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post #141 of 157
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Originally Posted by spmamma View Post
Wow. I'm totally in awe of you cooking from scratch mammas out there. Maybe I'm a bad multitasker, but I can barely find time to cook anything, let alone make something from scratch!

How do you do it??? (I didn't have time to read all the posts, but I'd love some tips!)

I only have one DD, but she's fairly high needs. That, and my DH doesn't like fruits and most veggies so I think I've mentally given up for now. Stupid, I know.


I'd trade some of my kitchen skills for some of the homeschooling skills the rest of you have. And with high needs kids you have less time for cooking.

I don't commute since I work from home, and I have some free time in the morning when the kids are at school, so I can knock out a lot of stuff ahead of time and stick it in the freezer or fridge. I don't kid myself that I'm super-organized, I just happen to have bonus time in the morning that allows me to do these things. When I was a single mom with an infant who never slept I never got anything done, yk?

In fact, it's just been since I went back to working from home that I was able to get these things done with the illusion of efficiency. When I worked outside the home something was always left undone and the house was a wreck.
post #142 of 157
We cook from scratch most nights. I don't think it's difficult to cook from scratch, it just depends on what you make. I also will sometimes take shortcuts like canned tomatoes in recipes where I am going to be cooking them anyway. My kids are a little older than some of yours (two school age kids and 1 3 yr old), so finding the time is not difficult. I do most of the cooking but sometimes dh will have something he wants to make. He gets home when I am making dinner so he usually plays with the kids while I cook.

I don't necessarily consider cooking and cleaning to be my jobs but I do try to attend to them when I have time. Like someone else said, it's secondary. This was all discussed before dh and I had kids though, so he knows I didn't sign up to be a maid.
post #143 of 157
Coming in late in thread . . .

I learned to cook vegan style and that's what I know. DH is vegan and I was vegan too up until a couple of months after ds1 was born. That being said, it's extremely difficult for us to eat out. There's *no* vegetarian restaurant around here for miles and miles and the places that sell things like "veggie patties" use soy crumbles which I have to stay away from. We eat out 3 or 4 times a year. That being said, everything that we eat in this house gets prepared in some way by me. Even if I buy prepackaged veggie burgers (which I often prefer to my own), I make "fixings" for it usually some kind of onion/mushroom/garlic topping and roasted root vegetables and make a salad with a vinaigrette (I can't stand store-bought dressings). That, to me, is the most straightforward/convenient meal we have around here. I buy pasta sauce but that is usually the starting point for my own sauce. I saute onions, garlic, green and red peppers, add the sauce, chop up tomatoes, zucchini, seitan (a veggie meat I make from scratch) or sometimes Field Sausage (basically the same thing) , etc . . . I basically take help where I can in the way of canned tomatoes, pre-made pastas, already made tempeh but theses things are usually basic ingredients and soy-free veggie meats and tempeh that would work in a dish that an omni eats similarly to sausage or bacon. I still have to work with to put meals together. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen and 98% of our meals I have to prepare. I bake all our desserts from scratch. Waffles, pancakes, muffins, breads from scratch although I will get loaves of sprouted grain breads. If I had a kitchen with more storage and a deep freezer, I'd probably do a lot more from complete scratch. Just no where to put things.
post #144 of 157
No, my husband does.
post #145 of 157
I don't. I do think that I am a homemaker - but like pasta. Sure, I could handroll my own pasta all the time, but it's not any cheaper or healthier if I do and with all the other things I could get done, I just get the dried pasta. Because canned/frozen vegetables are often cheaper, I sometimes get canned/frozen veggies. I still make a lot of things from scratch, though - including bread, tortillas, rice milk... because there's a huge financial incentive to do so.
post #146 of 157
I find it cheaper to cook from scratch most times. I enjoy cooking and baking... I don't cook really complicated things, and I do like to use a lot of premade sauces - even when making new sauces. Most things that I make are pretty easy and don't take up that much time. A slow cooker is wonderful too because you can just set it and forget it.
post #147 of 157
Mostly, but I'm not a SAHM yet, technically (baby's due in a few weeks!). I use some convenience items, such as canned tomatoes, bought wholemeal pasta, tomato sauce and so on. But I make my own bread, I'm very picky about making custard from scratch (no custard powder, thank you!), I occasionally make ice cream, I make chicken and veggie stock, I do all our own baking... so I guess mostly from scratch. I don't buy any of those little stir fry sauce packets, or 'just add meat' Indian or Thai jars of stuff, or anything like that. Partly it's snobbery, partly it's frugality, partly it's health-related, and partly I just think the homemade stuff tastes better!

I do need to start making jelly from scratch, though. And one day I'd love to get a juicer and make our own juice; also a grinder for wheat to bake bread.
post #148 of 157
Certainly, I'd say 98% of the time, the stuff my family eats is made from scratch. I take such a pleasure in cooking so it's really not a challenge for me. I like planning meals ahead and making schedules, so as silly as it may sound, having that to look forward to each day (besides other general SAHM'ness) is wonderful. I also like to know what goes into our food, so preparing it myself is a surefire way of knowing. However, I have absolutely nothing against eating out, pre-packaged food or the sort. Sometimes that's the only way to go, especially when you have a majorly picky eater (DD2). So, I'm not anal about homemade meals, but I do prefer them .
post #149 of 157
I also cook 99% of all our meals from scratch. We eat organic, and I like to know what goes in our food. Plus, I love to cook, so it doesn't bother me at all.
post #150 of 157
Nope! I am not much of a cook, and our grocery store has some great heat and serve options that are not too expensive once you consider the cost of buying the ingredients separately and the time to put it together, so we do a lot of those. That and my kids are both picky eaters (one is 2 and the other on the autism spectrum), so it is too frustrating to put all the effort into cooking a nice meal and have only me and DH eat it. DH is the chef in our house, but he is too busy during the week. So we eat well, just not cooked by me.
post #151 of 157
Of course I don't cook from scratch every day. We eat out fairly regularly, we order in or get take out when we feel like it and dh and I cook regularly also.
post #152 of 157
I cook quite a bit, but sometimes I make something that will last a few days, like a hearty chicken soup. Then I switch out different things to eat with it. This week we had homemade pizza (we are non-dairy, so we dont order pizza), tonight I hope to add a homemade loaf of focaccia bread to the table, if it turns out. I also make muffins to have on hand. I do feel that is part of me sahing, but, my ds comes first, so if he has a rough day, dinner maybe something simple or delayed.

Also, we dont go out, because we are too poor. We will go out for dhs birthday next week, so that is pretty exciting.
post #153 of 157
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Originally Posted by Smokering View Post
Mostly, but I'm not a SAHM yet, technically (baby's due in a few weeks!). I use some convenience items, such as canned tomatoes, bought wholemeal pasta, tomato sauce and so on. But I make my own bread, I'm very picky about making custard from scratch (no custard powder, thank you!), I occasionally make ice cream, I make chicken and veggie stock, I do all our own baking... so I guess mostly from scratch. I don't buy any of those little stir fry sauce packets, or 'just add meat' Indian or Thai jars of stuff, or anything like that. Partly it's snobbery, partly it's frugality, partly it's health-related, and partly I just think the homemade stuff tastes better!

I do need to start making jelly from scratch, though. And one day I'd love to get a juicer and make our own juice; also a grinder for wheat to bake bread.
Ilove to make jam and jelly. I didnt get to while I was pregnant because I was too lazy, so hopefully this summer I will be able to.
post #154 of 157
I cook everyday. We buy very few prepackaged foods at all and with my food allergies, eating out is not something I can do often.
post #155 of 157
I do a lot of cooking "from scratch" which I suppose is a relative term. I don't grow anything myself, and I don't bake much bread, those are farmers market or store bought. But I would say 3 or 4 times a month we will order in or go out to eat. That may be a lot for many of you, but compared to pre-kids when i was working every night until after 6pm, that's a huge difference. Back then we ate out about 3 nights a week.
post #156 of 157
I cook from scratch 3-4 time a week, then leftovers.
post #157 of 157
Er... no
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