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Help please when you have time. - January 29th 2020, 01:32 PM

Hi, this is going to be the dumbest problem ever and I'm sorry I need help.

I've been cooking for about a year and a half on my own. I make all kinds of things, Chili, Enchiladas, Stroganoff ect. My problem is I don't taste the food when I'm cooking. I follow the recipe, when it's time to eat with everyone I don't know what it's going to taste like. I know that I should try it, it's hard for me. How do I get over the fear of trying the food when I'm making it? I just want to be a good cook, my parents and sister's likes the food. I'm not sure what's wrong with me.


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Re: Help please when you have time. - January 29th 2020, 11:43 PM

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What is it about tasting the food that you're scared or worried about?

I'd suggest starting off slow. It isn't the end of the world if you don't try the food as you're making it, but if you want to start doing that, just make sure you're being clean and hygienic the whole time. Make sure everything is cooked through properly (e.g. the chicken isn't red or pink inside), make sure you wash your hands after handling food you're uncertain about and things like that. Understanding more about why you're put off by the idea of trying it would definitely be useful for helping more specifically though!

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Re: Help please when you have time. - January 30th 2020, 10:37 AM

Do you know why you’re scared?
Maybe try slowly to taste a little. It’s not dangerous, I promise





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Re: Help please when you have time. - February 1st 2020, 05:31 AM

Hello there,

I understand that you may feel anxious or fearful of tasting your own food. As the other users have asked, what is it that you are anxious about? If you like, you can use a small spoon or fork to taste the food as your cooking, wash the cutlery and return it back.

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Re: Help please when you have time. - February 2nd 2020, 08:36 PM

I think I get scared because I don't want anything to be horrible. My older sister taught me how to cook and sometimes I feel like I'm not good enough like her. So I get scared to try my food and just want everything that I cook to be good and not horrible. Thank you for you're replies and what you are saying.


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Re: Help please when you have time. - February 2nd 2020, 10:11 PM

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I can understand that! Know that everything takes practice though, even cooking. Nobody is ever good at everything right away, and tasting your food when you're cooking it will help you know when you might want to add seasoning or change the recipe - it's how improvements happen. The fact you're into cooking is already really great - trust me, I know plenty of people a lot older who still struggle to chop an onion! Don't ever be afraid of getting things wrong, we all do sometimes.



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Re: Help please when you have time. - February 2nd 2020, 11:15 PM

Okay for what you are saying and thank you.


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Re: Help please when you have time. - February 3rd 2020, 12:21 AM

You should never taste raw or undercooked food. Always wash your hands between different food preparation steps, especially if it involves uncooked meat; chicken in particular. I think Everglow gave some pretty darn good advice.

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Re: Help please when you have time. - August 14th 2020, 01:15 AM

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It sounds like that you don't want to taste the food when you are making it, right? Are you scared of the food not being the way you want it ? or do you fear that you might have cooked it in the wrong way? My suggestion is that you probably should start to taste small portion of food that can be easily made delicious to boost your confidence first, then you could start to try to taste new and more complex recipes gradually. Never eat raw and unwashed food tho~~
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Re: Help please when you have time. - August 16th 2020, 08:36 AM

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I think I get scared because I don't want anything to be horrible. My older sister taught me how to cook and sometimes I feel like I'm not good enough like her. So I get scared to try my food and just want everything that I cook to be good and not horrible. Thank you for you're replies and what you are saying.
Everyone cooks differently but that doesn't necessarily mean you are a bad cook! As everyone else has mentioned, like with everything, things take time to master.


   
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Re: Help please when you have time. - December 4th 2020, 09:01 PM

Everglow's advice is excellent.

I do a lot off cooking. One important instrument is a meat thermometer to check the meat such as chicken or turkey is cooked all the way through.

You must taste through out the cooking, only seasoning towards teh end.

Never season a steak until it's seared, otherwise the salt will leech out all the flavourful juices. Eggplant needs salting to loose much of its water content.



Tasting is done to check the flavours are correct and the food properly seasoned. Never use a tasting spoon twice, always use a clean one.

Use separate chopping boards for meat, fish and veggies. I should show you how to properly sharpen a cook's knife. (Some other time).

As you cook, so you clean as you go. Makes for good hygene, adds more work space. Run a tight ship. Like me.

When faced with a dawnting recipe, place the ingredients in order as they appear in the recipe. Use ramekins to contain the spices (if any).

If cooking spicy hot flavoured food, err on the frugal as chillies can vary in heat (Scoville Units). Jalapeño peppers hvae a lovely fruity taste, and never touch your face after cutting thems.

If you are cooking Indian food, tame hot flavour by adding coconut milk. Finish a dish with cream for that lovely silky after taste.

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