I was the most clueless person when it comes to matters of preparing and cooking food. I preferred suffering a poor-tasting microwavable dinner and spending less time in the kitchen than keeling myself over preparing that fabulous, home-cooked meal. This was all before I got married and started a family. I, the anti-cook, is suddenly given the responsibility of coming up with decent meals, ones that would require an oven, some seasonings, measuring cups, and heaven forbid, raw meat.
Months later, after I’ve understood the value of salt and pepper, and used every kitchen utensil imaginable, I discovered cooking is not so bad. It’s a meticulous job, but it is also quite enjoyable. And that’s not all. I’ve noticed a lot of positive changes in my life since I started cooking. Here are the reasons why cooking is an activity everyone should be acquainted with:
1. There are endless possibilities when it comes to cooking ideas and tips. One can just go to the internet and find various recipes for every kind of food in every culture. There are even videos that shows step-by-step procedures for first-time cooks. The “I don’t know how to cook” excuse is not a valid argument anymore and should be replaced with “I’m just too lazy to cook”. When I was still shopping for frozen cooked products, the choices are very limited. Whereas when you’re cooking from scratch, everything is possible. It allows you to be experimental and suit the meal you’re cooking to the tastes and needs of your family.
2. You can save a lot of money by preparing the food yourself. This is a no-brainer. Our grocery bill decreased significantly after I traded the frozen meals for fresh produce and raw meat. Also, the grocery trips became fewer, which meant less expenses. In addition to that, eating out and ordering in food became rare, reserved only for special occasions. Before, I used to depend on food from restaurants if I wanted a nice dinner. Now, equipped with knowledge of cooking, I can just go to my own kitchen and make a nice dinner for myself. Just think about all that money you can save.
3. Home-cooked meals are healthier when compared to frozen dinners. The latter is often loaded with fat, sodium and calories. Sure there are healthy options but it is more costly. When you cook the food yourself, you are 100% aware of each and every ingredient you put and you don’t have to rely on the package labels, which can be misleading anyway, to find out if it is too fattening. You get to be in control of coming up with a well-balanced meal for your family. It’s also advantageous to cook your own meals if a family member has allergies and has to avoid certain food groups.
4. Nothing beats the taste of home-cooked meals. A lot of people will second that. Meals cooked by our mothers are generally regarded as soothing and comforting that even as we grow up, we still yearn for that familiar food once in a while. As mothers, our husbands and children will feel happier and more loved if we take the time to cook them a good meal. This will encourage them to be always home for dinner, since they are more satisfied eating at home than anywhere else.
5. Cooking itself is therapeutic. It may be time-consuming and frustrating at first, but eventually, when it gets routine, you look forward to that time when you can just clear your mind and focus on the task at hand. It is comparable to hobbies like knitting or painting, in that it is productive and satisfying. It also boosts one’s self-worth, especially if the end result is pleasant. It gives you pride in knowing that your family relies on you in that aspect and you alone can fulfill that need.