Let me first start off by saying I’m thankful to be blessed with an abundance of food. That being said, as I become more health conscious I shop more carefully, make more items from scratch, and do more canning and freezing. Some things can’t be rushed, thus food preparation seems to take an increasing amount of time. (Even with time-savers like a food processor and blender.)
Usually I do things in large quantities because if I’m gonna do all the work, may as well make it worth the effort. Certain foods I have to gear up for bec they’re a major production. So here it is.
Soup. I make several kinds from scratch and they’re all time-consuming.
Anything during canning season. Those of you who also can will understand.
Things that make it less dreadful:
Make components in advance. I’ll generally make stock ahead of time. Also freeze leftover meat or chicken so it’s ready to go. Spread prep time over a few days. Prep one day, cook the next day, portion & freeze after that.
Listen to music, books on CD, phone family and friends (altho if prep requires loud noise from exhaust or blender, forget it)
Change environment. While prepping items for canning I generally like to sit outside on the deck. The tranquility is great and I feel less confined to the kitchen.
So while I may not always feel the joy of cooking, there’s joy in knowing I have delicious, healthy food readily available.
Can anyone else relate to this?