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Thread: Never too Old to Learn.............Maybe!

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    Smile Never too Old to Learn.............Maybe!

    I recently attended, with several friends, a cooking demonstration at our little rural church. We are all in our 70's and have been cooking for many years but still interested in learning new things. Well, seems we are hopelessly old fashioned. At least that is what we were told.

    All of the foods we sampled were very spicy. All the recipes included garlic, hot peppers, Indian curries, Cajun spices, plenty of salt and other tongue tingling things. The young ladies liked them but we had to scrape the coatings off before we could eat them. When we mentioned we liked our foods more naturally cooked without added flavors we were told we were way behind the times and, get this, older people have to eat very spicy foods because our taste buds are nearly gone! Well, to each her own of course, but don't tell me about my taste buds!

    Then came the cooking helps. Did you know you can use your cappacino machine part that makes frothy milk to scramble eggs and your paper shredder to cut pasta? Neither did I. I just use a fork to stir and a sharp knife to cut.

    Best part is when we were told how to actually grow our own foods! Just buy special plants, put them in special soil you buy, in a special container you buy, under a special grow light you buy, wear special plastic gloves you buy, fertilize with special packages you buy, pick when ripe and wash in a special cleaner you buy, and eat. When they said it was so "organic" we nearly lost it. We all grew up and still live on farms, have gardened all our lives using dirt and manure and no plastic gloves, and canned and froze many, many foods to feed our families for years and years.

    After another hour of such help we left, thanked the presenters profusely, and continued to do things our old fashioned ways.

    Like I said, you are never too old to learn!

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    Too funny! I always wonder if something catastrophic happened to people like that how long they would survive! (LOL)

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    Thanks for the laughs, I am with you in the 70's of my life and I eat mostly out...Was a lot of fast foods until the Dr put me on a no carb diet a few weeks ago. Oh how I want a piece of bread, mashed potatoes all those good things in life.
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    Hehehehe. New is not always better!!!

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    Well, as to the kids now, they wouldn't know what to do if we should have a real depression. My husband and I could. We could have beans and cornbread, sauerkraut, cooked cabbage, all kinds of stuff that is fairly cheap. Rice, . I could take the money they eat out on one meal and cook for 2 or 3 days. But that is the way we were raised. We had 3 big lots of garden and we picked corn, raspberries, blackberries, goosebarries, beans, spinach potatoes, radished lettuce, you name it. we canned it. Oh, for that fresh food that hasn't been treated with every chemical around. Just my humble opinion.ha.

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    It is amazing the things some people can tell you and expect you to believe. We splurge once in a while and as I get older and lazier, I use some short cuts but, I still cook the old fashioned way. We have taste buds, just different than theirs.
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    Oh I couldn't stop laughing. What a time you had!!! oh well, they meant well- I think.

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    The pantry police aren't any better than the quilt police. I don't cook the old fashioned way and I probably eat cheaper than all of you and have more food in storage. I'm tired of hearing how one generation is better than another.
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    Last time I was in a junk store, some teen picked up a handheld egg beater and turn to ask her mother, "What in the world is this?" !!

    Reckon they feel the same way about us and new technology, too, huh. (And they may be right in MY case!)

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    I am have been canning since I was 10yrs old. Helped my DM and still do can to this day. My DH picks wild berries and asparagus and I make jelly and jam. Freeze what ever I can. We have a garden and it is grown organic. No gloves no special anything. LOL

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    That is too funny. What would they do if they got dirt under their fingernails without the plastic gloves? lol

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    Oh, so true. Organic is what we have been doing for years. Just didn't know it was called that. As for all the spices..well, let's just not go there! Could be here all day!
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    Funny! I remember in school that I was taught to address the audience when you are giving a speech. You are all farm Ladies - Didn't they know where they were?
    Next generation.... mashing turnips on Thanksgiving and my DIL said....'Oh that's what it is used for....She did not know what a potato masher was? Her Mother only used French's Instant! My kids called them 'fake' potatoes.
    I also taught her and other DIL's how to make apple pies. (They measured and they rolled,etc.) How could anyone live without apple pie? Thank you for listening. I will step off my grandstand now.
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    LenaBeena, you and your friends are a hoot! And very gracious too I might add.
    As an organic gardener of many years, your methods are closer to the real thing than those of the supposed "experts" who were instructing you.

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    It's amazing how we've lived all these years knowing nothing. lol

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    Ha ha ha ...well said!!!!! Im in your club!!!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by LenaBeena View Post
    I recently attended, with several friends, a cooking demonstration at our little rural church. We are all in our 70's and have been cooking for many years but still interested in learning new things. Well, seems we are hopelessly old fashioned. At least that is what we were told.

    All of the foods we sampled were very spicy. All the recipes included garlic, hot peppers, Indian curries, Cajun spices, plenty of salt and other tongue tingling things. The young ladies liked them but we had to scrape the coatings off before we could eat them. When we mentioned we liked our foods more naturally cooked without added flavors we were told we were way behind the times and, get this, older people have to eat very spicy foods because our taste buds are nearly gone! Well, to each her own of course, but don't tell me about my taste buds!

    Then came the cooking helps. Did you know you can use your cappacino machine part that makes frothy milk to scramble eggs and your paper shredder to cut pasta? Neither did I. I just use a fork to stir and a sharp knife to cut.

    Best part is when we were told how to actually grow our own foods! Just buy special plants, put them in special soil you buy, in a special container you buy, under a special grow light you buy, wear special plastic gloves you buy, fertilize with special packages you buy, pick when ripe and wash in a special cleaner you buy, and eat. When they said it was so "organic" we nearly lost it. We all grew up and still live on farms, have gardened all our lives using dirt and manure and no plastic gloves, and canned and froze many, many foods to feed our families for years and years.

    After another hour of such help we left, thanked the presenters profusely, and continued to do things our old fashioned ways.

    Like I said, you are never too old to learn!

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    I'm with you! not even 50 yet but I'd rather eat out of my garden with no man made chemicals.. Its funny how ORGANIC is the NEW way of doing things. I wouldn't want to have to clean that shredder LOL. the victorian era had a tool for everything, um' a grape peeler? really? whats wrong with eating the grape skin?

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    I am not quite 70 and in the 60's my neighbors thought I was a hippie. == long hair, artist, sandles. I also did then and still do make everything from scratch, veg in season, etc. Now, of my 6 kids, a couple follow in my footsteps, a couple sound like your speaker and a couple are in between. Funny how your habits rub off. I have sent your letter to the 'hippie' kids. Love it.

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    That sure had me shaking my head!!! LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by LenaBeena View Post
    I recently attended, with several friends, a cooking demonstration at our little rural church. We are all in our 70's and have been cooking for many years but still interested in learning new things. Well, seems we are hopelessly old fashioned. At least that is what we were told.

    All of the foods we sampled were very spicy. All the recipes included garlic, hot peppers, Indian curries, Cajun spices, plenty of salt and other tongue tingling things. The young ladies liked them but we had to scrape the coatings off before we could eat them. When we mentioned we liked our foods more naturally cooked without added flavors we were told we were way behind the times and, get this, older people have to eat very spicy foods because our taste buds are nearly gone! Well, to each her own of course, but don't tell me about my taste buds!

    Then came the cooking helps. Did you know you can use your cappacino machine part that makes frothy milk to scramble eggs and your paper shredder to cut pasta? Neither did I. I just use a fork to stir and a sharp knife to cut.

    Best part is when we were told how to actually grow our own foods! Just buy special plants, put them in special soil you buy, in a special container you buy, under a special grow light you buy, wear special plastic gloves you buy, fertilize with special packages you buy, pick when ripe and wash in a special cleaner you buy, and eat. When they said it was so "organic" we nearly lost it. We all grew up and still live on farms, have gardened all our lives using dirt and manure and no plastic gloves, and canned and froze many, many foods to feed our families for years and years.

    After another hour of such help we left, thanked the presenters profusely, and continued to do things our old fashioned ways.

    Like I said, you are never too old to learn!
    I'm with you on all your points!

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    My mom learned how to put lumps into instant potatoes so my brother would think they were real. I also always thought that she was light years ahead of her time because she made frozen burgers, but then would take the inside part out with a wooden spoon, so that when one of us got home from school or work the burger could go under the broiler straight out of the freezer and the middle would be cooked.
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    ....You were a very gracious group indeed. I am not quite 50, and have been doing things using the "old ways" for years. I even taught my kids what "weeds" were safe to eat and did not freak out when they tried cat/dog biscuits. Both grew up healthy with great teeth and allergy free. They still make me smile when they say mud/sand/earth is "clean dirt"....

    I banned myself from attending tupperware parties. They bring out the worst in me....not a fan of plastic. Give me a glass jar anyday.

    Why on earth would anyone use a paper shredder for making pasta??? Got to tell my husband this one (he's Sicilian).

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