Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

What the Hell is With People and Conveniece Foods?

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • #31
    I am the youngest of 5 and my mum and sister are great cooks the kind that can make something outta nothing!
    As a child I left them to the kitchen and as result when I first moved out of home called my mum to ask how long it takes to boil potatoes! I laugh at that now as I cook from scratch these days.
    Plastic food is for plastic people!
    link to my journal http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread97129.html

    Comment


    • #32
      I was lucky that I grew up living with my mother and grandparents as my mother worked long hours, and my grandmother cooked absolutely everything from scratch and taught me to cook, too. I also had to learn cooking at school (we had no choice whatsoever in the matter!), so when I finally moved out from home cooking from scratch was the only thing I knew. I was horrified when the first flat-share I went to only had a microwave for cooking in - I'd never seen one before. Still, I saved up and bought a mini oven with a 2-ring hob on top, which did me fine, and my flat-mate soon reduced my rent and went for home cooked food rather than the microwave dinners!

      My step-mother, though, very rarely cooked anything from scratch. M&S ready meals were the order of the day (I do remember a particularly nasty incident with a frozen omelette).

      Thankfully all my children know how to cook. I started them young, peeling vegetables around the kitchen table together, which was great fun as we all had a laugh, and progressing from there. It was, of course, all CW fare, but at least they were cooking! My eldest cooked her first Christmas Dinner with no help at all from me (I had a broken wrist) when she was 13, and my youngest (now 12) has been cooking complete meals for at least 3 years. It helps that they all have food allergies, so can't use ready meals, and have to learn how to deal with real food. I hope they pass it on to their children.

      Comment


      • #33
        Originally posted by JoanieL View Post
        When you look at marketing, except for a few generic ads (pork, the other white meat; beef, it's what's for dinner; the incredible edible egg; etc.), we're slammed with ads for specific foods of convenience - 10% pure fruit juice, healthy chocolate cereals, those microwave steam bags with veggies and gross sauces - the list goes on and on. People who grew up on this kind of advertising may really not know any better.
        everyone needs to see the movie Idiocracy.

        Comment


        • #34
          I was fortunate that my parents cooked and fed us well when I was a child, but I came here from a country where processed foods were pretty much nonexistent in our daily diet, so chips, packaged and frozen foods, etc were novelties to me and I sought to eat them over home cooking. I'm amazed I stayed as scrawny as I did. I remember eating entire boxes of Pringles and Little Debbie's in an afternoon of reading.
          F 28/5'4/100 lbs

          "I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath; do your research."

          Comment


          • #35
            Being the primary cook for a family of 8 I certainly have times when "convenience" foods are really "convenient". I have
            those nights when we are popping food into the microwave or putting a frozen pizza in the oven. HOWEVER I have many
            more nights when we are making homemade pizzas and other meals from "scratch". Our family is not the norm though.
            My children for the most part think our family is weird because we don't have soda in the house and that don't have a pantry stocked with an all you can eat bonanza of packaged cookies and chips. I use to not believe their stories about friend whose
            packed lunches from home were "lunchables" everyday along with an extra juice box and bag of chips but I have seen this
            first hand. Hamburger Helper is also the norm as well as frozen waffles etc, NORMAL everyday stuff not just once in a while.
            I grew up with homemade spaghetti sauce and homemade everything. I desperately wanted the brand name stuff I saw in the
            commercials so I try and buy these sort of items from time to time. They are convenient but not necessary with some planning. As for whether I like to actually cook or not, I don't like to cook for others, but I do it because I have to or we will
            starve. Buying pre-made boxed food to live off of just doesn't seem healthy to me. I cannot wrap my head around the thought
            of someone thinking that it is but many people do think it is an alright way to live. It isn't even good for the Earth!

            It also may seem crazy but we held back on signing our daughter up for fall softball this year because we were tired of
            the relentless begging to go to a fast food joint before AND after each and every game, which I did not give in to because
            I don't like fast food and what the heck is the point of playing sports if you are having a breakfast of meat biscuits, chocolate
            milk and hash browns, followed by a lunch of milk shakes and happy meals OR better yet stopping at 2 places after games-
            one for fries and hamburgers with soda of course AND THEN the ice cream shop! In my day we would maybe go to a pizza
            place at the end of the season with the whole team. Not anymore MY kids of course think I am weird and super mean
            because we always drove straight by the fast food places as their teammates family cars would pull in one after the other.
            It really doesn't take much more effort to drive home and make a quick lunch but that just isn't the normal thing to do anymore.

            Now that some of our kids are at an age where they can choose what they eat I am seeing a couple of extremes.
            I have a 19 year old (female if that matters) that lives off of microwavable foods, even that breakfast hash stuff in the
            original post when we have eggs, onions, peppers and such in the house ready to be cooked, granola bars, ramen noodles etc.
            She spends half her paychecks at Walmart buying instant crap.
            I also have an 18 year old female who whips up homemade pancakes, vegetable stir frys and homemade pies like they are nothing. All she needs are veggies in the frig, eggs and other staples and she is good to go. She just shakes her head at her
            sister.
            So I am not sure if it is how we are raising our kids (the examples we are setting) or just personality types and the availability
            of processed verses real foods, self discipline or whatever. I just know that it seems like I am not the "normal" anymore and
            am sort of known as the extreme. I know that I am not "extreme", not at all.

            Comment


            • #36
              I think the best is the pre-peeled bananas.

              http://maggiesfeast.wordpress.com/
              Check out my blog. Hope to share lots of great recipes and ideas!

              Comment


              • #37
                Originally posted by magnolia1973 View Post
                I think the best is the pre-peeled bananas.
                You have GOT to be kidding. They actually have these? I've seen packets of already-sliced apples (also nuts), but a PRE-PEELED banana?

                We're all doomed.

                Comment


                • #38
                  At our house, convenience foods are all the left overs that can be re-heated, either in the microwave or the stove. Oh yeah, nuts and fruits too!
                  There is the rare occasion that I'll find a frozen pizza in the deep freeze but that's when my husband has made a trip to the store. Thank God that doesn't happen very often.
                  Some people just need a sympathetic pat... On the head... With a hammer.

                  Comment


                  • #39
                    Originally posted by blissfull View Post
                    It also may seem crazy but we held back on signing our daughter up for fall softball this year because we were tired of the relentless begging to go to a fast food joint before AND after each and every game, which I did not give in to because I don't like fast food and what the heck is the point of playing sports if you are having a breakfast of meat biscuits, chocolate milk and hash browns, followed by a lunch of milk shakes and happy meals OR better yet stopping at 2 places after games-one for fries and hamburgers with soda of course AND THEN the ice cream shop! In my day we would maybe go to a pizza place at the end of the season with the whole team. Not anymore MY kids of course think I am weird and super mean
                    because we always drove straight by the fast food places as their teammates family cars would pull in one after the other.
                    It really doesn't take much more effort to drive home and make a quick lunch but that just isn't the normal thing to do anymore.
                    To be fair, those times are the best for socializing with the rest of the team. Maybe do a compromise and let them have lunch with their mates sometimes?
                    My chocolatey Primal journey

                    Unusual food recipes (plus chocolate) blog

                    Comment


                    • #40
                      Originally posted by JoanieL View Post
                      I don't really get it either. Then again, I've never been a working parent with children. Maybe there aren't enough hours in the day.
                      I call bullshit on anyone who uses that as an excuse.

                      I am the product of two working parents (and a single mom until awesome stepdad arrived) and between sports and activities for all of us, we still ate dinner together at the table almost every night.

                      They did not rely on prepackaged convenience foods for every meal. Meals weren't always exciting -- meat, rice/potatoes, frozen/canned veg...or a casserole...Sometimes it was soup & sandwiches or bacon & eggs... but they were economical, plentiful, relatively balanced and not full of mystery ingredients. Mom used the crock pot a lot, even if it meant getting up 15 min earlier to brown some meat before tossing it in. Dad got home first, so he sprinkled some seasoning on the chicken pieces or pork chops and tossed them in the oven. Sometimes we ate the same meal 2 nights in a row. We kids (and dad) learned to cook around age 10, and each were responsible for 1 meal a week, taking the pressure off mom.

                      Takeout was a very rare treat. Like we were lucky if we got pizza or chinese or fish & chips once a month. Not once a month EACH...one take out meal a month. Maybe.

                      Probably the most exciting convenience food they bought was frozen french fries. Which really don't save any time. It was more of a treat, along with the occasional TV dinner...the kind in the aluminum tray! So fun! Again, the only time saved was in the prep, since they still needed to go into the oven. We didn't have a microwave until I was in my teens.
                      Sandra
                      *My obligatory intro

                      There are no cheat days. There are days when you eat primal and days you don't. As soon as you label a day a cheat day, you're on a diet. Don't be on a diet. ~~ Fernaldo

                      DAINTY CAN KISS MY PRIMAL BACKSIDE. ~~ Crabcakes

                      Comment


                      • #41
                        Originally posted by counterpuncher View Post
                        I know that people are busy these days, but many are busy with bullshit that isn't nearly as important as taking the time to prepare a healthy meal so their families can eat right.
                        Sometimes priorities need to be set.
                        Imagine how many crock pot dinners could be prepped in the morning in the time it takes to go through drive thru line up for their grande nonfat soy latte.
                        Sandra
                        *My obligatory intro

                        There are no cheat days. There are days when you eat primal and days you don't. As soon as you label a day a cheat day, you're on a diet. Don't be on a diet. ~~ Fernaldo

                        DAINTY CAN KISS MY PRIMAL BACKSIDE. ~~ Crabcakes

                        Comment


                        • #42
                          Originally posted by sakura_girl View Post
                          To be fair, those times are the best for socializing with the rest of the team. Maybe do a compromise and let them have lunch with their mates sometimes?
                          Oh, I agree with this and we did our share of lunches with the team (okay, maybe twice) but my daughter did go out
                          with her teammates on other occasions when there was carpooling involved.
                          The "fast food" part is the problem. Real sit down restaurants were out of the question, honestly I cannot tell you why except
                          that maybe they take longer.
                          I guess we do seem anti-social though during these moments. Next spring I will come up with a better plan.

                          Comment


                          • #43
                            Wow, that sounds good? what do you do mass it all together and then put in a cup?

                            Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
                            I do. I cook potatoes, sweet potatoes and yams in them. I can't imagine wasting my time to bake them in the oven. I also make a little chocolate mug cake in the microwave as a treat: one banana, one egg, one heaping spoon of almond or coconut butter and one heaping spoon of cocoa powder. Best thing ever! I also like to reheat leftovers right on my plate so I don't have to wash a lot of pots and pans.
                            Health is Wealth!

                            Comment


                            • #44
                              Originally posted by bloodorchid View Post
                              not knowing how to cook, not knowing any better, not having much time to spend preparing meals, not having the patience it takes to cook a meal from scratch and, last but not least, not liking to cook

                              myself, i cook now out of necessity, but i don't have the patience and i rarely enjoy the time consuming process of peeling and chopping and julienning and waiting and waiting and waiting

                              maybe i'd do better if i cooked several days' worth at once, but i'm just not that kind of patient

                              what can i say, i'm 'special'

                              The I Hate to Cook Book: 50th Anniversary Edition: Peg Bracken, Jo Bracken: Amazon.com: Books
                              For me it's been this stuff. I just don't really like doing it. But I realized after giving it more thought that mostly I don't like following recipes. Luckily most of the stuff I eat with primal just needs to be baked or grilled or steamed or whatever, no real recipe involved. So I am cooking more and more. Always have tried to avoid most processed stuff anyway. Slowly as I get more practice I enjoy it more.
                              Breathe. Move forward.

                              I just eat what I want...

                              Comment


                              • #45
                                After WW2, women started working more . As time went by, it was expected that they worked full time.
                                Now there's no time for real cooking. So, it's pre-prepared foods.

                                We are a slave to debt.

                                The answere is moving back to a silver and gold based dollar. Lower prices. Real Food. Children being taken care of instead of shuttled off to daycare.

                                Lets face it. If we move back to the 30's financially, we'd be better off and healthier. As long as we keep the antibotics for infections.

                                We are slaves to debt.

                                Comment

                                Working...
                                X