You'll never learn how to cook by following recipes

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I learned how to cook by following recipes

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      No, you didn't.

      You learned how to follow recipes.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >Follow recipe 3 times
        >Cook recipe from memory
        >Change ingredient quantities to learn their taste and effect
        >Add new ingredients/substitute to make a dish your own
        >Cook your own dish
        It's not that hard to understand.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Tweaking a recipe is not cooking.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous
          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Nice bait

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      This.
      I reuse ingredient combos for things like breading or a sauce from other recipes and use them for my own.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Define "learn to cook"?
    By following recipes I learn recipes I can make. That's cooking. I learned what spices and herbs are used with certain foods, ways you can prepare food, what side dishes are used and how to make some sauces.
    Is that cooking?

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    If you cook a dish, you'll never learn how to cook it

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Exactly.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    If you cook and don't post fast food threads, you don't know how to cook

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You'll never really learn how to cook unless you spend time working in a professional kitchen - where you follow recipes.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >professional kitchen
      >where you follow recipes.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Thanks for the thoughtful reply, anon! I will be more than happy to clarify. You see, many home cooks consider "knowing how to cook" to mean being presented with a handful of ingredients and being able to turn them into something edible without a recipe. This is of course an admirable skill, and one that can be a lot of fun in professional settings such as Chopped or Iron Chef or just coming up with a special in a restaurant. It's also something that most mom's learn how to do out of necessity, but if you've known any mothers you'd know that while they can keep a family from starving, the results aren't always something to write home about.

        No, really learning how to cook means learning how to follow a recipe. Not just once or twice, but hundreds of times consistently. There are always variables with food, and in a restaurant setting those are multiplied exponentially. What you have to learn how to do is make the recipe under any circumstances. What this means is that you have to understand WHY certain things work or are done a certain way, and be able to work out quick solutions and TASTE. You follow recipes in restaurant kitchens, but you always taste. People don't realize that tasting food is a huge part of working in a kitchen. People always say the reason restaurant food tastes better is because of all the butter and salt, but that's stupid. In reality, the difference is that professionals know how to taste.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          If you think people in professional kitchens follow recipes, you are very mistaken.

          No one measures anything, you do it all by eye and feel, no one uses a probe or a thermometer, that's why sometimes the degree of doneness can vary. Etc.

          Not even bakeries follow recipes all that precisely because the level of moisture in the flour can vary, so how much water you add needs to be felt. Even how much yeast you need will depend on the weather.

          etc. .

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I can't tell you how many times I've had to fix things because the new thought to himself, "I've made this a few dozen times at this point, I don't need to go grab something to measure out 2oz of whatever." Some proportions are more important than others, and of course anything done in large scale should be measured.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >Not even bakeries follow recipes all that precisely because the level of moisture in the flour can vary, so how much water you add needs to be felt. Even how much yeast you need will depend on the weather.
            That's complete bullshit we did all kinds of shit to ensure the humidity of our ingredients was stable to the point of buying flour months ahead of when we used it

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    When I want to learn a new dish, I look up a bunch of recipes for that dish, read them and notice the differences, and notice what stays mostly the same.
    The things that stay mostly the same across all recipes for that dish, I use as a guide.
    I learn the fundamentals from recipes then just build upon them as I cook.

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I don't need to learn how to cook it isn't the 1800s
    as long as I have internet and a grocery store I can make anything by watching a video on it

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Now is not the time for experimenting. That comes later

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Ding, ding, ding. This is so damned correct. Any drug-addict, illegal immigrant, ex-felon can follow a recipe. A cook knows technique and how flavors work. A cook can look at the fridge/cupboard and figure out a great meal using what's on hand. Learn technique first.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I love him so much.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Any drug-addict, illegal immigrant, ex-felon can follow a recipe
      Maybe if it came off the back of a hamburger helper box, even then the immigrant would have trouble.

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Agreed, following recipes is like learning guitar exclusively through tabs

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I did. Once I learnt how to cook a meal properly, what ingredients and cooking methods make what flavors and textures, it allowed me to experiment and tweak the recipe to my own liking.

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