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To embrace jars and packets?

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FlapsTie Wed 12-Oct-16 12:46:19

For years I have cooked delicious, healthy home cooked meals, (interspersed with the occasional 'orange dinner' for those days when I couldn't be arsed).

The kids have got fussier and fussier over the years and my acceptable dinner repertoire got narrower and narrower.

Then I discovered that although they turn their noses up at my pasta sauces (carbonara, puttanesca etc) they will happily eat bowls and bowls of it if it's made with a Homepride or whatever sauce. This has led to the revelation that Chicken Tonight sauce is apparently much preferable to anything I can produce.

I'm not a bad cook (at least I don't think so) but my teenagers evidently have an unsophisticated palate.

So wibu to give up cooking from scratch altogether and fully embrace the jars? It's so much better for my state of mind to spend three minutes assembling a meal they'll all eat than to spend an hour making something nutritious they'll pick at.

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KingJoffreysRestingCuntface Wed 12-Oct-16 12:53:18

I embraced jars and packets years ago.

Cooking bores me. I work long hours. Why spend ages squishing tomatoes with my bare hands when either Dolmio or Ragu is always on offer.

luckylucky24 Wed 12-Oct-16 12:55:01

Cook what they will definitely eat. Jars for the rest.

HughLauriesStubble Wed 12-Oct-16 12:59:46

Jars and packets are full of salt and sugar. Tbh I dont find it too inconvenient cooking sauces from scratch, using tinned tomatoes hardly equates to hand crushing tomatoes.

We embrace the 'eat it or go hungry' philosophy here. Doesn't take long to catch on!

gaggiagirl Wed 12-Oct-16 12:59:50

I have embraced jars too. Quick and convenient and always reliable.

FlapsTie Wed 12-Oct-16 13:02:27

I am cooking a from scratch fish lasagne at the weekend, and a from scratch roast, so I'm sure they won't die of scurvy just yet.

But during the week I am slumming it with the sauces. grin

allnewredfairy Wed 12-Oct-16 13:04:05

Trouble is the children develop the taste for processed food jam packed with sugar and salt. My family cheer when they get jarred sauce as opposed to anything I can knock up far more heathily. I feel like I am fighting a losing battle.

MatildaTheCat Wed 12-Oct-16 13:05:21

As a long time user of jars I would note that there is a lot of difference in the taste and quality of the various brands. They may still be somewhat loaded with salt and sugar but they do at least taste nice.

Preferred brands are Lloyd Grossman, Waitrose and Seeds of Change. Don't use every day and I don't see a problem unless you are using that grey gloop that comes in some varieties.

Your DC will see the light eventually. Then they could learn to cook. grin

ginorwine Wed 12-Oct-16 13:47:38

It's because they are loaded with so much disguised sugar - us humans are programmed to like it !
I'd stick to mostly homemade or reduce the number of jars ?

Blackfellpony Wed 12-Oct-16 13:51:46

I use dolmio. I'm lazy and it always tastes nice blush

Soubriquet Wed 12-Oct-16 13:53:26

Jars and packets here too

Cooking is tedious enough as it is without having to make the sauce first

c3pu Wed 12-Oct-16 13:55:27

I use packets as I like to think that they are healthier than jars - I'm aware that this is probably a delusion :lol:

I tend to use them as a "base", and add in lots of extra veg etc to bulk it out and freestyle it a bit.

youngestisapsycho Wed 12-Oct-16 13:57:39

I use Lloyd Grossman jars, probably once a fortnight... everything in moderation. They probably wouldn't be very healthy every night!

80sWaistcoat Wed 12-Oct-16 14:01:18

I'll happily use jars as will DH - but also cook without using jars. But the former is quicker, easier and will always get eaten.

NapQueen Wed 12-Oct-16 14:01:21

Stash some empty jars, fill with your own sauces. Be very visual when cooking, holding the labels outwards like on the adverts

drinkyourmilk Wed 12-Oct-16 14:02:20

We mainly cook from scratch, but once a week we have a takeaway and once a week we have either an orange meal or jar/packet meal. I'm not aiming for perfection, just a balance.
If I were you it would be eat it or leave it- but there is nothing else and no snacks.

youngestisapsycho Wed 12-Oct-16 14:04:16

What's an orange meal?

OlennasWimple Wed 12-Oct-16 14:05:07

i use tins, jars, frozen stuff - not quite at the level of Delia's shepherds pie with tinned mince and frozen mash, but I think taking a short cut in an otherwise home made dish is a 1000 times better than a ready meal. I just don't add any extra salt or sugar (tomatoes often need a sprinkle of sugar to counter bitterness otherwise)

3littlemonkeys82 Wed 12-Oct-16 14:06:23

I've come to a bit of a compromise (although I'm probably kidding myself it's healthier, it makes me feel better!)

So where I previously used a large jar of ragu (family of 5) I now use a small jar and mix in a tin of chopped tomatoes, some onions and mushrooms... The kids don't seem to have noticed the difference but it's cut out a lot of the processed salt and sugar.

donajimena Wed 12-Oct-16 14:07:02

I've started using jars and packets in the last year. Apparently my 75pence Asda bolognese sauce was 'the best I have ever made' according to my partner hmm
I've always cooked from 'scratch' and I have taken pride in the fact that I do so.
I have come to the conclusion that it tastes shite though. I follow recipes to the word too.
I give up. Packets and jars from now on

FairyDogMother11 Wed 12-Oct-16 14:12:45

Since I've moved in with a very fussy DP I too have embraced packets and jars; I always cooked from scratch and indeed still do if I'm only cooking for me; I appreciate good food and he appreciates takeaways and ready meals grin. There's no point making my life harder than it needs to be when he doesn't notice the difference wink

EddieHitler Wed 12-Oct-16 14:20:24

I bought a jar of 70-odd-pence creamy tomato pasta sauce in Lidl (for convenience while on holiday) and I also got the 'best I'd ever made' comments! They have it every so often now.

dinosaursarebisexual Wed 12-Oct-16 14:24:05

I can't stand them, they are all so sweet. Same for tinned soups with a tomato base. Yeuck. Do like packet peppercorn sauce tho.

drinkyourmilk Wed 12-Oct-16 15:03:05

An orange meal for us is out of the freezer- fish fingers, chips and beans, or pizza.

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