We’ve already talked about how to get more people to cook at home, but now it’ time to pay a little attention to why it’s important to cook at home.
For me, cooking at home provides stress release, a chance to be creative, and lots of pictures of food to fill up my
belly Instagram feed.
In all real-ness, cooking at home is more than just a daunting task that’s waiting for you when you get home from a long day at the office, and today I’m going to tell you why.
You know what’s going into your food. This goes for ingredients but also the amount of work. Let’s take bread for example. The ingredient list on store bought bread has to be in the hundreds (ok, maybe not really), but by making it at home you can do the job in 5 or 6. Making bread at home is a great reminder of how much time and effort (can) really go(es) into a loaf. The process makes you appreciate the bread a little more when you eat it.
Control ingredients. When cooking at home you have the ability to control the number of ingredients on the ingredient list. You can eliminate the salt except for a smidge or you can crank up the complexity with numerous spices, the choice is yours. You can also eliminate some of the artificial binders, emulsifiers, acidifiers, preservers, etc.
Pride and accomplishment. There’s nothing better than serving a plate of home made awesome to your guests and them licking the plate clean because it was so good. It makes you feel good! It also makes you feel awesome when you whip up a new-to-you recipe that turns out to be a smashing success.
Leads to eating at home. If you cook at home you’re probably more likely to also eat at home. This can lead to more stimulating dinner time conversation, a relaxed eating pace, and actually enjoying the moment and the food!
Saves money. Cooking at home saves you money if you know what to do with the ingredients and you do your best to eliminate waste. For some help in this area check out some of my other posts.
Pass on cooking skills to others. The final and one of the most important reasons for cooking at home is to pass on cooking skills to children and other family members. Cooking is arguably the most important life skill you should have but fewer and fewer people actually know how to do it, and that’s so sad. If we don’t know how to feed ourselves and our families with out hitting a restaurant or the ready-made aisle in the supermarket we’re setting ourselves and our families up for a lifetime of chronic illness.
Will you join me in bringing back cooking at home? Stay tuned in the next couple months for a fantastic series I’ve been working on that deals with just that.
Let’s chat! – Do you cook at home? Is it important to you? What are the barriers standing in your way from cooking at home more?