BAReFOOt wrote:Giygasfan wrote:This is what I mean. You are assuming everyone has accesses to a place to store those items, a reliable place to cook, and the budget to buy them. I have none of those. That's "what's so hard about cooking."
Place? You have a fridge and a small cupboard space don’t you? That’s all you need for all those items.
Reliable? Well, make a time schedule. Or just do what I recommended with working together with others. I did it, it was fun and I only had to cook once a month. And so can you.
Budget? You’re obviously not studying economics. ^^ Why do you think that having an entire crew work for you and have a large special room with everything (the cafeteria), involving lots of processing, would be cheaper than doing it yourself?? Something is very wrong with your perception. Processing always costs money.
I think you missed Giygasfan's earlier post, especially when you start in about budgeting. Some colleges REQUIRE you to purchase a food plan if you live in the dormitories. My school required this. If you are paying with your own money or on a limited budget from your parents, you won't necessarily be able to fit in many homecooked meals. I think I arranged one every couple of weekends when I was an undergrad, but I had a bit more funding to do so as I worked and my parents were footing my major bills. My roommates always complained if I wanted their help on buying ingredients. It became more scarce as time went on, and I relied on some campus groups where the lovely faculty and their husbands and wives would offer us home-cooked meals on weekends. It was cheaper that way, although I ate a lot of chili, pizza and assorted casseroles.
Heck, my school didn't even provide us with a mini-fridge. If I wanted one I had to buy it myself, and add it to my storage locker over the summer. If you happened to be one of the lucky 64 or so to get suites, then you had a little kitchen to four people. (But I had other issues at that point.)
Technical Ben wrote:I still cannot imagine the "food islands" spoken about in America. I've not been to a 3rd world country like Africa, but I did see Brazil in South America. There were poor (favellas) and rich. They still ate chicken soup, chicken pie or just rice and beans etc. Only the "well off" had the convenience food of cheese and ham sandwiches. The poor actually had to cook stuff.
I'd be willing to bet that the local communities raise those chickens and sell them at local markets. There are laws in place about raising food animals like that within city limits in most urban centers of the United States. We generally have to find our chicken at the grocery store.
I'm not sure what qualifies as a food desert, but I know that when I go to buy fresh produce, there's a chance it's moldy on the shelves at the store. Root veg often molds within two days of bringing it home. You buy a 5lb bag of potatoes today, you'd better be cooking up five pounds of potatoes tonight. Things last a little longer in the wintertime, but we're the end of the road for most of the produce trucks. All the folk in this thread who are talking about amazing things like farmers' markets, non-chain grocers, specialized delis, I'm so very jealous. Where we live, nobody wants to open up specialized food stores. There are too many impoverished, transient people here to have the money to support such businesses--and those who actually make a decent salary in the city will do their shopping up to an hour and a half away. Most of the locals are content to get their grocery shopping done at the Walmart.
I'm just glad I found a butcher (took me over a year of living here to locate him), because Walmart meat has yet to convince me that it's actually made of meat.