Love Your Kitchen: Start from Scratch

In Cooking, Tips by Mandi Flake3 Comments

It is Day 4 of our #Write31Days series focusing on Learning to Love Your Kitchen. If you would like to see all the posts from this series, head over to Day 1 for links to everything.

Today I want to share with you my love of cooking from scratch. If you’ve been poking around My Cup Is Full, you may have noticed I prefer to start from raw ingredients rather than a box or can (however I’m not against using both from time to time). Over the past 3 years I’ve come to realize that the food I make is more beautiful, tasty, and healthy when fewer factories are involved. The first loaf of bread out of my oven that had nothing but flour, water, yeast and salt was a revelation and huge turning point for me in the types of recipes I began to seek out and learn how to make.

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Now, if you’re so new to the kitchen that the thought of regularly cooking or baking from scratch makes your eyes roll back and your body convulse, let me encourage you to take a deep breath, and remember: Start Where You’re At. You don’t need to start grinding your own flour tomorrow… honest! Instead, during your next grocery trip try challenging yourself to avoid all the center aisles and instead take a couple extra laps around the produce section for inspiration. Stick to Simple, Seasonal, & Quality (… fyi, so bummed I couldn’t think of an S word… if you have one, do share!), and you won’t be disappointed.

The best recipes will always (okay I’m getting kind of assertive here, but this is based on my personal experience) start with raw ingredients. Why? Because often highly processed foods have to load in salt and sugars (like high fructose corn syrup) to create a product that makes you come back and buy more and covers up the fact that it has lost all of the layers of flavor that nature gives, well, naturally!

You can even use those raw ingredients to decorate your kitchen… Piles of apples, waiting at arms reach to turn into a pie, apple sauce, or a quick snack is a encouraging visual cue reminding you that it’s time to turn this beautiful bounty into something tasty that is good for you too.

Tomorrow I’ve got a quick and SUPER easy way to start replacing one processed item from your pantry with a quick formula to make it yourself, and put you in the driver seat of what your food is made of and how  it tastes.

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