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Do You Cook?

As teenagers, we are at an age where we have to take on more adult responsibilities; we should begin to learn how to cook so that we can take care of ourselves. (Picture by Pixabay)

As teenagers, we are at an age where we have to take on more adult responsibilities; we should begin to learn how to cook so that we can take care of ourselves. (Picture by Pixabay)

As teenagers, we are at an age where we have to take on more adult responsibilities; we should begin to learn how to cook so that we can take care of ourselves. (Picture by Pixabay)

As teenagers, we are at an age where we have to take on more adult responsibilities; we should begin to learn how to cook so that we can take care of ourselves. (Picture by Pixabay)

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Ages 15-18 are crucial times in everyone’s lives. Teenagers start taking on more responsibilities in school and at home. During high school, we begin to think about turning 18 and moving out, but we don’t think about the important aspects of being on our own, such as cooking. There are many teens who lack knowledge of this simple necessity.  

“I don’t know how to cook. I know it will be important later in my life. I think that it will teach independence to anyone who learns how to do it; it will also prepare us for when we leave the house. When you move out of the house and have a family, you will need to be able to cook and be independent,” says sophomore Maddie Gagne.

Some students think they will be content with microwaved pizzas and ramen when they leave home, but the taste of pizza rolls and chicken flavored noodles will eventually grow old. The importance of cooking begins with the fact that we need to be able to feed ourselves healthy meals.

“We need to be able to feed ourselves, so we can have a healthy and balanced diet. When you go out to eat, there is so much extra fat that you don’t know about, so, if you cook, then you will know exactly what is going into your food, and you can control that. Usually at home, I am in charge of my own dinner.  I don’t like leftovers, so I learned how to cook things for myself,” says sophomore Emily Mages.

There are some people who want to put off learning how to cook until they actually move, but then they must learn by themselves. Other teens want to learn early and are in the process of furthering their knowledge about food and cooking.

“Cooking isn’t a complete necessity for our age group right now, but, by the time we get to college, we need to know how to cook; that’s why I decided to learn so early. It isn’t that bad once you know what you are doing. In fact, it is actually fun, and I enjoy it a lot. Some people our age don’t even know how to heat things up, and I think that they should at least know how to do that,” says sophomore Kylee Jones.

Should teens already know how to cook? Is it the perfect time to start learning? What is the best age to learn how to prepare food? Everyone grows up with different families in different situations, so the answers to these questions vary. However, in this day and age, it’s becoming more common for people to believe that learning to cook should start at a young age. Even the ones who have yet to learn how to cook have these beliefs.

“I don’t know how to cook yet, but I do think that people our age should know how to do it. It will be really important later in our lives. We will have to know how to cook when we get to college, so we should start learning now. I don’t know when I will learn but it will be before I move out,” says sophomore Carson Paris.

Cooking has always been important in society, and teens today should know how to make some meals. Teens who move out without obtaining any knowledge about cooking will not be able to make nutritious meals for themselves or their future family and friends. Today’s young adults are used to having everything handed to them, but that will not be the case when they grow up and have a family of their own.

“I plan on learning to cook sometime soon, but I have never really had the desire to because I am not pressured to do it. I don’t think that teenagers really have to know much about it yet, but we should learn at some point. Cooking won’t be that important to us until we move out and go to college or start making our own families,” says sophomore Rileigh Sawyer.

Teens could be doing small things in the kitchen to help their parents prepare meals. Even though they aren’t actually cooking, they are taking a small step in learning about the art of cuisine. By doing this, they can pick up on how to do the things in the kitchen.

“I started baking at about six, and then I started actually cooking at about eight. Kids should learn early how to prepare their meals. You don’t really have to know-know about cooking at that age, but you should be in the kitchen helping your parents with what they need to do; you could do small things like cutting up cucumbers,” says Mages.

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