Apparently, the fact that I hate to cook and have embraced using a crock pot as a way of dealing with this, makes me lazy. One “Family Man” over in the comments at Modern Feminist Mystique (Note: It’s a commenter not Ms. MFM who made the statement) said that my use of a crock pot was a “lazy excuse” rather than exactly what it is, a way of dealing with the fact that I hate to cook but love to eat.
A paradox to be sure.
I love food. I love to experience the tastes and textures. I love the layering of flavor and the way a good meal satisfies you body and mind. I just don’t want to spend three hours cooking it.
In her post, MFM is taking the stand point that cooking is a duty. I happen to agree. However, the last time I checked being born female didn’t immediately translate into me having the “love to cook” gene. I don’t like cooking. I don’t like being in the kitchen for long periods of time. Also, as I get older not only do I have greater and more varied responsibilities, but I also find my patience level dropping.
My answer to a very real need to feed my family healthy food – my SO is severely diabetic and I’m epileptic which means we both need a low glycemic, healthy diet to manage our respective issues – was to embrace crock pot cooking.
First, there are real health benefits to cooking food for longer periods at lower temperatures. Food is more tasty and tender. The nutrients remain intact.
In addition to the health benefits, you can save time and money as well as use your time more effectively.
Yesterday, I prepared a smoked brisket for my family that took 10 hours to cook. I cleaned the veggies, made the sauce, and got everything going in about 30 minutes. During that next ten hours, I put in a full-days work, spent several hours editing my next book, did laundry, cleaned my bathroom, walked my dogs on three separate occasions, spent time relaxing with my family, checked my daughter’s homework, and did a little personal reading.
Which activity should I have sacrificed in order to more “actively” cook?
I fail to see how by using a crock pot I am being lazy. If anything, I’d say I’m much more efficient and effective and I’m not sacrificing either time with my family or their nutritional needs.
Needless to say, that comment truly pissed me off.