Last Thursday I gave a controversial assignment as part of Week Two of The Kitchn Cure
: I asked you to pitch your processed foods.
And the questions started rolling in about what, exactly, processed foods are?
Processed food is basically food that has been changed from its natural state for the sake of shelf life and safety, or for the sake of convenience. It all started when in the late 19th century, thanks to the invention of the refrigerator to keep food, and the train to transport it across great distances, we began to believe that we deserved to have food that lasted longer than when it was plucked from the earth, or caught running across our property.