I'm sure that as I write this a whole lot of people are going to be nodding their heads. But for those who don't, I'll break it down for you - a real man knows how to take raw ingredients and make a full meal. And I do mean "raw". I'm not talking about grabbing a pre-packaged steak at the supermarket, I'm talking about grabbing the entire beef tenderloin, cutting the sliverskin off, and cutting nine steaks off it. Not cutting up bread and rubbing garlic on it, but taking flour, salt, sugar, water, butter and yeast and turning out a loaf or two. Making your own sausage. Jams, jellies, preserves.
Making your own FOOD.
Why do it? Because it's something that everyone needs to know how to do, as you cannot always be guaranteed a supermarket will be nearby. And because if you ever pick up a package of food and read the ingredients, you will invariably find something that you cannot pronounce unless you're a chemistry major, and a whole host more that you just don't want to put into your body.
Look folks, corn syrup is not natural. Your body cannot break it down. High Fructose Corn Syrup is in damn near everything, and it's nasty. You don't need it, I can guarantee that it's not doing you any good, and I can also guarantee that if you're a normal person you're eating absolute SHITLOADS of it without even knowing it.
There's also the fact that making your own food is cheaper. I can make my bratwurst for about $2.00 a pound. Try to buy a pound of brats for two bucks at the store. And my bratwurst tastes better, is healthier for me, and causes my friends to commit homicide for a chance to get some.
Now, what does it take? Time, and a few kitchen implements that you might not already have. If you have a Kitchenaide type stand mixer, you can make sausage, bread, just about anything. We found a meat grinder/sausage stuffer combo on sale, so we picked that up. Any hunting or outdoors supply store will have meat grinders, sausage stuffers, all kinds of utensils you might need. The local Gander Mountain has collagen casing and natural hog casing for sausage as well. Most department stores will have some sort of bread machine if you don't want to actually turn out a loaf by hand. Bread can be frozen if you make a bunch of loaves at once, so I normally do three batches and the Mrs. tosses most of it in the freezer until we need it.
So the next round of Be a Man will focus on food production. I figure it'll be nice to talk about something other than how Obama and his cronies are ruining this country.