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Thoughts On Cooking

Saturday we went to an Amish store that is about 45 minutes from our house. I usually make a platter of cheese and crackers for our party. I like to use some unique and special cheeses when I do this. We usually buy the cheese at Sam’s Club, but this year we decided to get them from the Amish Store. We had been there once before and really enjoyed their products. We ended up getting quite a few cheeses and some meat so that I could put together a nice cheese tray.
I loved going to this store. They have all kinds of neat food products. They sell a lot of unique canned goods along with some home made pasta noodles, soup mixes, and spices. Although I am sure these mixes and pastas are good, I think they are over priced. A lot of people were buying them though. I figure that a lot of these people would spend it at a restaurant for a bowl of soup, so why not spend it on a soup mix. I can see why people might buy products like this. A quick and easy way to get a really good bowl or soup or noodles. I think in some cases these would be worth it. I did enjoy just looking at all the homemade items.

This particular Amish store also has a bakery attached to it. I really enjoyed looking around in the bakery. They had some beautiful products including bread, pies, and cookies. The bakery was really busy and everyone was buying all kinds of baked goods. But these baked goods were expensive.

I am sure these products were good. They looked delicious. I also know that a lot of time goes into products like this. I know because I make them all the time. So I am not saying these products are not worth the price, but I could not believe how many people were buying these items. A loaf of bread was a least $4. I know compared to good store bought bread that is not that much more, but compared to making it at home it is really expensive. They also sold cookies, I can make cookies just as good and for much cheaper at home. And the pies, oh the pies looked really good, but $7 and up. Again, I know a lot of work goes into to making a good pie and you also have the cost of the ingredients, but $7, for a pie.

To be honest, I have no idea what a bakery pie costs anywhere else. I don’t think I have ever bought one. I also never buy bakery cookies, so maybe people pay this everyday for these items. Maybe I just need to pay more attention to things. 🙂

When I was walking around this bakery looking at all the items and all the people buying them I just could not believe it. I really felt like walking up to one of the ladies and asking her if she knew that she could make those peanut butter cookies at home for much cheaper. I felt like telling her she should go home and make them herself. I could have even given her a recipe. 🙂

As we drove home from the store I really began to think. Do people just not know how to cook anymore? Do they just not like to cook? Do they just not have the time? People complain about not having enough money. So many people say they are struggling financially. Well, maybe they should realize that one of the first places to start saving money should be in the food budget. Cook at home, stay at home and eat, you really will save money.

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  1. I’m one of those people who splurge on pricey baked goods occasionally. I have been striving to cut back and make more at home…thanks to your blog and others; but frankly, I’m often disheartened as I see everyone describe themselves as stay-at-home moms. I work outside the home 40 hours a week (from 8-5) and essentially get to see my kids from 5:30-8pm (they’re 8, 2 and 8 months). I’m left with 2 viable evening hours to clean up, do laundry and plan meals….not to mention squeeze in some DH time. I’d love to make my own bread and cook scratch meals on a daily basis, but I just can’t. And so I splurge on things that are supposed to be “homemade” as a treat – for myself and my family.

  2. I was not trying to be too hard on people that spend money on baked goods. I am sorry if it came across that way. I guess I am just tired of always hearing people complain about money, especially in our current economy. I think food is the first place a lot of people can cut. So many people eat out and such. I know there are exceptions to this and you are one of them. I can’t even imagine trying to work full time, take care of kids and a home and bake all the time. I am able to stay at home. I am very grateful for that.

  3. Lynn

    I hear what you are saying. I think the same thing when I hear about the numbers of kids/Americans without health insurance. I know there are exceptions to this but I personally know a few families without health insurance for themselves or thier children. They have the money but choose to spend it on other things like cable tv, trips, kids extra curriculars, hobbies, etc.

  4. I’ve always wanted to go to an Amish store! I would love to see all the different foods, but I am like you, I would never pay $4 for bread when I can make it at home just as good. And the same with cookies, cakes, etc. But I used to be one of those people who spent money on these kinds of foods before I learned how to cook! LOL

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