It takes literally hours to make enough critted food for an adequate stockpile or to sell on the AH. People don't really buy the non-crit foods, and for not enough to make it worth while if they did. Considering the amount of time it takes from farming ingredients to cooking the item.
Could we please make bulk items more than 5? Perhaps 25-50?
The whole cooking time sink isn't really necessary. It adds ZERO enjoyment to the game.