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post #41 of 157
I did until I went on bed rest. Now I am dying for some real food.
post #42 of 157
Yes, I cook most of our meals from scratch. I freeze quite a bit of food to make dinner easier during the week. I usually always have spaghetti sauce, chili, and soup in the freezer. It's easier for me to make a double or triple batch of something and throw it in the freezer than to cook from scratch every night of the week.

We go out to eat every Sunday after church, but other than that not much. If we're out during lunch I usually pack something for the kids - though we have been known to stop by a drive thru from time to time. :

When we're home during lunch I usually make mac & cheese, soup, veggie chicken nuggets, or sandwiches. I sometimes use canned veggies or fruit - I try to keep lunches easy. And I will use a frozen pizza for dinner with the kids when DH is working late on the weekends. I tried making my own pizza dough, but ended up with way too much - can you freeze it?
post #43 of 157
I cook from scratch 3 meals a day with occasional help from things like canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, coconut milk, frozen veg, corn tortillas and tortilla chips (we are gluten free and use those instead of bread- I suck at making them!). I love cooking and think it is important to eat local, so we eat lots of simple things made from local ingredients. I meal plan, make things ahea and try to be both frugal and healthful. We rarely eat out, we just don't want to spend our money that way and we have lots of food allergies to work with. I have learned to cook extras of things like soups and chili to keep in the freezer for the nights I'm really tired or busy.

I *do* consider the majority of housework, cooking, meal planning, shopping to be my job. DH is happy to help out occasionally if I ask, but typically I prefer to do these things on my own. Childcare and homeschooling just go along with the whole package of what I do. I guess I have to admit I've turned into a Suzy Homemaker...and I think I like it
post #44 of 157
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Originally Posted by homeschoolmama View Post
I tried making my own pizza dough, but ended up with way too much - can you freeze it?
Yes! I've never had a problem with it. You can stick a baseball-sized lump in a plastic baggie or foil and freeze it and it should be fine for a few weeks.

I cook most of our meals from scratch. We rarely eat out because I'm not crazy about most of the halal restaurants around here and we all like home cooking.
post #45 of 157
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Originally Posted by BetsyS View Post
So, in my house, cooking supper and childcare/child raising are very intertwined, not separate at all. I think that makes it easy for me to cook every night.
I agree, and I involve my children in cooking as much as possible. I just don't agree that it is my job. My partner cooks and involves the children too.
post #46 of 157
I'd say about 70% is from scratch. We use frozen veggies mostly. I use some convenience items, like broths, pasta sauces, boxed pasta, etc. I really don't like cooking, DH loves to cook but is rarely home for dinner. Learning to make homemade baked goods is on my to-do list. We use boxed cookies and cake mixes :
post #47 of 157
Hmmm, these replies are interesting. I do 99% of the cooking and 75% of the cleaning and don't mind, but I certainly don't consider it my "job." I do it because I'm at home more, messes bother me more than they bother DH and I like home cooked food and I'm pretty good at making it. Yeah, and there's a bit of a power thing there too--I like to do things my way.

I think I'm a pretty traditional person, a lot more than some here, but DH would have to eat and have a clean toilet (at some point) whether he was married to me or not, so why should it be my responsibility? I CHOOSE to do it but I don't think I'm obligated to as part of our marriage vows! I take care of DS (which I guess I would consider my job during the day) because DH almost double outearns me. Oh yeah, and I like it!
post #48 of 157
No, I don't cook all of our meals from scratch. I don't consider it part of my job as a SAHM to cook from scratch. I do think it's my job to provide healthy, well-balanced food for my family, but I don't HAVE to cook from scratch to accomplish this goal.

I don't think that it's odd that you cook from scratch, because everyone has their own interests and priorities in life.
post #49 of 157
I cook 99% of our meals from scratch. (veggie pizza on homemade whole wheat crust has become a favorite recently) Generally it is not an elaborate affair- last night we had bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches and grapefruit. :

Cooking is my job because I enjoy it. I prefer to cook from scratch because it is much cheaper to eat tasty and unprocessed foods that way. If we had an unlimited grocery budget, I'd probably do a lot more gourmet take-out and healthy pre-made stuff.
post #50 of 157
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Originally Posted by homeschoolmama View Post
I tried making my own pizza dough, but ended up with way too much - can you freeze it?

My MIL bakes her pizza dough halfway, cuts it into smaller pieces, and freezes it in bags with butcher paper between. It's cool because you can pull out a piece of dough, add the toppings and pop it in the oven. Takes about 15 minutes to bake when it's frozen. Quick, easy lunch or dinner when you're in a hurry.
post #51 of 157
I cook from scratch about 90 percent of the time. It ain't always fancy though. Sometimes we get take-out when I am craving something I haven't learned how to make, like Thai food. And we do order pizza, but they are never as good as dh's pizzas. There are nights I just don't feel like it, so sometimes I will make something simple for the kids and later dh and I wilol forage together and have these really funny fridge raids.

I loooooooooove to cook and bake (my f&%king oven broke yesterday :and I am LOST I tell you) so it is a pleasure, not a job.
post #52 of 157
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Originally Posted by ~Robin View Post
I did until I went on bed rest. Now I am dying for some real food.
post #53 of 157
I don't feel that it's my job to cook just because I am a SAHM. I do cook several times a week but not because I have to. DH cooks one meal a week, we eat out one night a week (usually pizza night) and I cook another 2-3 meals a week. The other nights we eat leftovers or fend for ourselves. Most things I make are from scratch, but not everything.


I used to be the opposite, I cooked a meal almost every single night, would spend hours going through recipes, trying out new things, then life happened, and honestly I'm not so concerned anymore.
post #54 of 157
Probably about 90% of the cooking is done from scratch.
post #55 of 157
I cook a lot from scratch...sometimes this even includes growing all the veggies! My dh makes our fuel from scratch too...waste veggie oil biodiesel!

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post #56 of 157
The only packaged food that I buy is whole wheat pasta I make everything else from scratch.
post #57 of 157
I cook from scratch to a degree.

We eat out once every 2 weeks- usually grocery shopping day.
We don't buy many pre-made meals.
We do buy bread. I make it occasionally but we mostly buy it.
I don't make our jam or peanut butter.
I don't make my own noodles or spaghetti sauce.
I don't make our own cheese.
I buy taco shells. I make tortillas sometimes. I have made refried beans but I also buy canned sometimes.
I make mac & cheese from scratch instead of a box with powdered cheese. Cheese should not be powder.
I make pizza dough from scratch.

I don't really cook because I consider it my job as a SAHM. I cook because it is cheaper, healthier/tastier and I like to cook.
post #58 of 157
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Originally Posted by onlyzombiecat View Post
I cook from scratch to a degree.

We eat out once every 2 weeks- usually grocery shopping day.
We don't buy many pre-made meals.
We do buy bread. I make it occasionally but we mostly buy it.
I don't make our jam or peanut butter.
I don't make my own noodles or spaghetti sauce.
I don't make our own cheese.
I buy taco shells. I make tortillas sometimes. I have made refried beans but I also buy canned sometimes.
I make mac & cheese from scratch instead of a box with powdered cheese. Cheese should not be powder.
I make pizza dough from scratch.

I don't really cook because I consider it my job as a SAHM. I cook because it is cheaper, healthier/tastier and I like to cook.
ITA. I mean, I cook everynight, and it isn't something dehydrated that comes out of a box, but I'd rather play Candy Land and open a loaf of bread than make it from scratch. I don't have a cow, so I don't make cheese. I generally buy organic salad dressing for the kids (DH and I don't use any). i do buy pancake mix, but only use it occasionally when I get up to late on Sunday morning to make real ones.

I guess for me, I am too much of a kid and would rather play Uno or play around on the piano, giving my kids a piano lesson. The things that they can help me make, I am more than happy to make from scratch, but if it is taking time away from playing with them, I just can't go for it! My son says "Mommy, you are so fun to play with!" I want to keep it that way.

Percentagewise I'd say about 75 percent from scratch.

We do make our own pizza crust (the kids help) and I am just getting interested in making my own pasta noodles.
post #59 of 157
I never would have pictured myself cooking from scratch...I really kind of like it though. Not only have I eliminated most packaged convenience stuff I have a tremendous garden during our short growing season and put up tons of tomatos and freeze & can lots of veggies to use all year round. I don't consider it my job and DH is helpful whenever he is around(he works long and hard for our family). He has definitely been the driving force behind all I have learned about cooking & growing our food. Back to the ???, I do indeed cook from scratch most often...it is very rewardingIMO.
post #60 of 157
Nope, not every day or even most days. We go out to eat once a week or so. At home, I use canned beans, frozen veggies, Annie's salad dressing, jarred pasta sauce, bread from a bakery or the grocery store (whole wheat), premade salsa...

Basically, I *cook* most nights, using some convenient ingredients but avoiding things that are too processed. It's a balance between having more time with my kid and not eating hamburger helper and frozen entrees. When I have time, I like making tomato sauce, so I do, but I find good quality bakery bread much better than what I can do (not a baker at all!), so I don't bother.
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