Paul has been passionate about preparing, cooking, and eating healthy food for over 30 years. Born in the UK, he now lives in Florida.
I'm a huge fan of homemade food, I think it can be a great way to eat healthy, affordable, and tasty meals.
However, I can also understand that making your own meals on a regular basis may not be for everyone. Cookery takes time and energy, as well as more than a little skill.
In this article, I list and look at 10 negatives of homemade food.
10 Downsides of Cooking Your Meals at Home
Here are my 10 disadvantages of homemade meals.
- It Takes Time
- More Shopping at the Grocery Store
- Have to Clean Up Afterwards
- No Enthusiasm for Cooking
- Lack of Cooking Skills
- Practical Limitations
- Restaurants Are Great for Your Social Life
- Restaurants Can Provide Inspiration
- Buying Ingredients Can Be Costly
- Inconvenience and Fatigue
I explore each negative in more detail below.
1. It Takes Time
Making your own meals at home takes time. Whatever the benefits might be, it's never going to be as quick as ordering in a meal, or stopping off at a restaurant on the way home from work. If you are not a natural or skilled cook, there is also a learning process involved before you are capable of cooking the meals you desire. Homemade meals are never going to compete with fast food when it comes to convenience.
2. More Shopping at the Grocery Store
Making your own meals at home inevitably involves a lot of energy spent hunting down the ingredients you need. Some people enjoy the shopping experience, but for many, it is not how they want to spend their free time, especially when a single meal can involve visiting multiple stores. For those who don't live in rural areas away from any big stores, it can be especially inconvenient.
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3. Have to Clean Up Afterwards
Ordering in meals creates very little mess—perhaps you will need to clean a plate or two and some silverware. Eat out and somebody else will do all the washing up for you. However, with cooking at home, there are always pots and pans, utensils, plates, dishes, silverware, as well as drinking glasses to clean up afterwards.
4. No Enthusiasm for Cooking
We all have our own particular likes and dislikes. Some people (including myself) love to prepare and cook foods, and we feel it's a fun and interesting thing to do. Other people just don't enjoy it, and they question the merit of spending large chunks of time doing something that they really don't care for.
5. Lack of Cooking Skills
Some people seem to lack any natural aptitude for cookery. Although the associated skills may seem easy for some, cooking at its heart is a complex marriage of art and science. The art involves creating the look, aroma, texture, and taste of the food. The science is about mastering the chemical reactions that most meals involve, especially when there's heat involved. If you are going to learn all this, you will generally have to make many mistakes before you begin to get it right.
6. Practical Limitations
Cooking food requires space to store your equipment and enough room to operate in. If you live in a small apartment, or you share your kitchen with others, you can face practical issues with cooking. These can be especially challenging when trying to cook for a large group of people.
7. Restaurants Are Great for Your Social Life
Homemade meals can be cheaper, healthier, and more affordable, but when it comes to socializing, it's difficult to beat meeting up with friends or family at a restaurant. Eating out is a social event, not just a way to consume food. Making your own meals at home can mean sacrificing a fun way to meet people and network, and it can become boring in the long run.
8. Restaurants Can Provide Inspiration
Eating your own meals can become dull and boring over time. It's difficult not to fall into a rut, and there are zero surprises when you prepare the food yourself. Eating out at restaurants provides new ideas and inspiration for foods and flavor combinations that you might not get when making your own meals.
9. Buying Ingredients Can Be Costly
Buying the high-quality and specialty ingredients that some recipes require can be an expensive business. It's also the case that if you are cooking for just one or two people, you end up buying larger quantities of certain ingredients than you need, because they aren't available in smaller bottles, containers, or packages.
10. Inconvenience and Fatigue
Cooking your own meals at home doesn't just require time and a degree of skill, it also requires a certain amount of energy. People who have busy lives, or work long hours may not be able to rustle up the effort needed for homemade meals. In some cases, it might make more sense to eat out, or order a doorstep delivery.
© 2021 Paul Goodman