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  •  Processed food is American crack (1+ / 0-)
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    At the same time, for many it's affordable calories that they can't avoid. Yesterday I was in a large market with my good friend who was recently diagnosed with diabetes.

    She and I were buying fresh, non-processed vegies and fruits and meats/cheeses. The entire middle of the store was processed foods, a whole aisle of ramen noodles! A reasonably skilled cook could produce a meal for their family with the good stuff, I'm afraid the average American cook would be lost quickly.

    Even then, you still need a certain amount of processed stuff, like crushed tomatoes or olive oil. It's hard. I know people who wouldn't know wtf to do with a head of garlic. It's sad.

    "But much to my surprise when I opened my eyes I was the victim of the great compromise." John Prine

    by high uintas on Thu Jan 20, 2011 at 11:37:50 AM PST

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    •  My wife and I are both decent cooks (1+ / 0-)
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      and enjoy cooking without cans. I have to admit, cooking oils are one thing we can't avoid. But during the summer and fall we often have tomatos straight from the garden. Man, those are WAY better then anything you get in the store. We also have an herb box which produces fresh herbs neatly year round. And with our chickens, garden, and orchard we actually produce a considerable chunk of our own food. We get most our meats and dairy from local farms and try to buy from the local farmer's markets when they're open. It really isn't that hard, but it takes effort. It also takes the luxuries of space and time, two things which are in extremely short supply.

      I have a purpose in life, I am my cat's doorman.

      by ontheleftcoast on Thu Jan 20, 2011 at 11:50:32 AM PST

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