The topic got me thinking about convenience foods. I am not talking about frozen pizzas or rotisserie chicken here. Instead I am thinking about baby carrots versus pealing and slicing a regular sized carrot. Or packaged coleslaw versus shredding a cabbage yourself. The difference is so small, the amount of time seemingly minimal. Plus, you drastically decrease the chances of E. coli contamination when you deal with the whole beast versus it's parts.
I say this, but I am an offender as well. We make everything from scratch, and if I can shave a couple of minutes off of my prep time by using bagged coleslaw.....then I am likely to do it. But I kind of hate my laziness at the same time. So, you see? I am at an impasse between my ideals and my practicality. I wish I just didn't have the option. Take me back to the 20's when all you had to work with were the raw materials. There were no fancy packages to lure you away with promises of extra free time.