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The Meaning of From Scratch

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The phrases "from scratch" and "like grandma used to make" have become synonymous. Back when our grandmothers used to make a meal they couldn't buy a package of pre-made biscuits, they had to prepare them from scratch. Judith G. Klausner reported on her website that when “like grandma used to make” is searched there are almost 300,000 search results. As we know times have changed and many people trade the time they would spend preparing three meals from scratch to do things like have a career.

However, this is not a bad thing. It is the trade-off that must be made. There are not enough hours in the day to make three square meals a day from scratch and work eight hours.

In Klausner's post she pointed out that things like home-cooking and handicrafts like knitting, sewing, and embroidery have made resurgences lately. The main message she conveys is that as people of the 21st century we have the choice of whether to spend the day baking a loaf of bread or to pick one up at the grocery store after work.

The choices are also not exclusive. Having the technology we have in the world and continued development is important but it is nice to remember the basics. Spend time making a meal and appreciate the value of those biscuits from scratch like grandma used to make.

Do you cook at home very often? What are your favorite family recipes or handicrafts?

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