What do I mean by “traditional cooking”? Well . . . some years ago I began to realize the value of the Bible as God's instruction for our whole lives - not just our spiritual lives or our values, but how we live every part of life - even how we eat. After study and prayer I decided on 5 principles that would guide the way that I feed our family. The first 3 are addressed in What the Bible Says About Healthy Living as well as many other books that I have read. The last two are necessary for me to live in this manner.
1. Eat only what God created for food.
2. Eat these foods as close to the way that God made them as possible.
3. Beware of foods that are addictive.
Based on the first three principles, collect and develop delicious and nourishing recipes that:
4. Can be prepared quickly and easily,
5. And will not strain (or break) the budget.
What does this mean in real life? We try to eat only real food - not chemicals or processed foods, but real foods in their real form. We try to stay away from processed additives. That does mean that basically everything is "from scratch". But it does not mean that it has to take a lot of time or money. It can actually be a very frugal way of cooking. I try to optimize the nutrition in everything we eat by preparing it in a way that makes all the nutrients available for absorption by the body. I would like everything to be organic, but that is not realistic for us - so we grow our own of what we can and we purchase the best we can afford of real foods. We limit addictive foods - all forms of sugar to a great degree and I try to limit my coffee and tea. We also limit eating out and "fast foods", although I cannot say we never eat out. We rarely consume soda - Mitchel and the kids like it on occasion, but I am mostly content with a glass of lemon water or iced tea. I do NOT keep it at our house.
How do we accomplish this? Well it basically requires 2 hours each day at my house - except on Sunday. I spend from 7am to 9am in the kitchen preparing foods in a traditional manner - baking bread (usually sourdough); soaking nuts, beans or grains; preparing and/or preserving fruits and vegetables; preparing the needed meats; and making raw milk products. These activities make meal preparation quick and easy - usually requiring only about 15 minutes to get a meal on the table. It takes a bit of planning, but a routine develops over time and I add new techniques slowly as I learn how to do them. It is becoming a comfortable way to manage our food needs.
Why do I do this? Mainly, it just makes sense to me that many health issues that we have currently, we did not have in great degree in previous generations. I am mostly referring to remote and ancient peoples that ate the foods that grew around them. While lack of health care and poor sanitation contributed to many deaths in our recent past, even these deaths were not in large degree from heart disease or cancer. The occurrence of those diseases has risen despite modern nutrition's best advice. And while people were alive in ages past - they were healthy - not suffering from so many allergies and digestive issues and chronic problems that plague our nation today. It also makes sense to me that many of these current problems could be prevented or reduced if we ate traditional foods prepared in traditional ways. It is also biblical. Many preparation techniques used in traditional foods were first mentioned in the Bible.
I am not a nutritionist or a doctor. I am just a mom that wants the very best for my family. I have studied the work of Dr. Weston Price and read books about traditional food prerparation methods and it makes sense to me. I do not believe it is a cure-all and I do not believe that my family will never get sick. But I know that I am doing my best to make sure they have the very best nutrition through real foods made by God and prepared with loving hands.
The pages in this section will contain information, recipes, meal plans, and shopping tips for old fashioned cooking in this modern world. Let me also add that I try not to stress about this. Learning how to cook differently is hard. You can do it, but change takes effort. So do the best you can – making small changes consistently over time.