3 Reasons Why You Should Learn to Cook
Is it fair to say that many young people do not cook food for themselves? Maybe not, but a general understanding of the world around us suggests that younger people do not eat home-cooked meals as often as maybe their parents or grandparents did at their age. There are many reasons for this, such as the fact that cooking microwave and ready-meals is easier and more convenient than ever.
Plus, there is a time factor, in that why should a person spend almost two hours creating a home-cooked meal when a similar pre-prepared dish could take as little as two minutes in a microwave? Still, there are plenty of good reasons why you should learn how to cook and create your own meals, and here are three.
1 - The Cost Of Your Home Cooked Meal
Many are going to say that the low cost of ready-meals is more cost effective and will save more money, but this is due to a misunderstanding of the economics of the process. When you home-cook a meal, you are able to create ample amounts that may serve as more than one meal. Many people use the leftovers again the day after. Clever people will purposefully create too much food so that the excess may be portioned out and frozen. This means that a single cooking session may produce several meals. The frozen portions may be kept for a long time, and when a person fancies a meal, he or she may whip a portion out of the freezer and microwave it for a fast, nutritious and cost effective meal. If you were to do this, then the savings may mount dramatically. This is especially true if you have children or a large family where the seemingly small cost of ready-meals climbs very quickly for each dining session.
2 - The Nutritional Value Of Home-Cooked Meals
This point is un-debatable. Unless you are cooking poor-nutrition foodstuffs, then there is a very large chance that your home-cooked meal will be more nutritious than a ready meal. This is not because of some shady corporate plan to keep us all unhealthy, it is because ready meals need lots of preservatives, they need to be blanched, pasteurized and frozen or chilled, all of which lowers the nutritional content. In addition, many need excess water and chorine to help the foodstuff freeze/chill, and to help stop spoiling. Many microwave meals also require a lot of salt because salt helps a microwave meal cook evenly. Without the salt, such ready-meals would need to spend a lot longer in the microwave in order to be cooked thoroughly.
3 - The Taste Comparison
Some microwave meals are delicious, and some people are terrible cooks, so it is unfair to say that one tastes better than the other does. However, if you learn how to cook, you may create nutritious meals that are very tasty (far more than ready-meals are able). The reasons why your home-cooked meals may better taste are numerous, but remember that microwave and ready-meals have the disadvantage of additives, blanching, pasteurizing, and the addition of excess preservatives such as chlorine. All of these factors are needed to help keep the food fresh and enable it to cook, but they also detract from the taste. Your home-cooked meals have no such restrictions.
The Learning Curve
Yes, you are going to have to learn how to cook if you want to fully take advantage of the benefits of home-cooked meals. However, the more you practice, then the better you get at it. Plus, the more you practice, then the less time it takes you to create your meals. The savings, the nutritional value, and the taste are all solid reasons why you should learn how to cook and start right away.