Convenience Foods vs. Making from Scratch Made by Ms. Hughes Competency #46 Compare and contrast the cost and taste of made-from-scratch,
convenience, and ready-made foods. What does it mean to make something from scratch Making a food from scratch involves using staple ingredients, or other store bought ingredients. Ex. Making our cookies, and making the macaroni and cheese
Advantages of Made from scratch You are in control of the recipe Flavors Dietary restrictions Freshness May be less expensive than purchasing ready-made or convenience versions May be a family recipe passed down from
generation to generation Disadvantages In general may take longer than similar convenience methods Can be more expensive Requires you have all necessary ingredients on hand More mistakes may happen if you are inexperienced in preparing the recipe
What are convenience foods Box macaroni and cheese Soups Taco kits Hamburger Helper Quaker Oats oatmeal Boxed cake mixes Ready Made Foods
Foods sold premade or cooked. Ex. Deli salads Bakery items Rotisserie Chicken Frozen or Refrigerated entrees, dinners, or side dishes Convenience Foods-Advantages Less preparation time Reduced planning, buying, and storing of ingredients
Fewer leftovers More variety, especially for inexperienced cooks Faster and easier cleanup Storability-usually keep well for extended periods Convenience FoodsDisadvantages May be less of certain ingredients (meat, fish, cheese) Cooking time may be increased for thawing
or longer baking time Harder to control fat, salt, and sugar Cost per serving my be higher that homemade Three Levels of Convenience Basic-canned, frozen, or dried foods with few
ingredients Instant potatoes, frozen juice concentrate, canned veggies Three Levels of Convenience Complex- Several ingredients with more timesaving processing, these often cost more than homemade Ready to use frosting, frozen
waffles, frozen entrees Three Levels of Convenience Manufactured-Cannot be made at home, relatively expensive because of production technology Carbonated beverages
What makes a Convenience Food Cheaper than Homemade Mass production and distribution are cost effective Transportation is cheaper for packaged foods Taking advantage of bulk prices and seasonal production Less spoilage and waste occur Low Cost Convenience
Frozen juice concentrate Cake and pancake dry mixes Canned vegetables and fruits Plain frozen vegetables Instant mashed potatoes
Spaghetti sauce Macaroni and cheese dry mix Canned condensed soups Frozen french fries Bread, crackers, rolls Some Convenience Foods are more expensive
Choose convenience foods carefully and make it at home if you have time/resources Packaging, precooking, and seasoning and sauces add cost The more done to foods by someone else the more you pay High Cost Convenience Frozen vegetables with sauce
Coating mixes Carry-out or deli items Frozen entrees or dinners Instant hot cereals Fancy bakery items Ready to use frosting Frozen pancake
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