Cooking at home can be a great way to monitor exactly what you are eating. It can also be fun! You can experiment with flavors, prefect an old family favorite, or just make up something of your own. There are health benefits to cooking at home as well. You can turn cooking at home into a family activity that will help promote bonding.
And Then There Was Fire
According to anthropologist Richard Wrangham, early cooking most likely consisted of throwing meat into a fire. Even after we progressed beyond that particular method, cooking still looked a lot different than what we think of today. Families had to keep a fire burning at all times because if it went out, there was a chance they wouldn’t get it going again. Mesopotamia, according to Did You Know Homes, brought a major advancement to cooking; caring for plants and animals. This would help increase the variety of foods eaten and also the availability of food. However, the lower classes still did not eat nearly as well as the wealthy.
Become a Healthier You
Cooking at home increases your awareness of what you are eating. People that cook at home more often consume fewer calories even when they do decide to eat out, according to Harvard Health Publishing. An article published by Johns Hopkins corroborates that information and goes on to add that unhealthy eating habits can lead to heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Learning to cook meals at home is a big first step to living a much happier and healthier life.
When it comes to cooking you don’t have to jump into anything fancy. Start with the basics and move on from there. The Spruce Eats has a wonderful A-Z guide for cooking terms that can help you get started, and Morsel by Plated has a guide to basic cooking methods. The most important thing to remember about cooking is to have fun with it. Everyone learns at a different pace, and everyone has different tastes. If jumping right in makes you nervous, you can look for cooking classes in your area that can help you get started. You can even invite a friend over to enjoy a glass of wine (or a beer) while you learn to cook together.