Why Cooking is a Necessary Skill to Learn

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Cooking is such a necessary and beneficial skill that every person should learn.

Even if you’re not the greatest cook in the world, you should know how to make five meals. Consider these reasons why you’ll want to begin the cooking tradition in 2018.

1. You’ll save lots of money.
Fast food might seem like an inexpensive option. Truthfully, fast food is very expensive. If you’re spending $10 a day on a drink, entree, side item and a dessert, you’ll easily spend $70 on fast food by the end of the week. Keep in mind that it’s only covering one of your three meals. If you’re going once a day to get your coffee and then once at dinner time, you’re spending a lot of money. If you take $70 and go to the grocery store, you can easily fill your cart with food and prepare meals for two weeks. Cook as a necessary skill to save money.

2. You’ll know what’s on your plate.
There are so many ingredients that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but they really aren’t good for the body. Big-chain restaurants cook with some of the most unhealthy ingredients. They load on piles of salt and sugar into your foods. This is why many restaurants have been strongly encouraged to share the caloric content of their meals. A person might think they’re eating a healthy salmon dish with vegetables. However, the sauce covering the salmon is loaded with unhealthy fats. When you cook at home, you’ll know exactly what’s going into the preparation of your food. Furthermore, you’ll be a lot more aware of what it takes to make a meal taste a certain way.

3. You’ll be healthier.
People who cook their meals at home have a better understanding of what they’re actually eating. Because they have a better understanding, a person is less likely to cook meals that lead to the detriment of their bodies. If you knew what happened to certain animals before you eat them at a restaurant, you might not want to eat them anymore. The idea of dipping certain foods in tons of lard is enough for some people to stop. However, it takes other people to see the process. Once they realize how terrible it is, they tend to look for healthier alternatives.

4. You can parlay it into a small business.
There are many people who just don’t like to stand in the kitchen and cook a meal. Take a look at all of the fast food restaurants in your area. There are usually a few choices on every corner. This is because people want convenience. Offer convenience through starting a meal prepping business. Cook healthy meals for your friends and charge them for the cost of the ingredients and your services. Because so many people hate the thought of standing in the kitchen, this can easily become a service that supports you financially.

5. You can bond with others over food.
Once you get into the habit of cooking for yourself on a regular basis, you’ll be able to cook for others as well. Then, you’ll be able to invite friends over for a nice, hot meal. Use this as an opportunity to bond. Everyone loves a free meal. Once you invite your friends over and impress them with your cooking skills, this is a new way to develop the relationship because it’s good to have friends who are intentional about improving themselves.
Another way of bonding with people through cooking is by attending a public Cozymeal class. In such classes, people come from different backgrounds and while cooking together in a fun environment, they find common interests. Cooking with strangers may sound like an unconventional idea at first, but food brings people together more than you may imagine.

6. You can help others by teaching them.
If you like serving others, a great act of service involves cooking. In the beginning stages of adulthood, many of your friends will have babies. During the first few months of the parenthood, your friends won’t get much sleep. Most new parents tend to be in a state of delirium for a while. A great way to help is through cooking a few hot meals for them. It’ll show how much you care about them. If the new parent is a colleague or a member of your team at work, this one act can do so much for strengthening the bond between you two.

7. You’ll become more independent.
When a person isn’t relying on fast food, they automatically become more independent. It’s important to feed yourself. You don’t want to be in a position where you don’t know what to do with a bag of rice and a cup of hot water. In order to survive, you need to eat. There’s a sense of freedom that comes along with knowing you can prepare your own meals with a parent’s assistance.

8. You’ll develop more character.
It’s so important to remember that there are so many virtues involved in the cooking process. One of the most important virtues is patience. It’s so much easier to get in the car, drive to the nearest fast food restaurant, order food and enjoy the greasy meal. However, it’s a completely different experience when you have to go and purchase the food. Then, you have to take it home, stand in the kitchen and make the food. There’s a chance that you might miss a step or burn the food altogether. It develops a sense of patience because you have an end goal and a result you’re looking for.

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Mother of two active teenagers, living in Arkansas with her Husband, she and her family are energetic outdoor enthusiasts. They can be found Camping, Hiking, Kayaking, and always finding new ways to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. A country girl at heart, but living in the middle of town, she has found creative ways to make the best of both worlds. Founder of thatsjustlife.com and contributing author of The Mom Quilt, she writes and blogs about food, family, and their many adventures.

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Great article, and one that I feel more people should be taught in schools and colleges…

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Your post is very good, thank you