Grab your spatula, spoon, and whisks. The battle to end all battles has begun!
You want the best for your family. Unfortunately, when you walk through the store or spend time in the kitchen, it’s sometimes hard to figure out exactly what the best is for them. With so many quick-mix options readily available, you may be tempted to go with this choice every time you step foot in your kitchen. However, doing some things yourself may reap better rewards.
So when it comes down to cooking everything from scratch or using a mix, how do you choose which is best?
Want to know everything going into your body? Then you’re going to need to make all your foods from scratch. Otherwise, there is always the risk of putting something unexpected in your food and subsequently in your body. On the other hand, regulatory bodies have forced food companies to do a decent job of labeling what is in their products. Therefore, you will have a good idea of what is in a mix or even premade food item by simply paying attention to the labels. Unfortunately, food labels aren’t always written in easy-to-understand English. Common names for ingredients are tossed out the window and traded for their scientific (a.k.a. difficult to understand) names. Because of this, you may unknowingly use a food mix with an ingredient you don’t want you or your family to eat.
– Mark Twain
Though it is vital to know everything that is going into your body and the bodies of your loved ones, the proper ingredients don’t always have the final say in whether you choose to use a mix for your foods or do it from scratch. Another very important factor is time. After all, the purpose in cooking food at home is to save a few bucks and bring the family together for meals. If you spend hours and hours preparing food, you won’t have as much time to socialize with your loved ones. Even something as simple as macaroni and cheese takes extra time if you have to measure and cut the cheese, and creating your own salad dressing can be time-consuming, so choose wisely!
At one point in time, making foods by scratch cost less than using a mix out of a box. However, those days are long gone. Today, it is almost always cheaper to buy a box of cookie mix than to whip out the flour, chocolate chips, and milk. On occasion, however, making it on your own can be more cost effective, so if cost is a big factor, get ready to do your math when you go to the grocery store.
Once you’ve figured out how important ingredients, cost, and time are to your decision, there is a fourth thing to consider: knowing your food is going to turn out right. Unless you’re an accomplished chef or have spent years and years preparing homemade foods from scratch, you may lack confidence in your cooking abilities. You you’re your food to turn out, and a mix may be the best way to ensure consistency. Because of this, using a ready made mix for your pancakes, cakes, biscuits, muffins, or stuffing may give you some peace of mind that it will turn out well. On the other hand, if you like the idea of growing your kitchen know-how and are willing to have a flop now and then (which all great cooks have), you ought to try making your foods from scratch. To get in a little practice, choose a food and make it for no reason at all. If it turns out okay, give it to a neighbor or friend. Do it over and over and your made-by-scratch skills will skyrocket!