How long is it since you looked through your cook ware? I mean really looked! It’s surprising how we keep things that we don’t use or need year after year. Or, on the other hand we have things that are so worn and discoloured that they should have gone out with the garbage long ago.
I recently visited a friend and needed something in one of the kitchen drawers. I tried to open the draw but it wouldn’t budge. It was with great difficulty that I got it open. The problem was, it was jammed packed full of old trays, cake tins, and pans. I wouldn’t use them if I needed one. These are years old, taking up space and just gathering dust. It made me think about going home and check my own cookware.
Remember when you began putting your first kitchen together. Maybe you had lots of gifts from a wedding shower managing to equip your kitchen with everything you needed and more. Or maybe you had a few make shift left over’s from family and friends. Like anything in life our needs change over time and so do our tastes.
We strive for the bigger home to bring up our family. For those that like to cook the bigger the kitchen, the more cookware the better we like it. When we are young and beginning our domesticated lives we add more and more to our homes. Let’s be honest having a family usually means lots of cooking and entertaining.
As we age and our families leave home we find it’s time to start making a number of lifestyle changes. It’s a time when we may want to travel more or pursue interests that we have put on hold while raising our families.
There are those that have had and enjoyed a large house and garden that provided the needed space for their growing family. Now the nest is empty they may be feeling that they have put enough of their time, energy and money into maintaining this home for long enough. They are ready to downsize. They want something more manageable and low maintenance. This will allow them the time and funds to pursue travel, learn to paint, or perfect their golf swing; which is doable when practicing with the Medicus golf swing trainer As we get even older there is also the challenge of physically being capable of maintaining a large home and garden.
For others that have been so busy in their careers, they have had little time to pursue their passion of gardening, cooking or whatever their interest is. They welcome the opportunity to finally have the time to enjoy their home based special interests. Some love to cook and entertain especially as they reach their 50’s and over. Many find it increasingly difficult to find suitable places to go for a social life once they reach their 50’s. They often find entertaining friends and family in their homes far more appealing.
One particular couple I know, after they retired they turned their modest home into a beautiful oasis. The husband’s passion is gardening. He had spent many years at a high stress job in the justice system. During that time his form of relaxation was to lose himself in his garden. After he retired he transformed their large garden into a relaxing Zen like park with a huge variety of colourful plants, flowers, and garden water fountains. His wife a retired school teacher loves to cook. They spent some of their retirement savings on creating the kitchen of her dreams. This time she did not have to make do, so after doing the product research and checking out the cookware reviews, she equipped her kitchen with the best cookware. She got out the cookbooks that she had rarely had chance to use, dusted them off and now cooks till her heart’s content. She cooks the most fabulous gourmet meals, and superb deserts. This is a couple that know how to follow their passion while not going far from home.
Often if there are just one or two people at home our cooking skills tend to be little used. We may prefer to spend our time doing other things rather than cooking. However, most of us know the value of preparing our own meals. As we get older it’s even more important that we pay attention to our health. Cooking healthy meals is a big part of this. Some of the healthiest and easiest ways to cook a meal when you don’t want a lot of preparation is with a casserole, or an electric wok. Several of my friends and I find this an excellent way to cook tasty low fat meals. It’s so handy to have everything cooking in one piece of cookware. As with most purchases it pays to get a quality product especially when it’s something that will last you a long time.
Shirley Price lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She is the author of a social website called LifeByDesignOver50. It’s a place for the over 50s to come together and share interests and ideas. As a mum of 3 and a grandmother Shirley has done her fair share of cooking-now she’s happy when others cook for her.