I was never taught how to cook. It took me years to get comfortable enough to even try making something that wasn’t premade. Our early years of marriage consisted of the same meals over and over again, the top four being frozen salisbury steak, frozen chicken patties, spaghetti with either jarred sauce or butter. As I started to actually read recipes and learn a little about cooking I started different rules being mentioned. There are a lot of them! I cannot be alone in saying that I break some of these rules all of the time. Here’s the ones that quickly come to mind.
Eggs over easy
I’m just going to say it. I cannot make eggs over easy. They are one of hubby’s favorites so I have tried many times over the years. Truth be told, in over 30 years I have only successfully made an egg over easy three times. Yes, that’s 3. I’ve tried cooking on lower temps, tried different spatulas, tried flipping and all sorts of other ideas. My yolk breaks almost every time.
Butter – salted vs unsalted
I don’t much care for unsalted butter so I rarely use it. In my mind it sort of works out though, since I don’t add salt while cooking then if I’m using salted butter the recipe gets a little there.
Raw refrigerated cookie dough
Yes please. I know it’s not good for you but it just tastes good.
Beautiful food photos make me back away. They sort of intimidate me. I like recipes and photos where the food looks real, not like a dish you had to go to culinary school to know how to make.
Always Boil Pasta in a Large Pot of Water
You will almost always find me boiling pasta in about 2 quarts of water.
Don’t overcrowd the pan
I don’t even know why you’re not supposed to overcrowd a pan. Anyway. I tend to fill the pan right up. Two pans? That’s unlikely unless I am cooking two things as I don’t want to wash more pans.
Salting the pasta water
I know you’re supposed to add a really good amount of salt to the water when boiling pasta. I haven’t in years, since I stopped cooking with salt back when I lived at home with my parents and diabetic grandma.
Cooking on low
I don’t cook most things on low. I am a tad impatient and inevitably wind up cooking things somewhere between medium and high depending on the food and the dish.
Cooking low and slow
I will not cook something in a slow cooker on low for 8 hours when I can cook it on high for a lot less time. I just don’t have the patience.
Follow the recipe
For baking I always follow the rules, as I am not confident about baking from scratch. For everything else I’m sort of on both sides of the fence. If using someone else’s recipe for the first time I do follow the recipe. After that I may and usually will make adjustments and experiment.
Clean as you go
I generally don’t clean as I go, since I try to make my recipes come together in as little time as possible. I will stop to rinse or wash a cooking utensil if I need it again but other than that I prefer to just keep on cooking in my groove and worry about cleaning up later.
Use “prep” bowls
I try not to use tons of bowls when cooking. And yes it’s exactly why you think – I don’t want to wash more then I have to.
Don’t use dented or dinged cans
When buying canned goods I do check the condition of the can. If there’s a small ding I will usually look for another can tht doesn’t have a ding. If it’s the last can I will likely use it anyway. Growing up I was always told not to buy dented, bloated cans. There’s a difference between a tiny ding and a big dent.
Use the right knife
I think block knife sets should come with labels. I don’t know what some of the knives are for. I always wind up either using a knife that I really like the feel or grip of or a knife that I like the way it cuts.
Don’t use oil when cooking pasta
I have always used a very small amount of oil when cooking pasta. As a teen I remember hearing it kept the pasta from sticking together. Since my pasta hasn’t really every stuck together I have to presume it’s worked.
Use a garbage bowl
I refuse to give myself something else to wash. Instead I put a paper plate on the counter for things that need to go into the trash, such as egg shalls, trimmed fat, etc.
Do you have a cooking truth to share?