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Old 03-01-2006, 03:20 PM   #1
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Measure or not to measure... that is the question.

I think I am a decent cook. Although, I measure everything. I lack that naturally cook - my dad has it but I don't trust myself enough not to measure.

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Old 03-01-2006, 03:22 PM   #2
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I don't trust myself enough not to measure.
That just comes with time and practice. Try not measuring every once in a while. I bet you will be better at it than you think.
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Old 03-01-2006, 04:09 PM   #3
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When it comes to regular cooking, the only time I measure is when I'm trying out a new recipe and for baking.

Otherwise, the things that I cook on a routine basis, I mainly just eyeball it. Like the time last winter when I made Shephard's Pie for the first time, I just eyeballed everything.


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Old 03-02-2006, 07:51 AM   #4
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Huh, I wish I knew how to mesuare food for the recipe. You are lucky to be doing that. I can't follow recipe for the life of me. That is why none of my food ever tastes the same. And it's okay if tastes better, but it is not always the case. Good luck to you. Measuring is the last thing I would be worrying in the kitchen.
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Old 03-02-2006, 08:49 AM   #5
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As for taste, try seasoning the food at the beginning, then tasting halfway through the cooking process, then tasting again near the end of the cooking process to see what it needs or doesn't need.

It's better this way because you eliminate having too muich of something, in the food such as salt or pepper. This works for me!

You can always add, but you can't take away.


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Old 03-02-2006, 09:46 AM   #6
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I also eyeball the amount in most cases, except for certain situation (baking, making ice cream, totally a new recipe I am not accustomed to etc.)

I go through the same procedure like Corey, lightly season it at the beginning, then make an adjustment as needed later on. Also there is always the issue of personal preference, too... some people prefer their food spicier, sweeter, garlickier, cheesier etc. or the other way around...
Also it is often true for the cooking time in the oven... every oven is different and you need to kinda keep an eye on how it is going, very often it is ready before the given cooking time, or takes longer than what the recipe says.

This may be a bit mindboggling to an absolute beginner or someone who is accustomed to rigidly follow a given recipe, but IMO it is a good idea to learn to make adjustments in your own way, that is one of the keys to expand your cooking horizon and open the door to more creativity...
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Old 03-02-2006, 10:22 AM   #7
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I drive my wife nuts by not measuring. She's big on following recipes, and I'm forever making things up on the fly (a dash of this, a little of that...). When I come up with something she likes, she wants me to write it down with the measurements, and not the dash, pinch, to taste kinds of measurements!

My mom never measured anything, so that's probably where it comes from.
I've got a couple of recipes from her that just list out ingredients, no measurements. Sheila won't make those, if I want them, I have to make them!

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Old 03-02-2006, 10:29 AM   #8
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"This doesn't taste the same as last time!"

"I really liked it the last time you made it. Why did you change it?"

"This isn't the same!"

Why do I measure? See above!
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Old 03-02-2006, 10:32 AM   #9
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You should always measure when baking, though. Baking is all about chemistry.
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Old 03-02-2006, 10:35 AM   #10
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I'm with corey and Uramaniac.
Most of the things that I cook, I eyeball it, UNLESS, that little tiny extra will change the taste.
As for baking and new recipes, or recipes that I haven't made in a while, I ALWAYS measure.
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