I sometimes wonder where the line is between cooking from scratch and semi-homemade. Most of us who say we cook from scratch use ingredients that have been processed in some way. Foods like flour, sugar, jarred spices and meat have been processed in some way before we find them at the grocery store.
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Still, most of us who make a cake by measuring out the flour, sugar and eggs instead of opening up a box or who create stew from beef, fresh vegetables and spices instead of opening up a can of Dinty Moore would say we're cooking from scratch. We may change that definition after watching this.
Now that's cooking from scratch! To create the chicken sandwich, Andy George from the web show How To Make Everything spent six months and $1,500. He grew the vegetables, he made the salt from ocean water, he milked a cow to make the cheese, he made the flour, he collected honey and he even killed the chicken himself.
That's a lot of work for one sandwich, and it makes you appreciate what you find at the grocery store or farmers market, doesn't it?
There are 14 videos in the How to Make a Sandwich portion of the show, one for each ingredient, and the video above combines information from all of them. But there's an additional video that gets to the meat of the matter: How did the sandwich taste?
"It tastes like a cork board dipped in lemon juice," said one of the tasters. Ouch.
All that work, and that's the result? The looks on the kids' faces are also pretty telling.
Next time you're "cooking from scratch," be thankful that can you find quality, ready-to-use ingredients — and that you didn't spend six months and $1,500 to make a cork board sandwich.