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He made his own sandwich ... and it cost him 6 months, $1,500

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Do you sometimes decide to bypass the deli and just make your own sandwich?

Twin Cities native Andy George made that decision.

But when he decides to make something, George isn't fooling around. (He's the host of a new TV show called "How to Make Everything.")

George grew the vegetables for his sandwich. He harvested the wheat to make the bread. Milked a cow and made the cheese ... extracted oil from the sunflowers he grew by using a home-made press ... flew to the coast to collect ocean water and boil down the salt.

And he documented all of it in a series of videos he posted to YouTube.

In the end, George calculated that his sandwich – and his lesson in understanding where food comes from and how much it really costs – consumed more than $1,500 and six months of his time.

For a sandwich that he ultimately declared was "not bad."

But even if the taste of that sandwich was only okee-doke, its aftertaste lives on.

As Fortune points out, George realized:

"This really just shows the complexity of our society that just to make a sandwich from scratch there’s an entire army of people specialized in producing each of these ingredients, allowing them to be readily available to us just down the street at the local grocery store, reducing the time from six months to six minutes."

George tells The Guardian killing the chicken that went into the sandwich was his least favorite part of the process. His favorite was milking the cow – who was friendly but also carried the danger of "the death kick."

He also tells The Guardian the experience has given him a new respect for his food and made him want to not waste any of it.

City Pages reported this summer that George's self-taught lesson in how to make a sandwich was originally a documentary but became the pilot for his new TV show, which airs in the Twin Cities on KSTC.

Perhaps you'll catch an episode at your local deli.

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