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The Appeal of Homecooked Meals

With the proliferation of fast food restaurants, there has been a decline in the number of people who eat or prepare homecooked meals. It isn’t so much the difficulty involved as much as it is the time required. This is so true that an entire generation has grown up without being taught how to make a homecooked meal and many people have never even tasted one.

For clarity, when we are talking about a homecooked meal, we aren’t referring to just something that is prepared at home. If it came mostly out of a can or a package, it isn’t a homecooked meal, it is a commercial meal prepared at home. A homecooked meal is one that is mostly or entirely made from scratch, within reason.

Homecooked meals were the sort that were most commonly eaten prior to WWII. Before that time, few people dined in restaurants of any sort very often, partly because they couldn’t afford to. Packaged, canned, and pre-made meals were uncommon, too, because most of the modern methods of making such a meal, from a commercial aspect, didn’t exist.

Today’s society is largely founded on the idea of instant gratification. If it only takes a half-hour to drive to a fast-food place, another 15 minutes to get a cheap burger and fries, and a half-hour to drive home, people somehow think that the lack of effort makes it all worth it. Never mind the fact that the food isn’t nearly as healthy and actually takes longer than many meals would take if they were cooked at home, so it really isn’t ‘fast’ food. 

The sad fact is that if people are never taught how to make a homecooked meal, they are unlikely to take it upon themselves to learn how to do it. Worse still, many people who’ve never had a homecooked meal, made from scratch, might not have any desire to try it because they don’t know what they are missing. The same people will often claim that they aren’t good cooks when it is honestly a case of them having never learned to be a good cook.

  • Question of

    How often do you eat a homecooked meal, prepared mostly or completely from scratch?

    • Almost always
    • Over half the time
    • Once in a while
    • Rarely
    • I’ve never had a homecooked meal
  • Question of

    How often do you prepare or make a homecooked meal, made from scratch?

    • Nearly every day
    • More often than not
    • Once in a while
    • Rarely
    • Never/I don’t know how
  • Question of

    Do you want to learn how to make homecooked meals or how to make better homecooked meals?

    • Yes
    • No
    • Maybe

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Written by Rex Trulove

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