People Share Cooking-Related Red Flags In A Relationship
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Some people just don't have the gift of cooking.

I've been known to burn water and make eggs explode.

I've learned and grown, others may not.

Yet, my greatest tool is still my microwave.

If you view cooking as an important part of a relationship, there are signs to look for that someone you're with may be lacking the basics is cuisine prep.

People will perform certain actions that will give you the hint to run or say...

"Let's just order in..."

Redditor cowbelljazz wanted to discuss signs to look for when sharing a kitchen.

They asked:

"What is a cooking related red flag in a relationship?"

I'm a so-so cook, but I try. Let's see how the rest of you try.


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"My ex thought that 'browning' ground meat meant leaving it in the fridge til it turned brown."


"Oh God this is the first reply that's really freaked me out."


A Touch of Poison

"There was a letter to an advice column years ago, from a woman convinced her mother in law was slightly poisoning her every time they went to her house for dinner. After every meal she grew violently ill and threw up/had diarrhea. When she told her husband her suspicion he said she was crazy. His mother was a saint who adored her and would die before hurting her."

"The advice columnist urged the wife to swap her plate with her husband’s during the next dinner. The woman wrote back saying she followed the advice and it was her husband who became violently ill after the meal. When she told him what she’d done she said he looked at her with such loathing she realized he’d suspected what his mom was doing all along."

"But, instead of standing up for her, he decided to gaslight her about her suspicions to avoid upsetting his mom. Talk about your red flags."


Add a Dollar

"I knew a guy who dropped his $1 bottle of spaghetti sauce, jar broke in the bag. He goes and makes spaghetti… With sauce. We ask if this is the same sauce… Yup! He just pulled the chunks of glass out of it 😳. I do not eat that spaghetti or anything he cooked after that."


"You can't waste that $1 bottle of sauce! It's a lot of money!!!"


Just meat...

"My ex wife wanted to make meatloaf when we were first married. I was like cool I love meatloaf. So she pulled this meatloaf out of the oven when I got home. It was a slightly charred sad looking meatball floating in grease. She was apologetic about it but I didn't say crap about it. I have never complained about her cooking anything. I made meatloaf a few weeks later and she loved it and wanted to know what I put in it."

"I told her and asked her how she makes meatloaf. She said you take some meat and put it in a pan. No egg, salt, pepper, ketchup. Just meat. I was like yep this is going to take some work. Turns out she was overconfident about everything and just winged it."


Single use tools...

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"When they put your best knives in the dishwasher."


"My friend’s ex-girlfriend used his ceramic knife as a screw driver. It’s not the only reason they’re exes, but it was a contributing factor haha."


I'm guilty. I put everything in the dishwasher. I've been yelled at plenty.

Just Help

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"Being a full grown adult that waits to be cooked for. Knowing full well, his spouse might also be working full time. But they won't lift a finger to grab dinner on the way home or if already home toss something in the microwave."



"Touching the oven when I'm cooking. Had a friend 'fix' the oven while I was reverse searing ribeyes a few years back so they'd cook faster. You know what happens to a ribeye when you leave it in the oven at 375 for an hour?"

"She did the same to a rack of ribs on another occasion. Saw that the grill was set to low and thought 'That can't be right.' Jacked it up to high without telling anybody, and treated us to a nice rack of charcoal chips for dinner."



"I once decided to cook for a girl I was dating. It was pretty fresh at the time, third time I had seen her. I thought it might be nice to cook, have a wine and chat etc. as you do. While I was cooking she told me to stop talking so much and hurry up because she was hungry in a rude, annoyed tone. That turned me off to the point I didn’t see her again after that night!"


You're Empty

"Not having any spices at all in your kitchen."


"I dated a guy (BRIEFLY!) who had nary an herb or spice. He didn’t even have SALT OR SUGAR. 🤪🤪🤪🤪 One morning he made me oatmeal. Ingredients: oats and water. I was looking around to see if we were hanging wallpaper that day. No, that was breakfast. He was equally imaginative in bed so we didn’t last long."


Bad Smothers

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"I have a roommate who puts applesauce on everything he eats. So yeah that’s probably it."


"My old roommate did this too and her favorite was dipping Mac and cheese into apple sauce."



"Refuses to take into account your partners preferences."


"My brother likes his bread just slightly warmed up, his toast isn't even brown and when it is he deems it 'burnt.'"

"So whenever he cooks and makes garlic bread or pita its always cold by the time it gets to our plates."

"I know it isn't a big deal but it gets frustrating since we all adore bread products in a meal and he just cooks it how he likes it. We accommodate for his preferences when he doesn't cook so idk what his problem is."


Bad Idea

"Medium rare chicken."


"I remember reading somewhere that this is actually a thing in Japan - it’s part of sashimi, and they exclusively use the chicken breast for it."


"This seems like the worst idea imaginable. You're pretty much guaranteed to get sick."



"My brother told my friend she makes very nice ice water."


"Depends on the city. Water fountains taste different in every town. Some I like, others are tolerable, and then I have to filter my water at home."


"Brita water just hits different."



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"Not clicking the tongs before using them."


"I've reached the point where I do it subconsciously."


pet peeves...

"Not necessarily cooking but it's a pet peeve of mine when people buy things and just, don't eat them but throw them away... watched my ex purchase a wonderful looking ice cream, sit and let it melt for half an hour, then get up and throw it away."


"Don't ever watch K-Dramas. Every scene where people meet out at a restaurant they buy a whole bunch of food and then just sit there talking and finally leave after having a few bites at most."


"Uhh babe"

"My ex set the stove on fire. Making spaghetti. Our ELECTRIC, FLAMELESS, stove. Don't ask me how it happened. I have no idea. I was just on my phone and she went 'Uhh babe.' Looked up to see our stove on fire."


"It was most likely a grease fire (pan with oil in it overheated too much). Quick detour here to say that you should never use water to put that out, unless you want it to explode. Just put the lid on and move it from the heat source if you can."

"Second option is dry spaghetti directly in contact with the stove. They’re pretty flammable."


Nope nope nope...

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"When they don’t know how to cook, refuse to cook, but are super picky when you cook for them. Nope nope nope."


"Bro that's literally my mom. Everything she cooks doesn't taste good or is over/undercooked and when I cook, she always comments on everything I do even though I'm clearly better at it than her."


"This is my roommate. At this point there’s days where I just tell him to go dig something out of the pantry for himself lol."



"Saying they are allergic to some ingredients but later admit they 'just don't like the texture.' I get the texture thing, I hate mushy slimy myself. But ffs don't pull the 'I am allergic to mushrooms/peas/onions/tomatoes' thing."


"This is like the people that ask for no salt on McDonald's fries and then put salt on it right after, they have to clean everything off, they have use a separate tray to bung the fries out on, it's just a massive hassle. top tip, a way to get fresh fries in McDonald's, just ask for fresh ones."


That's a lot of mess but, I do love apple sauce though. #justiceforapplesauce

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