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    Is Cooking an Important Skill or just a Great Hobby ?

    when i lived with my family i took it for granted that cooking is an important skill. the food my family cooked was free for me but when i would go the food would be far from free. it seemed as if cooking was a skill that saved a lot of money.

    until i actually moved out and started doing it. i spend time and money shopping. i spend time cooking. and i spend more money buying associated equipment. at the end of the day i now seriously doubt that cooking is actually cheaper than eating out or ordering in as long as you place any sort of value on your time at all. it seems to save only a small amount of money but wastes an enormous amount of time.

    this begs the question - is cooking still an important skill to have ? or is it at this point just a hobby like knitting sweaters only more fun ?

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    Re: Is Cooking an Important Skill or just a Great Hobby ?

    I voted other Meshugener, It is a religion, for and I am Father Tarte of the Church of the Latter-day Tangential Tarte's, and you sir are a heretic!

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    Re: Is Cooking an Important Skill or just a Great Hobby ?

    Quote Originally Posted by NEUROSPORT View Post
    when i lived with my family i took it for granted that cooking is an important skill. the food my family cooked was free for me but when i would go the food would be far from free. it seemed as if cooking was a skill that saved a lot of money.

    until i actually moved out and started doing it. i spend time and money shopping. i spend time cooking. and i spend more money buying associated equipment. at the end of the day i now seriously doubt that cooking is actually cheaper than eating out or ordering in as long as you place any sort of value on your time at all. it seems to save only a small amount of money but wastes an enormous amount of time.

    this begs the question - is cooking still an important skill to have ? or is it at this point just a hobby like knitting sweaters only more fun ?
    I consider cooking another skill that is being lost more with each modern generation. I cant believe how many people including woman that dont know how to cook these days.

    And yes cooking at home can save you alot of money. Most of this depends on what you select. If you call prepackaged meals/items or as my family calls it "quick and easy foods" you will not save a significant amount of money. After all most of the work has been done for you. However, if you purchase the basics and have to prepare it all from scratch it is alot cheaper.

    By making everything from scratch I can feed myself for under $70 a week if I need to. Eating out would cost me at least 3 times that.

    And lets not forget the usefulness of cooking if we have some sort of national calamity. People my find themselves in trouble if they have come to rely on restaurants.

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    Re: Is Cooking an Important Skill or just a Great Hobby ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Baralis View Post
    I consider cooking another skill that is being lost more with each modern generation. I cant believe how many people including woman that dont know how to cook these days.

    And yes cooking at home can save you alot of money. Most of this depends on what you select. If you call prepackaged meals/items or as my family calls it "quick and easy foods" you will not save a significant amount of money. After all most of the work has been done for you. However, if you purchase the basics and have to prepare it all from scratch it is alot cheaper.

    By making everything from scratch I can feed myself for under $70 a week if I need to. Eating out would cost me at least 3 times that.

    And lets not forget the usefulness of cooking if we have some sort of national calamity. People my find themselves in trouble if they have come to rely on restaurants.
    My son you sound like an ideal candidate for the Tartdom of Leaven, do not resist the crisp yet moist nature of my pate sucree, the soft yet firm structure of my Paris Brest, its nipples bathed in silky smooth chocolate, step into my choux's and we will walk to paradise, where you will receive 73 vegans and a welcoming quaff of Cockburns'69, any port in a storm!

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    Re: Is Cooking an Important Skill or just a Great Hobby ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Baralis View Post
    I cant believe how many people including woman that dont know how to cook these days.
    yes american women are useless. they don't cook, clean or put out. all they do is shop and yap on the phone.

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    Re: Is Cooking an Important Skill or just a Great Hobby ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Baralis View Post
    By making everything from scratch I can feed myself for under $70 a week if I need to. Eating out would cost me at least 3 times that.
    right i buy myself chicken breasts at walmart - 3 pound bag for $8 and cook that.

    but what if i were to simply order chinese once a day and keep the remainder in the fridge to finish in the morning ? that wouldn't be much more than $70 a week.

    it seems that by cooking myself i can get better quality nutrition but not necessarily lower cost nutrition.

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    Re: Is Cooking an Important Skill or just a Great Hobby ?

    Quote Originally Posted by NEUROSPORT View Post
    right i buy myself chicken breasts at walmart - 3 pound bag for $8 and cook that.

    but what if i were to simply order chinese once a day and keep the remainder in the fridge to finish in the morning ? that wouldn't be much more than $70 a week.

    it seems that by cooking myself i can get better quality nutrition but not necessarily lower cost nutrition.
    Perhaps you dont eat like I do . I eat twice a day and cannot eat out for less then $12 per meal and get full. No im not fat (160lbs) I can just pack the food away. Its not uncommon for me to order 2 meals at a sitting.

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    Re: Is Cooking an Important Skill or just a Great Hobby ?

    It really depends how many you're cooking for. If I value my time at $20/hour and spend more than 15 minutes between cooking and cleaning up after I'm losing money cooking for myself (assuming it costs $5 to buy something to eat, and that the food cost is $0.) If cooking for a family of 4 instead it becomes more economical. However, you can usually eat healthier cooking than eating out, as you have more selection of what you preparer (though you could choose unhealthy food and eat just as bad.)

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    Re: Is Cooking an Important Skill or just a Great Hobby ?

    Definetely a skill.. It should carry far more weight in the school system. Cooking skills and dietary knowledge that is.

    Our society is enourmously unhealthy in diet.
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    Re: Is Cooking an Important Skill or just a Great Hobby ?

    If you can't cook, marry someone who can. I screwed up eggs one morning, when I decided to try and suprise my wife. Set off the smoke alarm, and it cost me $50 against my security deposit.
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