I was wrestling my huge stockpot my parents got us for the Christmas coming up in the sink. The thing is huge! Big enough to process enough casserole to fill 5 pans for the oven. One of the things we do when we help mom and dad butcher chickens and ducks is cook down the left over bits and make stock, which I will be canning some of later today; we only have maybe 20-30 gallons. And we take the cooked chicken or duck meats and make them into pre-prepped meals that we can freeze to take out and enjoy later. These are perfect for the days we just roll out of bed late and don’t have time to cook dinner before I go to work.
So I’m trying to wash this stock pot. It holds 22 quarts, so that gives you an idea of how big it is. There is water on the floor, the counters, me. The Hubs says, oh I usually rinse that thing in the bathtub. Damn, why didn’t I think of that? As I’m swearing and wrangling, I remember this article I saw online the other day. It talked about the 10 trends in home renovations that were going out of style. It was a cautionary article- don’t do these things to your home if you ever want to sell it. As you may or may not know, sometime in the future, who knows when, the Hubby and I want to move to a bigger plot of land. We want enough space to raise cows and pigs, have multiple gardens, have an orchard, put a huge workshop up for him to craft his knives and of course, have chickens. We want to be far enough away from any neighbors, that the thought of mowing our property isn’t at the front of any of their minds. So when we talk about things we want to do to the house, we have to factor in what might be a turn-off for many homebuyers. We aren’t putting up a really nice sturdy chicken house and run because enough people would look at it and think about the amount of work it might be to tear it down, for example. One of the trends the article mentioned was farmhouse sinks in the kitchen, and really that made me stop to think. There is this thing we do where people see what is typically a utilitarian tool and make it cute and fashionable, then market it to people who would never use the original incarnation. I would love to have a huge, usable, stainless steel or copper (like I could afford that) farmhouse sink. A sink where I could feasibly wash this stockpot, or clean up chicken before it is packaged and frozen, or rinse off a sink full of apples or pears waiting to be made into pear butter or a jam. But we decided against installing one; what if the house takes forever to sell because people see my usable, working kitchen as not chic enough? Not fashionable? Oh, wow, these people have not looked through a magazine since the ’90s, ewww a farmhouse sink?? So last season. And it irritated me to my unfashionable core. The real reason for a large farmhouse sink isn’t because it’s cute or “in”; it’s so we can get work done around here! Crazy fashion forward people ruin it for the rest of us. Maybe when we redo the kitchen, because it does need it, I will throw caution to the wind and put in a nice, big, usable, unfashionable, our kitchen is never photo shoot ready because we work here farmhouse kitchen sink! I mean, come on! Just this week alone, I have made a huge pot of chicken vegetable soup, mustard was made and canned, spices were ordered and organized, and my handsome Husband cooked down duck fat and clarified it to make duck fat ghee. For fashionable foodies the world around, ghee is fancy schmancy. Maybe I will tell them the beautiful clear-golden color was only attainable because of the farmhouse sink when we go to sell the house. Think that will work?