Benefits of Cooking from Scratch
Cooking from scratch can sometimes take more time yet is fulfilling because it is so much more than just making fresh food to eat. Let us delve into why it’s worthwhile learning how to cook your own delicious meals and how the benefits extend far beyond the taste and health.
You don’t need to be a Michelin star chef to create mouth-watering dinners. Cooking from scratch simply means to cook a meal without using a readymade mixture of ingredients. Here are just a few benefits of cooking from scratch.
A home cooked meal is a better alternative and much more affordable than splurging all your money on a daily basis on readymade meals. Yes, getting a takeaway may be quick and convenient, but it also comes with a hefty price tag, which isn’t ideal for those living on a tighter budget. Buying ready to cook meals food or eating at a restaurant can quickly add up to a fair amount of money you spend. Imagine all the money that could be much better spent shopping or saving. You’d be pleasantly surprised at how much money you could save by preparing your own food.
If you’re typically habitual of buying food during lunch at work, or while out running errands, start bringing leftovers from the night before or bring a packed lunch and see how much money you can save over time.
DIFFERENT TASTE, BETTER TASTE
Nothing compares to the quality and flavour of food made from scratch, and this is because of the quality and freshness of ingredients. It may seem like food from restaurants taste good, but the reality is that after the first few bites it quickly becomes dissatisfying. After cooking your own meal, you’ll begin to notice the flavours of the ingredients and you recognise a good cook. Who knows, you may even find yourself asking chefs, ‘what did you put in this?’ and taking mental notes to try something back home.
Not to forget, fast found joints or ready to cook meals tend to cut corners by using unhealthy ingredients as a cost-cutting method. The best part about cooking is that ownership you have over the portion control.
Cooking food from scratch can be very liberating as it makes you the boss of your kitchen. You don’t have to ask for modifications, and you can make your favourite foods over and over again. There is absolutely nothing like having the advantage to choose from the finest herbs and spices to experiment a little.
Most ready to cook meals and packaged foods are loaded with nasty fats, sugar, salt, and chemicals. These are cheap ways to make food taste good and the chemicals allow the food to have a longer shelf life but are DEFINITELY not good for your health. As we’ve mentioned, cooking food from scratch gives you the portion control, you are free to use good fats and less sugar and salt. Not only that, you get to handpick the ingredients, so you know the quality before you eat. By using fresh ingredients you can measure portions accurately with your kitchen scale to ensure each recipe is cooked to perfection.
LEARNING GROCERY SHOPPING
Instead of rushing through the grocery store looking for things that can be easily assembled or reheated into easy meals, learning to cook from scratch makes you pay attention to the various ingredients. You learn how to read food labels and ingredient lists, deciphering what exactly is in the products that you’re buying. This is pretty empowering.
IT'S THERAPEUTIC - YOU CREATE A BALANCE FOR YOURSELF
You may find that after working all day or caring for a busy young family, there is something comforting and calming about the act of cooking. It’s fun, hands-on creative time and gives you the opportunity to have some me-time. You may also spice things up a bit, by turning up the music and getting rid of those stress hormones!
MAKE ENOUGH TO SHARE/ SAVE FOR THE NEXT DAY
To get the most out of these benefits it’s best to pair homemade meals with proper preserving methods. You can make a lot of recipes go farther by adding them to the freezer, in freezer safe containers, of course. Fruits and vegetables can be canned or pickled to prevent spoilage - saving you money over time. One of our biggest takeaways is that there are going to be times when you have no leftovers, are short on the cash, and you really won’t feel like cooking. In times like these, you need a backup meal option you can rely upon – something that won’t take much time to prepare but still be nourishing. For us, that means an omelette.
Our top tip:
Make your fresh herbs last longer by hanging them up in an area with lots of sunlight but no humidity.
It’s always nice to take extra food to neighbours or a family in need. Know anyone who had a baby or made a move lately? We’re sure they’d enjoy a lasagne to ease their transition into their new lifestyle, not to forget it’s a good way to bond with people.
BRINGS FAMILY TOGETHER
Our favourite benefit of cooking from scratch is the fact that we can do it together. Pick a day of the week maybe something like Baking Wednesdays and get the kids involved in the fun baking session. Make a list of things you need in the freezer for the coming week. - This is also a good educational practice - giving them a break from their regular homework. If you need any baking basic tips, be sure to check out our article on 5 Basic Baking Tips
“Everyone should know how to cook at least the basics because everyone eats.”
When it comes to cooking from scratch, it is fun, creative, therapeutic and challenging. So, what meal are you cooking from scratch? Don’t forget to share your ideas with us on Instagram! @SalterUK