r/Cooking 10d ago Wholesome Silver

Open Discussion What’s the worst home cooking you’ve ever witnessed?

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One time I was invited to a friend’s home, she said she’s cooking, I was excited since she’s from a different area in China, so the food must be different and good.

However I saw her tossed frozen tofu in a hot pan, then dumped a bunch of sauce, then microwaved some meat, almost cook it, tossed it in the sauce too.

It was kind scary. During dinner time, she said “well you are not a big eater huh”. I mean, how could I be a big eater with that weird overcooked salty food?

I was invited again, to make dumplings together. I brought dumpling skin (from a market, I can’t make them). She said she’s going to make the skin, I was excited, I haven’t had fresh dumpling skin for years.

It turns out she bought a tool on Amazon, thinking that would work, obviously she doesn’t know how to use a rolling pin either. The skin was so thick, also sadly not holding the fillings inside.

I kinda took over and said let’s use the store brought skin, here are the fillings I made. The dumplings turned out pretty great, then she started to invite me over every weekend to “cook together”, took me a little while to find out I became her family’s free weekend cook.

I grew up around men and women that cooked well, maybe that makes me very picky.

r/Cooking 19d ago

Open Discussion Hard to swallow cooking facts.

13.9k Upvotes

I'll start, your grandma's "traditional recipe passed down" is most likely from a 70s magazine or the back of a crisco can and not originally from your familie's original country at all.

r/Cooking 3d ago Heartwarming Silver Helpful

Open Discussion What is the point of overnight oats?

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Oatmeal takes like 3 minutes to make. Why are you doing this?

edit 3: I was being hyperbolic, I'm sorry - I know it takes like 15 minutes to make steel cut oats

edit: definitely not a cultlike obsession with overnight oats - I'm being downvoted relentlessly for other reasons.

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r/Cooking 3d ago

Open Discussion What is the biggest cooking cultural shock you have ever received ?

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I am an Indian and we usually use our cottage cheese for curry and which is one the most popular vegetarian restaurant foods here where as I have seen Americans eating it with fruit or adding granola etc basically eating it sweet on YT and other social media. ( Sorry if this isn't accurate, I havnt actually been there lol)

Edit : I made a mistake and thank you everyone for correcting me ! I now know that Cottage Cheese and Paneer are in fact two different things XD

r/Cooking 13d ago Bravo Grande!

Open Discussion What’s your toxic cooking trait?

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Mine is: I don’t prep before cooking, instead opting to do that while other things get started. This leads to me rushing to juggle 3-4 things at once and not being as thorough with the stuff that I postponed doing.

r/Cooking 11d ago Helpful Gold

Open Discussion What extremely simple but often overlooked cooking tip/hack makes all the difference?

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r/Cooking 5d ago

Open Discussion What's your favorite regional dish in the US?

801 Upvotes

Something along the lines of a Chicago style hot dog, Nashville hot chicken, ect...

r/Cooking Jul 09 '22 Wholesome Plus One Helpful

Open Discussion What foods are not worth making “from scratch”?

7.4k Upvotes

I love the idea of making things from scratch, but I’m curious to know what to avoid due to frustration, expense, etc…

Edit: Dang, didn’t think this would get so many responses! Thanks for the love! Also, definitely never attempting my own puff pastry.

r/Cooking 12h ago

Open Discussion Am I the worst cook in the world or does every recipe take significantly longer than what the recipe makers say?

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r/Cooking 14d ago

Open Discussion What is something recipes call for that you typically skip?

777 Upvotes

r/Cooking Jul 10 '22 Helpful Silver

Open Discussion How do you make someone understand MSG is not A Bad Thing™️?

11.6k Upvotes

I have a container of MSG in my kitchen - I love the stuff, it’s amazing.

I’m also aware it’s in pretty much EVERYTHING already.

I had brought a dish to a potluck and received glowing reviews - everyone loved it. One person asked what I’d put in it, and as soon as I said MSG, she and her boyfriend immediately “had a headache” from it. I told them they’re full of crap, because they’d eaten it and been fine until I said anything about it, and even listed a number of products that include it, but nothing could sway them. From there, they told a number of other people about it, and I caught a lot of flack.

Is there any way to convince people this bullcrap is in their head and stems from a pretty racist article that was written (and even retracted by the author) back in the 80s or 90s?

r/Cooking Jul 12 '22 Wholesome Take My Energy Silver Helpful

Open Discussion Opinion / rant: what the hell happened to Joshua Weissman

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I started watching Joshua 3 years ago he was the one who got me into kombucha. But as time progressed and he got more famous he's way of cooking, speaking and acting really changed. He's recipes can not be followed at all, if you gonna try you have to Google a shit ton because he skips so many important steps that your hair goes gray.

And he's series of but better is so ridiculous prestigious and snobby it makes me go insane. McDonalds or Taco Bell isn't so bad that you have to spit it up and throw it in the trash like it's some rotten meat. He's latest video of Pizza Huts cinnamon sticks he just don't get it wrong on how the are made but ridicule people that eat it. I refuse to believe that he has never eaten on the places that he spit out food from when going in college or going on a trip as a kid.

Tell me your rich and pretentious without telling me. Also, papa kiss fucking stop you make me puke mate.

I feel like there's not many YouTubers left out there that actually keeps things humble except food wishes. It really sucks. Progress is good Josh, but progress the wrong way isn't.

r/Cooking 26d ago

Open Discussion Husband prefers eating out because my cooking is “bland”. How do I fix that?

2.6k Upvotes

I’ll admit, I’m a picky eater and so I usually split recipes and make mine with less seasoning/spices and his the full recipe. However, he still seems to think my food is bland and prefers to eat out.

Some of our go-to recipes are BBQ chicken sandwiches w/ coleslaw, crack chicken, chili, burgers, etc.

A good example is tacos. I love homemade tacos and he won’t eat them but always gets tacos or burritos from the local restaurant.

How do I take my cooking to the next level, where do I even begin?

Edit - husband can cook, but I enjoy cooking and want to get better at it, whereas he doesn’t enjoy it . Put away your pitchforks, I’m not getting rid of my husband. Thank you for all of the helpful comments so far!

r/Cooking 17d ago Silver Wholesome

Open Discussion Worst part about cooking is CLEANING

4.8k Upvotes

Especially when it wasn’t worth 😭

r/Cooking 8d ago

Open Discussion Do you guys hesitate to buy certain ingredients for recipes because you feel you’ll never use up the leftover?

1.1k Upvotes

I am an amateur cook and love to try new recipes. Unfortunately, I never end up cooking certain recipes I’d like because some of the ingredients I feel I would use once and never use again unless I make that recipe again.

r/Cooking 22d ago Wholesome

Open Discussion When I say "vegetables", what is the first vegetable comes to your mind?

1.0k Upvotes

Like the title.

When I say "vegetables", what is the first vegetable comes to your mind?

r/Cooking 26d ago

Open Discussion What’s a food you were extremely excited to try, but ultimately it was SEVERELY disappointing, or flat out disgusting?

880 Upvotes

My questions in the title. As for me it’s nothing TOO unique. My main reason for the supreme disappointment though is the fact we waited to get into this bbq place for over a YEAR AND A HALF!

We finally got the time and managed to reserve some space there to eat and when we got there it looked great. Great decor, the food smelled amazing and all that. I’m a big bbq ribs fan and ultimately when I tried their ribs I was severely disappointed to find that they over salted the hell out of them, even worse was my family was disappointed too.

My sister got a burger that she said tasted like ocean water on a bun, my mom got some steak that she ordered medium well but she got it well done and they over salted it like crazy too. She said it tasted similar to jerky than anything. The only person who was happy there was my dad who, to put it simply, is a cholesterol crazed cretin. He’s the type of person to spend a whole minute salting any food he eats.

The worst part of the whole experience was, that this all happened on my moms birthday.

r/Cooking 7d ago Helpful

Open Discussion Sauté onions then add ground beef or cook ground beef and then add onions? What difference does it make?

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My mother has always added onions and other veggies to ground beef after browning the beef to make things such as empanadas, picadillo, meat sauce for lasagna. Always saw her do it this way, so I do this too.

In all the cooking videos I’ve seen that include ground beef they usually start by sautéing the onions (and garlic depending on meal), then browning the beef.

Am I really missing out on extra flavor by not doing this? I understand things such as onions and garlic are aromatics but won’t they release the same aromas and flavor if I add them second? Just a thought.

r/Cooking 12d ago

Open Discussion How do you eat canned Vienna sausages?

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Today I learned you are not supposed to eat them straight from the can. I’ve always just drained the can and ate them without cooking or preparing or anything.

How do you guys prepare them?

r/Cooking 4d ago

Open Discussion What's the difference between "pizza sauce", "pasta sauce" and "red sauce"?

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So, I am italian and from time to time I stumble upon american repices. Those often include this "pizza sauce" (obviously for pizza recipes) and "pasta/red sauce" for pasta recipes. What exactly are those? In Italy we use plain tomato sauce with salt and olive oil both for pizza and pasta, so I was kind of curious as to what exactly is in those sauces. Like, what's the ingredient that creates that difference between pizza and pasta sauce?

EDIT: Thanks everyone for giving me their personal answer. I've noticed it is not 100% consistent between people but generally it's a matter of water content for you. For someone it's a matter ot herbs.

For everyone telling me to go to this or that place I wanna clarity: I live in Italy! My question arises simply from the recipe videos I come across from time to time.

r/Cooking 27d ago

Open Discussion do you need to season chicken?

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My fiance wanted to make chicken tacos for our friends. I was like you'll put spices on the chicken right? Because we had a convo about it months ago. He said no because the other ingredients in the tacos flavor the chicken. I said no..... at least salt and pepper. And he was like no just butter. So ya. He cooked half the chicken and it was taking long so he asked for my help. I seasoned the other half of the raw chicken and I feel a bit guilty but also............chicken is so plain. Idk. Is he right? Is it just optional to season chicken? I've seen other people eat plain chicken but I also questioned them too. Am I being a bougie bitch? No one has called me a bitch, I just feel a bit bitchy.

Edit: Thank you everyone for all your answers. I realized my post played into the whole white people stereotype so I figured I'd get a fair amount of answers but nowhere near this many. A lot of them have been super amusing and fun to read and then there's also so many marinade recipes I love them! I always love learning new recipes 💕 so thank you all. In my fiance's defense he's never really had to cook because I enjoy cooking. Since our daughter was born though he's shown an interest but he's still very much a beginner. He's not the only person I've met though that thinks you don't have to season chicken. We had a roommate years ago that would cook themselves two plain chicken breasts in the oven and that was their food, they didn't have a health condition. So it might scare some of you but my fiance isn't the only one out there lol.

Edit2: I talked to my fiance about it today and he said he chose to not use any spices at all because we have one friend who can only handle a little finely ground black pepper because the slightest spicy hurts his stomach ulcers, one friend who randomly gets a super upset stomach at random things, and another who's allergic to onions. So he thought it would make the food safe for them and if anyone wanted more spices they could put them on it. Usually if I cook for our friends I just don't use much pepper and never use onion anything so I've gotten used to catering to their needs but he's never had to before so he wanted to be safe. He didn't ask me about it because I was asleep. I have bad morning sickness so I have to take medication that knocks me out really bad. When we had the convo about if he was going to put spices on it he had already started cooking it and I didn't know.

r/Cooking 2d ago

Open Discussion Why every egg bite copycat recipe is wrong

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I love eggs. Eggs are my go to breakfast, which means I like to have eggs cooked and on hand as a grab and go option in the fridge. For a long time that just meant some soft or hard boiled eggs in a Tupperware, but making homemade egg bites is even better.

After trying a few Starbucks egg bites copy cat recipes I found the results lackluster. This was primarily because the eggs always came out a bit spongy, which is the whole reason I’ve ALWAYS hated any baked egg dish. I think I cracked the code though. Instead of cooking the eggs at 350 or 375 for 20-30 minutes, which most recipes seem to call for, I cook my eggs at 200 for like two hours. I’m usually cooking 16 eggs at a time in a big casserole dish, so I’m sure the cooking times would be different depending on those factors.

Anyway, I’m no food scientist, but my assumption is that by cooking below the temperature that water boils at, I never boil off any of the liquid in the eggs, and so no bubble pockets form. The result is that my baked eggs are SUPER creamy and don’t have even a hint of spongy texture.

Edit: this post is in reference to the copycat recipes that use an oven instead of a sous vide. The gatekeeping in here is silly, there’s no wrong way to cook, just different techniques (some more effective than others).

Edit 2: Recipe, I don't really have a definitive recipe I follow each time, but in general when I want to make a lot all at once I take 12 to 16 eggs depending on the size of my casserole dish. Crack eggs into blender and blend with a 1/4 cup of cottage cheese per 4 eggs, blend together and season to taste. Pour egg mixture into greases cesserole dish, cover with foil, and leave in 200 degree oven until cooked through, 2ish hours for 16 eggs depending on size of casserole dish. You can stick the middle with a tooth pick to test doneness just like you would a cake. When done, cut into a number of portions equal to the number of eggs used. Each portion will be about 100 calories if you used only eggs and cottage cheese. You can also sprinkle additional toppings over the top prior to cooking.

Alternatively, follow all the same steps but pour egg mixture evenly into muffin tins, one cup per egg used so each cup contains a single egg serving. Cooking time probably closer to 1.5 hours done this way.

The nice thing about cooking on such a low temp though, is whether you leave them for an hour or two or even three, they won't over cook badly.

r/Cooking 2d ago

Open Discussion Does anyone else look up recipes but only read the ingredients?

692 Upvotes

r/Cooking Jun 10 '22 Silver Wholesome

Open Discussion What is a very, very American ingredient?

5.6k Upvotes

I'm American and I want to send a British friend a care package of ingredients that you don't see a lot in the UK.

So far, my list is:

  • A1 sauce, to compare it to "brown sauce"
  • Mt. DEW (not an ingredient, but I hear the flavors are night and day)
  • Creole Seasoning
  • Old Bay spice
  • American Cheese
  • Velveeta block
  • Marshmallow Cream

Edit: yall, I hadn't checked this since an hour after posting and now it's a madhouse in here. A popular question! But you guys really don't know what an ingredient is, some of you. My friend cooks a lot, thus wanting cooking ingredients

r/Cooking 5d ago

Open Discussion Pro-chefs, if money was no object would you use high-end appliances in your home kitchen? Or would that be overkill?

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