Google + Information ≠ All you need

Now that everything is available on the internet, why do we need to remember or memorize anything?
That’s so much work! Why can’t we just look it up when we need it?

We could talk about apocalyptic events: we’ve seen the movies and read the books where there is no more internet, so people just have to learn to survive. This has been a thing of nightmares for me (I grew up during the Cold War and bomb shelters, after all).

Let’s leave the nightmares behind, and talk about something we are all interested in: food. Could you make a meal successfully with only the information you on Google?

Anyone who’s made a meal in someone else’s kitchen knows the frustration of having to look for everything—utensils, pots and pans, pot holders, measuring cups, bowls, knives, cutting boards, and we haven’t even got to the ingredients yet. We have to figure out how to use a new stove-top, oven, and microwave, and set the table.

Even if I’ve found directions on Google to make a meatloaf , I still need some basic knowledge.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
    Preheat, I don’t see any setting for preheat on the oven. Is it bake, but how do I know how many degrees the oven is at?
  2. In a large bowl, combine the beef, egg, onion, milk and bread OR cracker crumbs. …
    How big is large? What kind of beef? What do I do with this onion, and why are my eyes watering? Bread or crackers!? How do I choose?
  3. In a separate small bowl, combine the brown sugar, mustard and ketchup. …
    How much do I use? What do you mean look at the list of ingredients to see if I have everything? What’s the difference between a tablespoon and a teaspoon?
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 hour.
    Do I just put it on the rack? What kind of pan do I use?

Hopefully, I started on the meatloaf first, because now I have an hour to get the rest of the meal ready. But what do I do next? Maybe I’ll make some potatoes. I wonder how to do that…

We don’t have enough time to look everything up if we want to get a meal on the table. We need a basic knowledge of food and cooking, as well as some pre-learned kitchen skills.

Some things you just have to learn by doing. A mentor helps.




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