Jamie Oliver Is Confused By The Poor

Jamie Oliver (net worth estimated at £150 million) is confused by the poor. Why on earth would they shell out cash for a big screen TV instead of organic produce? We can’t imagine.

“I’m not judgmental,” he told Radio Times magazine in the universal code for being judgmental, “but I’ve spent a lot of time in poor communities, and I find it quite hard to talk about modern-day poverty.”

Sure, so do we. It totally sucks that it’s cheaper to buy an 8-pack of factory hot dogs than like, an avocado. But Jamie went on to condemn what the poor do choose to spend their money on, which, judgey:

“You might remember that scene in Ministry Of Food, with the mum and the kid eating chips and cheese out of Styrofoam containers, and behind them is a massive f***ing TV. It just didn’t weigh up.

The fascinating thing for me is that seven times out of 10, the poorest families in this country choose the most expensive way to hydrate and feed their families. The ready meals, the convenience foods.

Some of the most inspirational food in the world comes from areas where people are financially challenged.

The flavour comes from a cheap cut of meat, or something that’s slow-cooked, or an amazing texture’s been made out of leftover stale bread…

You go to Italy or Spain and they eat well on not much money. We’ve missed out on that in Britain, somehow.”

Yes, if you’re playing the long game, it’s totally cheaper to buy individual ingredients and cook meals with them from scratch. But if you don’t understand how to use leftovers, or repurpose ingredients that work together into new meals, you wind up throwing away a lot of usable scraps. It might be less painful to shell out the extra pennies for a Lean Cuisine, knowing you’re going to eat the whole thing, than throw away those several dollar bunches of leftover herbs you couldn’t do anything with after your last elaborately executed pasta sauce. Don’t hate; educate, homes.

[Yahoo News]

  • KWDragon

    Not to mention, Mr. Oliver, that it takes quite a bit of time to prepare those inexpensive cuts of meat, or to chop up the fresh veggies. While it is wonderful that you have this time to cook and commune with your family, many people are just too tired after their second or third consecutive shift to do all of that. And the TV? Those are becoming less expensive and is often the only entertainment these people and their children have. You would begrudge them that?

  • tctw

    And there you have it, the soft bigotry of low expectations from Ms. Mosthof and KWDragon: the working class and poor are too uneducated (stupid) and too busy (lazy) to cook proper meals.

    Ms. Mosthof: “It totally sucks that it’s cheaper to buy an 8-pack of factory hot dogs than like, an avocado.”

    Patently false unless you are buying the cheapest 12 oz pack of hotdogs on sale and organic avocados from your food snob grocery store. And comparing avocados to hotdogs is like comparing, well, hotdogs to avocados. There is no comparison either nutritionally or functionally. You get far more nutritionally from a pack of hotdogs than one avocado, and how many more meals can you get from a pack of hotdogs than an avocado? One hotdog on a bun with a side of vegetables or a piece of fruit will give you 8-10 nutritional meals for under a dollar each. How many meals are you going to get from your avocado?

    “But if you don’t understand how to use leftovers…”

    This has to be one of the most patronizing things I have read on this website. “Don’t understand how to use leftovers?” Really? You really believe people don’t know what to do with leftovers? How about zip lock bags, airtight plastic containers, refrigerating or freezing, then reheating to eat at a later date. There is your education.

    “It might be less painful to shell out the extra pennies for a Lean Cuisine…”

    The people Mr. Oliver was talking about aren’t eating Lean Cuisine. In his “Food Revolution” there wasn’t a Lean Cuisine meal to be seen in West Virginia, but then you know that. Conflating the two is blatantly dishonest.

    “Don’t hate; educate, homes.”

    He doesn’t; he has, and he continues to work tirelessly to help people change their behavior. What have you done to solve the problem other than write snarky comments about those who are?

    KWDragon wrote: “…it takes quite a bit of time to prepare those inexpensive cuts of meat, or to chop up the fresh veggies.”

    Not really. Chop up an onion, carrot, celery (big pieces are ok, we don’t want people spending precious TV time dicing vegetables), a couple of tomatoes (if a person is too lazy or too busy to chop the tomatoes just cut them in half), throw it in a crock pot with a beef shank or hanger steak cover with water. Done. What will it take them, all of 15 minutes?

    Google “10 Minute Meals” and see how many hits there are. If 10 minutes is too long to cook a meal, google “5 minute meals”.

    Please, stop enabling people in their poor lifestyle choices with your inane excuses.

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