When I was about 12 years old, I spent my summer babysitting for a little boy up the street. We didn’t normally cook food but on one particular day, the mom gave me something to cook. I had to ask the little boy where they kept the pots and pans. At my house, we had about 10 different frying pans to choose from, a bunch of the quart size ones, and about 20 in between sizes. There was no shortage of pots and pans. Small ones and big ones. Nice ones and well used ones. I thought everyone had that many pots and pans. It was normal to me.
He told me which cabinet they were in. Cabinet? Just one cabinet? I opened it up and there was only one pan of each size. I remember the day very vividly even though it was a long time ago. It was strange to not have so many choices, almost confusing to me. I asked him where the rest were and he told me that was all they had. Searching through the rest of the cabinets, I was panicking a little bit. When I asked him why they didn’t have more, he asked why they needed more. We cooked a lot more after that and it was nice to know that even though there were only a few pots and pans, it was enough. We didn’t need anymore.
Pots and Pans Everywhere
I remembered this tonight as I looked around my kitchen at all the pots and pans everywhere. Why do we have so many? A lot of them even have teflon flaking off and they should be thrown away. If we only had a couple, there would only be a couple to wash. There wouldn’t be stacks of them. I would be able to put them away instead having to leave them out because they don’t fit in a cabinet.
What about you? Do you have lots of pots and pans? Or just a few? I’m curious to know which is more common.