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Old 08-25-2008, 07:23 AM   #1
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Timing your cooking

When I am not following a recipe, which is most of the time, I noticed that I have stopped paying attention to when I start something, such as; the chicken went on the grill at 7:45, it should be done around 8:30, or, the beans just came to a boil, ten more minutes..... I used to pay attention to cooking times for everything, now I rarely do. I'm not really sure when I stopped, but it came to mind this weekend, especially last night when I was cooking corn on the cob, chicken thighs and thick cut french fries all on the grill from raw to finish. I realized that I paid no attention to when anything was put on, then said to myself, so what?
Maybe it started when I got a grill that was much hotter then my previous ones, so times went out the window. Maybe it started when I adopted a; I'll eat when it's done, attitude, rather than a specific time things had to be done and served. Somewhere along the way I have started cooking by feel, making adjustments along the way to have everything done at once. I'm not really sure if that's good or bad, because it would be nice to have a time associated with how long something takes to cook. Now I would have to consciously make an effort to remember to time something if I wanted to know.

So, who cooks by clock? Who cooks by feel? Is one way better than the other?
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Old 08-25-2008, 07:32 AM   #2
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Depends...

If cooking for a boss...minutes means money!

If cooking at home...You have just crossed the boundry of cook and chef.

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Old 08-25-2008, 07:37 AM   #3
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Oh...PS.

By feel is always better!

Only fast "food" junk marketers go by clock...

To be a real cook you feel the food.

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Old 08-25-2008, 07:45 AM   #4
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Usually by the clock, but not always. Especially when I hear -"What time is dinner " ! Easier for me !
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Old 08-25-2008, 08:28 AM   #5
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I don't time my cooking always, it depends what I am cooking. If it is something that really doesn't need timing, I go by how it looks and feels.
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Old 08-25-2008, 08:36 AM   #6
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I don't use the clock very much. I may look at a clock from time to time to remind myself to check on something so it doesn't over-cook, but that's about it.
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Old 08-25-2008, 08:37 AM   #7
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I wish I had time to time my cooking, but I don't.
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Old 08-25-2008, 08:45 AM   #8
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I think I'm going to start timing my cooking when not following a recipe. I think it's good to go by feel, but somewhere along the way I've lost my time guidelines. I suppose that could happen when you cook for one and it doesn't make any difference when it's done.
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Old 08-25-2008, 09:04 AM   #9
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I just try to start so the food will be on the table at a reasonable time. It's more of an issue when we have guests.
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Old 08-25-2008, 09:22 AM   #10
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I'm not a clock watcher generally... Only if up against a specific service time...then I will think about the menu, and prioritize when certain things need to be started etc.
After that, it is by feel, just knowing, etc. I find a thermometer more useful than a clock.
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