In a society in which fast-food chains and pre-packaged meals continue to dominate, the idea of home cooked meals is becoming a thing of the past. There are many factors that have led people to turn away from the kitchen, such as time, cost, accessibility, and education – university students are no strangers to these barriers. The following infographic highlights the different components associated with cooking, as well as the resources on- and off-campus to help inspire students to start cooking!
When it comes to gaining confidence in the kitchen, the first step is to understand how to obtain your ingredients.
Turning to local food has the possibility to reduce the negative impacts of the food industry. The support for local food is growing in communities all over Ontario, including Hamilton. On campus, we have Mac Farmstand connecting us to the farmers around us. According to Eat Right Ontario, there are 5 main benefits of buying local food:
Alternatively, there is also the option of looking into community gardens – a collective space where people work together to grow fruits, vegetables and flowers. You can turn to your own backyard and create your own garden, or check out the McMaster Community & Teaching Garden outside of BSB!
It’s important to keep in mind the importance of understanding proper knife skills, and food handling & storage recommendations in order to avoid any accidents. Most basic cooking skills can easily be learned via a quick google search, but the SWELL also has a variety of cookbooks to which you can refer. With regards to nutrition, Eat Right Ontario is a great phone service and the on-campus dietitian.