Built From Scratch

  • aleCcowaN

    Senior Member
    Castellano - Argentina
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    Construido partiendo de nada.

    "from scratch" significa "desde el principio", "desde nada", "desde la materia prima".


    United States
    Well, the tornado utterly destroyed this Carribean village. Not one home is still standing. So, we are going to have to rebuild it from scratch.

    My mom never needs a recipe. She can make anything from scratch.

    That man started his business from scratch, and after just years, he's living on easy street (he's a millionaire).


    Senior Member
    Spanish, Peru
    in the example provided by padredeocho, I find a little problem.
    one person can cook following a recipe AND do it from scratch. for instance, if the recipe calls for orange juice and you don't grab a bottle of premade juice but rather grab the fruit and squeeze it, or if you use fresh tomatoes instead of canned ones, or make your own chicken stock by boiling pieces of the bird with vegetables and spices instead of opening a can or a box of premade chicken stock, when all these ingredients are used in a preparation that follows a recipe, you ARE cooking from scratch, AND you are following a recipe. both are not mutually exclusive.
    maybe padredeocho meant that his mom cooks by following her instinct, inspiration or memory, rather than from scratch.
    comments and suggestions are always welcome.