Real food takes time. Time to grow it. Time for the harvesting, or the fattening of livestock for those who don’t have an opposition to locally-grown meat.
Since convenience foods have come to predominate the American diet, the home cooked meal has become an endangered species. Families no longer commune around food, instead, everyone fends for themselves. If you have older children, think about the last time you had a family meal that wasn’t a special occasion, but just a normal weeknight.
If you opened our refrigerator this morning, you’d find it loaded with real food like kale, apples, and fresh milk Greek yogurt and brined feta cheese from a local farmer like Balfour Farm; most American refrigerators are more likely, to be stocked with pre-packaged, microwavable meals, sans nutrients or vitamins and chock full of other things that aren’t food. Actually, many of these re-manufactured foods will last forever and don’t require refrigeration.
As I make my way through Melanie Warner’s book about processed food (I touched on this in last Friday’s post), I’ve decided I’m done with packaged cereal. That includes some of the so-called natural granolas.
On Sunday morning, I set aside 30 minutes and whipped up yet another batch of my own homemade version of my favorite cereal. It took a little bit of work, some planning to make sure I had all the ingredients, but now I have a batch that will last me a couple of weeks.
It tastes like real food, it has actual nutrients, and it’s much cheaper than the packaged variety.
I hope to have a longer post on Friday, unpacking meat, factory farms, and why the free market runs counter to real food.
Here’s an interview done last year with Warner guesting with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez on Democracy Now.