Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Only 25% of Canadians eat at least one "meal made from scratch" (love that expression) at home a day.
Why not more?
They don't know how to cook.
If kids learn to cook before they're 8 years old, they're 50% more likely to make at least 5 home-cooked meals a week when they grow up. Rather than nuking frozen meals in the microwave, or subsisting on take out.
And that means: less salt, less sugar, less fat, less artificial frankenfoods; more genuine nutrition.
Sounds pretty important. I'm not very domestic myself -- don't fuss over meal preparation, don't pore over recipes much. But: probably 99% of my meals each week are home prepared from scratch by me. I can remember learning to cook well before I was 4 years old, standing on a chair at the counter and the stove, handling hot items and knives: salmon patties was an early triumph!. And: my kids learned to cook the same way. They even invented their own recipes: mushroom shortbread savouries (cut into mushroom shapes with a special cookie cutter) for example. They're adults now, and they do cook for themselves: one a vegan whipping up smoothies and tofu stir fries, the other an unrepentant carnivore who tackles roast turkey and BBQ steaks.
I can recall our local food bank requesting that bags of brown rice or lentils not be donated because most recipients did not know how to handle such items. They requested those pre-packaged lunch box cracker/salami/cheese combos and juice boxes, Kraft dinner and the like.
Learning to cook. It means better health; better grounding in a person's individual culture; more autonomy.
Probably not too much to say (as this article does) that cooking is one of the fundamental skills which makes us human.