measl one can enjoy, while being flexibale enough to maintain regular interest in the two.


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> On Wed, 4 Aug 2010 11:12:26 -0700 (PDT), Kalmia
> > wrote:
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>> Yes, I do buy
>> mayo, but if I ever get that immersion blender -- Hellmanns, look out.

>
> I love homemade, but even one egg makes too much to use before it
> needs to be tossed.
>


That's my life. ;-) I occasionally run out of mayo but I can't say that
it happens often because I rarely use it. A small jar of that stuff
lasts so long in our house that I don't usually think to replace it.
Then I use up the last of a jar and don't have a replacement on hand. If
I make a batch I will end up throwing out 3/4 of it. As much as I like
the home made stuff, I just don't use much mayo.
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>>> Yes, I do buy
>>> mayo, but if I ever get that immersion blender -- Hellmanns, look out.

>> I love homemade, but even one egg makes too much to use before it
>> needs to be tossed.

>
> You've got to be kidding me...
>
> If your 'frige is as cold as it ought to be, even a pint of home made
> mayo will keep for a month.



I use a spoonful of mayo every month or two. If I used it more or knew
it would be used quickly, would just make it up. But I don't because it
always ends up getting thrown out.
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Goomba wrote:
> Scooter wrote:
>> So I was thinking, what if I only bought basic single-ingredient food
>> and we made everything else ourselves from those single ingredients?


>>

> Are you prepared to make your own ketchup? I've only made it once and it
> was delicious, but a bit "thin". I make a lot from scratch and know I
> could make more if I had to but don't.
> I was talking to some folks I work with and they had *no* idea you could
> make pudding from scratch! Worse yet, they only bothered with *instant*
> <blech!> so we had a little "teaching moment" there as I explained how
> simple pudding is to make from scratch.



Good point, Goomba. There are things (like ketchup) that aren't worth
making from scratch. There are other things that are so much better
when homemade, it's worth the time and energy.

Another example: You can make spaghetti sauce from fresh tomatoes in
summer, but in winter the canned tomatoes taste better and are better value.

I wouldn't suggest "dumbing down" your diet to accommodate the scratch
concept completely. That would create a boring table.

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On Aug 4, 2:15*pm, aem > wrote:
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> *[snips]
>
> My question of the OP is, which are "reasonably" prepared
> at home and which are not? *The ingredients for oyster sauce are
> known; is making your own "basic"? *You might think it's fun once; I
> think it's work.
>


The "reasonable" part certainly is subject to interpretation. I
haven't made any serious rules yet in my mind; I've just been
thinking. But as an example, these are some things that I remember
buying last week that I would consider off limits (I think): club
crackers, microwave Spanish rice, canned soup, chocolate milk mix,
canned refried beans, Doritos, sandwich bread, barbecue sauce. Other
than the crackers and the Doritos, I have made all these items
successfully from scratch before, but this time I went for convenience
instead.
That's the trade-off I'm questioning.


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On Aug 4, 2:21*pm, Nancy2 > wrote:

> I wonder how you'd like making soda crackers or oyster crackers from
> scratch. *


See, I wonder that too. I might enjoy it. If I didn't, I might
question how important crackers are to me.

> You apparently don't currently buy "meal in a box," but you have no
> problem buying box mixes like for brownies? *Scratch brownies are so
> much better. *And making granola is good, but how much variety can you
> arrange for scratch cereals? *Do you make one kind? *two? *four? *The
> packaged cereal gives about 50 times more variety.


I agree that scratch brownies are better, and I do make them from
scratch most of the time. Sometimes I let convenience win out, which
is what I'm questioning now. As for variety, do we really need 75 or
100 kinds of cereal? If I have a choice of granola, coffee cake,
bagels, toast, or oatmeal for breakfast, all well-made at home,
shouldn't that be sufficient?



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On Aug 4, 1:49 pm, Scooter > wrote:
> On Aug 4, 2:15 pm, aem > wrote:
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>
>
> > [snips]

>
> > My question of the OP is, which are "reasonably" prepared
> > at home and which are not? The ingredients for oyster sauce are
> > known; is making your own "basic"? You might think it's fun once; I
> > think it's work.

>
> The "reasonable" part certainly is subject to interpretation. I
> haven't made any serious rules yet in my mind; I've just been
> thinking.


Right. I thing we all think from time to time about where to draw the
line between 'make or buy'. I tend to think of it in negative terms--
that is, what do I have an active interest in avoiding. Too much
salt, HFCS, trans-fats, and so on.

> But as an example, these are some things that I remember
> buying last week that I would consider off limits (I think): club
> crackers, microwave Spanish rice, canned soup, chocolate milk mix,
> canned refried beans, Doritos, sandwich bread, barbecue sauce. Other
> than the crackers and the Doritos, I have made all these items
> successfully from scratch before, but this time I went for convenience
> instead.
> That's the trade-off I'm questioning.


Quality versus purchased product also comes into play. My Spanish
rice, refried beans, and barbecue sauce(s) are made from scratch
because they are *better* than their purchased counterparts. The
soups I make are better, too, but I don't make all the kinds of soup
we like to eat. On the other hand, the few times I've tried to make
crackers have not been successful.

When I worked, time mattered a lot. The big trade-off for me now that
time is not a particular concern is work versus fun. I quite enjoy
cooking and eating the results but I avoid the things that seem to be
more trouble than they're worth. I"ll make homemade egg noodles now
and then for a stew but I won't make most pasta. I'll make Sichuan
scallion pancakes but I'll not again try to make the steamed buns
(bao) for dim sum. I'll make rolls for a special dinner but I won't
make buns for grilled hamburgers. Come to think of it, I might if
somebody had a recipe for the potato buns I had a few times in San
Francisco. Might have been Acme? I don't know......now all this
typing today has made me ramble.... -aem


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> If your 'frige is as cold as it ought to be, even a pint of home made
> mayo will keep for a month.


I only keep it a week before throwing out. Don't trust raw egg to
last a month uncooked.

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> I do occasionally buy pasta sauce and I buy soups.


Those two are nevers in my house.

> I even make my own ice cream.


That's an "occasional" here.

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> I agree that scratch brownies are better, and I do make them from
> scratch most of the time. Sometimes I let convenience win out, which
> is what I'm questioning now.


Ha! My scratch brownies suck, so I buy a mix. Not that I make
brownies very often.

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On Wed, 04 Aug 2010 14:46:18 -0600, "gloria.p" >
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> Good point, Goomba. There are things (like ketchup) that aren't worth
> making from scratch. There are other things that are so much better
> when homemade, it's worth the time and energy.


That's the way I felt about chili sauce until I discovered Homade
brand and baked beans until I discovered that B&M tastes exactly like
what I made from scratch (so if all I want is a little, I buy a can of
B&M now).


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> I have been thinking about trying an experiment. (Okay, not really
> thinking about it, more like daydreaming about it. Musing. I'm only
> about half serious at this point.) We eat fairly well as a family,
> relatively speakingówe cook a lot from scratch, we don't eat frozen
> convenience dinners or meal-in-a-box things, etcóbut there are still a
> lot of processed/prepared items in my shopping cart every Saturday
> morning. We certainly could do better.
>
> So I was thinking, what if I only bought basic single-ingredient food
> and we made everything else ourselves from those single ingredients?
> If we want cookies, we make cookiesóno more buying Oreos. Shredded
> Wheat is fine, but Honey Bunches of Oats is not. (That's okay; I make
> a damn fine granola.) Brownie mix? Nix. I buy chocolate, butter, eggs,
> sugar, flour, vanilla, and nuts instead. We don't buy anything
> prepared if it can reasonably be prepared in a home kitchen. Basics
> all the way.
>
> How would life change under this new approach? I think we would eat
> better. I think, but am not certain, that our grocery bills would be
> lower (or at least not higher). I think initially we would spend a
> whole lot more time cooking, but I think over time we would gravitate
> toward meals that were either simple and quick to prepare or were good
> enough to justify the extra effort.
>
> If you were to adopt this approach, how would your life change? Are
> there prepared items that you would particularly miss? Any deal-
> breakers for you? (I'm close to calling no more Diet Coke a deal-
> breaker, but that's me.) Would your life be better or worse?
>


We pretty much do without processed foods here. I don't think it has
changed our lives for the worst, but I've always cooked from scratch,
being raised in a Kosher home where there just wasn't any of that
processed junk available at the time.

My kids didn't taste jarred spaghetti sauce or canned soup until they
were in college. Stuff was home made because it was cheaper to make it
myself than to buy it.

No Diet Coke would be a deal-breaker for me.


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Nancy replied to Zeppo:

>>> I'm focused on ravioli at the moment... actually I'm focused on
>>> the type where you cut a circle, fold it over and end up with a filled
>>> half circle... whatever that's called.

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> A mezzaluna is a half-moon-shaped sharp tool with a handle to use chopping
> herbs, etc. It isn't a food item that is eaten. Empanadas are
> traditionally shaped as described but they aren't ravioli. Actually, does
> ravioli have to be square? Who says? You could make yours in a half moon
> shape, and if it's pasta with a filling, couldn't you call it ravioli?


"Mezzaluna" just means "half-moon." The pasta shape is also called that,
although for clarification I've also seen it called "tortelli mezzaluna".

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> On Wed, 04 Aug 2010 16:28:59 -0400, Dave Smith
> > wrote:
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>> I do occasionally buy pasta sauce and I buy soups.

>
> Those two are nevers in my house.
>
>> I even make my own ice cream.

>
> That's an "occasional" here.
>


It's an almost. I make a batch of ice cream every 2-3 weeks. I have not
bought ice cream since I bought my maker. I did, however, make an
impulse purchase last week, a quart of raspberry sherbet.
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I go through this dilemma all the time in my head. I work in a school with some cafeteria gals who know how to cook "old school." It drives them nuts that we blow money on prepackaged PB&Js and fake ribs; me too.There once was a day when cool vegetables, fruits, fresh bread and soup were offered most days.

Sounds too easy.

Beef stew (the kind grown by people HERE), while offering a vegetarian choice of a well stocked salad bar would be any easy money saver if made from scratch. The poeple are in place. ADELANTE...DEGUELLO!!!

It could be done cheaply, and with more options for kids. Now, I need a french onion soup recipe that doesn't include wine. :x


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On Wed, 4 Aug 2010 13:58:07 -0700 (PDT), Scooter
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>On Aug 4, 2:21*pm, Nancy2 > wrote:
>
>> I wonder how you'd like making soda crackers or oyster crackers from
>> scratch. *

>
>See, I wonder that too. I might enjoy it. If I didn't, I might
>question how important crackers are to me.
>
>> You apparently don't currently buy "meal in a box," but you have no
>> problem buying box mixes like for brownies? *Scratch brownies are so
>> much better. *And making granola is good, but how much variety can you
>> arrange for scratch cereals? *Do you make one kind? *two? *four? *The
>> packaged cereal gives about 50 times more variety.

>
>I agree that scratch brownies are better, and I do make them from
>scratch most of the time. Sometimes I let convenience win out, which
>is what I'm questioning now. As for variety, do we really need 75 or
>100 kinds of cereal? If I have a choice of granola, coffee cake,
>bagels, toast, or oatmeal for breakfast, all well-made at home,
>shouldn't that be sufficient?


Very few food items here are purchased that are 'pre made'.

In fact, about the only thing I can think of that I buy are Ryvitas (a
crisp bread).

Otherwise, it's all basic ingredients, meaning everything is made
from scratch. Also grow and hunt most of our fruit, veggies and
Poultry and meat. Dairy comes from an adjoining property - except for
some cheeses which I get from the delis. Undoubtedly more time
consuming than pre made products, but far more enjoyable in every way.
No, I have very little spare time in my day because of this - it's
basically a full time job (being self sufficient) - but no regrets.
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All cooking aside, you would definitely eat better as you would no longer be packing your body with chemicals and preservatives. Yeah, I know sounds paranoid and all, but think about how slender and healthy people used to be, compared to now.
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> think about how slender and healthy
> people used to be, compared to now.


That has a lot to do with the volume of food that we stuff down our
gullets today.

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On Aug 4, 3:28*pm, Dave Smith > wrote:
> Scooter wrote:
> > I have been thinking about trying an experiment. (Okay, not really
> > thinking about it, more like daydreaming about it. Musing. I'm only
> > about half serious at this point.) We eat fairly well as a family,
> > relatively speakingówe cook a lot from scratch, we don't eat frozen
> > convenience dinners or meal-in-a-box things, etcóbut there are still a
> > lot of processed/prepared items in my shopping cart every Saturday
> > morning. We certainly could do better.

>
> > So I was thinking, what if I only bought basic single-ingredient food
> > and we made everything else ourselves from those single ingredients?
> > If we want cookies, we make cookiesóno more buying Oreos. Shredded
> > Wheat is fine, but Honey Bunches of Oats is not. (That's okay; I make
> > a damn fine granola.) Brownie mix? Nix. I buy chocolate, butter, eggs,
> > sugar, flour, vanilla, and nuts instead. We don't buy anything
> > prepared if it can reasonably be prepared in a home kitchen. Basics
> > all the way.

>
> > How would life change under this new approach? I think we would eat
> > better. I think, but am not certain, that our grocery bills would be
> > lower (or at least not higher). I think initially we would spend a
> > whole lot more time cooking, but I think over time we would gravitate
> > toward meals that were either simple and quick to prepare or were good
> > enough to justify the extra effort.

>
> > If you were to adopt this approach, how would your life change? Are
> > there prepared items that you would particularly miss? Any deal-
> > breakers for you? (I'm close to calling no more Diet Coke a deal-

>
> I don't see a big problem. *That's basically what goes on in our house.
> we eat very few prepared foods. My cereal supply is Shredded Wheat,
> Cream of Wheat and oatmeal. *I make my own jams and jellies. I bake my
> own pies, cakes and cookies and almost never use mixes. *I do
> occasionally buy pasta sauce and I buy soups. *If I want lasagna, I make
> it from scratch (except for the sauce), and use fresh grated Parmesan
> not the canned stuff. I even make my own ice cream.- Hide quoted text -
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You make lasagna noodles, but not sauce? It's exactly the opposite
for me. I always make my own sauce for pizza, lasagna, and any dish
that calls for tomato sauce.

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> > wrote:
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>> think about how slender and healthy
>> people used to be, compared to now.

>
> That has a lot to do with the volume of food that we stuff down our
> gullets today.
>



That and the lack of exercise. We used to walk or ride our bicycles to
school. Most of kids go to school by bus these days. When I was a kid we
were all involved in team sports, hockey in the winter, baseball and/or
soccer in the summer. We were not allowed to watch much television. My
mother used to kick us out of the house every morning if the weather
was halfway decent. She often packed a lunch and sent us off on a hike.
I am surprised to see how much television kids watch these days, and
how much time is spent playing video games. We rarely had junk food in
the house and soda pop was for special occasions only. I am surprised
when I see parents of young children out shopping and the amount of junk
food. I occasionally see a very fat woman with a couple of fat kids and
two shopping carts piled high with soft drinks and junk food. I am
tempted to feel sorry for them.
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