• Fri, Sep 14 2012

Video: June Shannon Shows Us How To Make ‘Sketti’ The Honey Boo Boo Way

On the latest episode of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Mama June Shannon treats us to a little down home cookin’ by sharing her very special recipe for “sketti” noodles.

As it turns out, sketti noodles are not that different from regular noodles, but instead of tomato sauce, June makes a much cheaper and more nutritious version out of Country Crock butter and ketchup. Adorably, she invites Alana/Honey Boo Boo to get on her step stool and “help,” even though sketti requires minimal labor to make. When she tells her it’s an old family recipe, it’s amusing (because sketti is awful) but also kind of touching, because she’s clearly trying to make what is actually poor people food seem special to her daughter.

Briana Rognlin at Blisstree thinks it’s incredibly effed up to watch these people eat sketti and not do anything about it, but if we’re looking at reality TV as a genuine document of someone’s real life (as Here Comes Honey Boo Boo seems unique in being), you’re not allowed to tamper with that which is being observed. By the end of the show, I’m sure June Shannon will have received hundreds of letters telling her how to feed her family more healthily on the cheap, and maybe she’ll listen. But the “reality” is that millions of people are living this way right now in America, and I think it holds at least a little bit of redeeming social value to shove it in people’s faces, rather than pushing it under the rug.

And as for the nutritional content of sketti? I honestly don’t think it’s that much worse than spaghetti made with regular store bought sauce. As someone who obsessively reads labels, I can tell you that most sauce consists of oil, tomatoes, and high fructose corn syrup, and that’s basically what this is, give or take a little lypocene. It’s probably not a good idea to eat sketti for dinner every night, but the show also doesn’t say that they do. In fact, as a huge fan of ketchup on everything, I think I might even try it out for myself the next time my roadkill supply dries up.

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  • Briana Rognlin

    Thanks for the link! But…I’m not saying that TLC should be acting as nutrition coach for Mama June. I agree that it’s good to see what “poor people food” is really like. I just think it’s kind of sad that most people are either laughing at them for being gross/trashy, or suggesting that they’re stupid not to spend their money on healthier food (because obviously, people only ever get fat because they’re stupid…).

    Also: Good point about the spaghetti sauce!

  • PEE”D off

    I never thought I’d comment on this, but here I go. KNOWN FACT Carbohydrates are CHEAP…that’s why so many stores offer ramen noodles.
    Spaghetti is a cheaper food to eat with ground beef or chuck. TLC did not show the finished sketti and it probably was very good to June’s girls and husband, they were eating it up. But this is reality people! Folks have to eat this way sometimes when money gets low and the stupid welfare system in that county only want to separate and pull families apart over stupid stuff and false reports.
    I’m glad they showed this on TLC because it does show the poverty in America that the majority of white people do have to face in the south. I mean wash your hands before you judge, wash your mouth out too before you make a comment while driving to work in the morning while a lot of Wilkinson County people need and seek better jobs that are already educated ….and most of these job seekers, if they are lucky have to go back to school and get more education while the uneducated government officials continue to raise taxes and hire dummies….And by the time a person from Wilkinson County decides to go back to school to further their education, they end up relocating because they do not want to fool wih this poverty stricken county ran by a bunch of uneducated government officials.
    It cost a family of 5 when shopping at the local county grocery stores $500 to eat healthy food. June isn’t couponing for entertainment, it takes MONEY.
    Mike and June are doing the best they can for their girls, so back off until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. Sick of you critical embarassed christian folk trying to run your mouths about somethng you know nothing about, living poor!!!
    June, you should write a cook book for folks that are poverty strickened that can benefit feeding their families…times are hard and they are getting harder!