Originally Posted by bramblefir
I once had the honor or listening to an elderly lady tell stories of her father's life. I won't do the story I'm going to share any justice, but I'll give it a try. It was the early 1900's in Montana. It was winter. Her father was 8 years old and the oldest of many children. His father, her grandfather, had just died after being sick for several weeks. When they came home from the burial his mother, baby on her hip, put his father's rifle in his hands and said "You're the man of the family now. Go out and shoot something or we'll starve." And so he took the gun and set out into the snow to hunt game. He brought home a deer.
While I would never make a child shoulder the responsibility of feeding a family, I certainly want to make sure that mine are fully equipped to do so one day. The ability to cook and acquire food (not from a grocery store) are really, really basic skills that everybody should know. Food is so easily taken for granted nowadays but yet it's one of the few things in life we can't live without.
We live in a time where it's "hard" to cook food from ingredients purchased at the store. It's even harder to "man up" and accept the responsibility of providing
food; real food that grows from the ground or is packaged only in fur, feathers, or scales; food that you
grew and raised, harvested and slaughtered. It's difficult for many to understand nature's cycle of death and rebirth. It's even more difficult to truly understand that you must cut a life short, whether it be plant or animal, so that you might live another day and
that you do so with every bite you take.
Not so long ago a whole roast chicken was considered a special dinner, recipes used small quantities of meat and/or offal, and animals were butchered to honor a guest or mark an important event. Now chicken is "cheap" and meat is the main course at every meal.