Depression Era Cooking: Turns Out, It’s Not As Depressing As I Thought
I don’t know if I mentioned here or elsewhere that I’ve been trying to cook more often lately. This is for a couple of reasons: one, to save money on all the multitudes of prepared and processed foods we buy at the grocery store; two, to make sure that Mr. Right-Click has something to eat when he gets home from work, because it’s kinda sucky that he often has to make something when he gets home late; and 3, to try, however feebly, to eat more healthfully. I find that if I do not cook, my diet consists largely of things like Red Vines and bowls of cereal, and Mr. Right-Click and Mini eat a bunch of frozen stuff, which might be low calorie but I think has a lot of salt and other crap that it’s better for them both not to have.
The thing is, I hate to cook. I really hate it. It takes a ton of time, and I’m never organized to have a menu plan ready when I go grocery shopping, so it’s like I have to go to the store practically every day to get ingredients, and then inevitably, when I’m actually preparing the food, Mini is circling around my heels, grabbing at hot pans and trying to climb up the side of the oven door. For those of you who haven’t spent time with boys of the toddler variety, I assure you I am not exaggerating. So, yeah. It doesn’t happen as often as I’d like.
One thing that I have taken advantage of, though, is the slow cooker. I call it a slow cooker and not a Crock Pot because I don’t have one of the licensed “Crock Pot” versions. Mine is not the fancy “porsche” of all slow cookers, like CS+3’s, but it’s kind of like the late model Lexus SUV of slow cookers. It’s made by Cuisinart, and it was a wedding gift. So anyway, I’ve made a few things recently in it, and Mr. Right-Click loves that crap like brisket (which btw, how is it that I got to the age of 27 without knowing what “brisket” was?) and stew-like chicken that you can make in it. Personally, I find that stuff gross, but I like to be able to put stuff in there at 8:00 am and not worry about it again. So I’m way into the crock pot these days, and I’m going to check out this book that CS+3 has been mentioning of late to see if I can’t make something I’ll eat also.
In other news, I came across this 93-year old woman’s guide to cooking for less via the Consumerist. I’m not sure I’d like the recipe in this video, but it sounds like something Mini would ABSOLUTELY LOVE. Plus it’s kind of interesting to listen to this woman talk about the Depression:
How do you feel about cooking? What are your secrets for cooking for less? Have you actually tried to scale back since times have gotten tough?