home cooking

Delicious Home Cooking on the Homestead

home cooking

Is there anything more delicious and comforting than home cooking? Personally, I can’t think of anything. For as long as I can remember, the wonderful home cooking of all the women in my family has been an actual source of comfort. Coming home to a wonderful meal, going to Grandma’s house for a wonderful meal… Everything warm and terrific in my family seemed to encompass a delicious, comforting home cooked meal.

Teaching These Skills

Listening to others these days, however, it sure does seem like home cooking is becoming a thing of the past for many. !!I know, right??? Shocking!!! There are so many reasons to continue this wonderful skill, and certainly to pass it down to our children. It’s hard to imagine that there are people who aren’t doing just that!!

In my family, chores are mandatory for everyone as a part of responsibility training, and cooking is a huge part of that. Cooking is also part of our homeschooling-and that is for boys just as much as it is for girls. Everyone needs to know how to prepare meals. They will all eventually be out on their own and will need to know how to feed themselves in a healthy way and without breaking the bank!

From a young age, my kids begin learning to cook and we keep going from there. Just about all of my kids can prepare full meals. (I’m working with the youngest on that now) As a mom, I want to make sure that I give my kids all of the tools they will need to be successfully on their own when that time comes.

Home Cooking Saves Money

It saves so much money! I figure if you’re not preparing your meals at home, then you are doing one of two things (or both). You are either warming up frozen meals in the microwave (yuck) or you are eating out nonstop …and I can’t imagine spending that kind of money on food!

Preparing your own meals at home is so much less expensive, even if you never hit a sale or never use a coupon. However, if you do pay attention to sales and maybe throw a few coupons at it, you can literally prepare your family’s meals for a few buck a month! Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy an occasional date night with my husband. We usually go out for sushi on those nights, but I can’t imagine doing that more than a couple times a month. (Buyers remorse is real!)

Home Cooking is Healthy

Now, obviously, the health of your food depends a lot on what you are choosing to make, however, either way, it’s healthier than the over-processed food that you get at restaurants and don’t even get me started on fast food!

When you plan your home cooked meals and shop for (or grow) your ingredients, you can have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you are doing everything in your power to keep your family healthy. I don’t know about you guys, but that sure means a lot to me.

I think one of my favorite points about cooking our meals at home is the fact that I know exactly what is in it. I can season my foods with actual seasonings, not chemicals that are made to ‘simulate’ a flavor. I know where my veggies come from because I grow them and I even know where my meat comes from because I raise it. Even when my family isn’t practicing terribly healthy behavior, I know, at the very minimum, their food is healthy.

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Freezer Cooking for Time and Money Savings

One of my favorite points of home cooking is the ability to do advance cooking in bulk and freeze for later use. I get very busy during, well, most of the year but especially in the spring and summer. It helps me so much to be able to spend a day or two in the kitchen and have a month or two of healthy meals in the freezer! HUGE HELP!!

I will be adding more recipes shortly from some of my recent freezer cooking. It’s such an easy way to prepare meals. Gathering all of your ingredients – times the amount that you would like to make. I tend to prepare multiple recipes that have some similar ingredients and make multiples of each one. I figure if I’m going to be standing in the kitchen for a while, I might as well make the most of it!

Always Looking for More Ideas

I would love to hear about some of your favorite, go-to recipes. If you would like to send me some, I’ll absolutely give them a try and, of course, tag you with the credit. You can email them to thebarn@twooaksfarmstead.com.

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