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Home cooked health

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Over the past few months, my wife and I have been working on getting away from any sort of prepared food. It is amazing what is in a lot of those foods, and how much they lack in nutrition.

This includes the boxed/bagged dinners like instant pasta and rice. Most of those foods contain MSG as well as several preservatives and dyes that are not good for you, but make the food taste better, last longer, or look better. While I understand why they are included in the foods I do not want to consume them.

This all started with my stir fry. I make stir fry at least about once a week. I found that the sauce I was using was not only very unhealthy, but the soy sauce base was artificially made. After this I went out and got good soy sauce, fresh ginger, garlic, vinegar, brown sugar and some other ingredients and made my own sauce. It really was not hard, and it tastes a lot better. On top of that it is much healthier as it has a much lower sodium content and no artificial anything.

A couple days later I decided to switch out my breakfast sausage for home made sausage. Another easy task that ended very well. I was able to make sausage that not only tastes better than what I would get at the store, but it had a significantly lower fat content and no fillers. The recipe I use is one by Alton Brown, except I do not add the fat to the meat.

It has progressed from here to the point that we now mill our own flour and make our own bread. I feel much better physically and mentally because not only is the food I eat better for me, but I also know that it does not have anything artificial in it. Maybe next I will make my own cheese, fresh mozzarella cheese sounds good.
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    Kikkoman soysauce is naturally brewed.

    As for the link for the Sausage, try again there may have been a problem with the site. It appears to work now.
    1476 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    HI D! You mentioned that you found a pure soy sauce. Where did you find it? I have been buying low sodium soy sauce since it came on the market.

    I tried the link for the breakfast sausage, but it sent me to a bad request page.

    I DO have a good recipe for turkey breakfast sausage..It contains marjoram, very tasty.
    1476 days ago
  • MJ7DM33
    1476 days ago
    @CHUBBYBABYGIRL Having a meat grinder is awesome.

    I have been grinding my own hamburger for most of my life, though often we will still buy pre-ground burger at the store. I do love the quality that you get when you grind it yourself.

    Also if you are doing hamburgers with it, you can mix in stuff like onion and garlic to add a little more flavor.

    I have always liked cooking my cooking myself, but we had been lazy on occasion and falling back to boxed foods. Now we are not even using ingredients that have been prepared such as sauces.
    1477 days ago
    Congratulations! I'm also finding that the more food I cook myself instead of buying prepared, the better it tastes and the better I feel. I have a meat grinder coming soon so I can start grinding my own meat for hamburgers and sausages and such. Best of luck with your cheese!
    1477 days ago
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