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We all think we're good cooks, don't we?


There's a sense of pride when you prepare something by yourself, lovingly crafting a meal for yourself or your loved ones with your own hands. However, that pride can quickly fall away when you make something for someone and you see the look of disdain pass over their face, showing their complete and utter contempt for the food you've made them. How do you avoid that? How do you make yourself better in the kitchen?

The internet. That's how.

Reddit user, u/askredditiscool, wanted to hear about:

What are the best cooking tips everyone should know?

Let's Start With The Practical

There's the practical skills, the ones you should be putting into practice every time you step into the kitchen.

Slice Slice Slice

Sharpen. Your. Knives.

jeff_the_nurse

Recently bought some sharpening stones. The difference is immediately apparent

1987mark

Make Them Smaller. Duh.

Cut potatoes into pieces before boiling them, I know it sounds obvious but you wouldn't believe how many people I've met who always put the entire thing in water only to complain about how long it took to cook

Raito_Urekawa

MORE. Not Less. MORE.

Add more garlic.

Also the difference between an average cook and a good cook is often adding more butter and/or seasoning.

Squiggles87

If a recipe calls for one clove of garlic, always use at least two cloves. Even if the recipe is "How to cook one clove of garlic"... use two.

EidolonMom

Use Anything Else

Never use glass or bamboo cutting boards. The glass is harder than your knife edge and will ruin the edge quickly. Bamboo, while having a relatively low average hardness, has localised areas that are tougher than steel. These are often sold as an environmentally responsible alternative to wood, but, like glass, these will destroy your knife edge.

DrunkenGolfer

No Oil Flakes On It

If you are oven cooking something like chips or pizza, instead of putting tinfoil on the baking tray, use baking paper instead.

It still keeps the baking tray clean, the food cooks just as well, and you don't have to worry about the foil sticking to your food and tearing when you dish up. Nothing ruins a pizza like having little flakes of foil on it

first_i_of_infinity

The Lesser Known Tips And Tricks Of The Trade

​Then there's the lesser known tips, the ones you probably haven't hear of, even in passing, but should keep in your chef's tool belt.

Pair Oil With The Base. Simple.

Pasta sauces hack my aunt thought me when I was just beginning to cook, it's pretty obvi but beginners may like it: if you are frying something, always "pair" the oil type to sauce base.

Making chicken alfredo? Sauce is based on cheese and milk, so fry your chicken on butter. Bolognese? You'll be using tomato sauce as base, so fry the meat on olive oil.
Carbonara? No oil, just use bacon's natural fat.
Red wine sauce? Make your veggies on butter.
Pesto? Olive oil, etc.

non_american_idiot

No One Wants To Clean Up That Mess

Lay chopsticks across the top of the bowl to prevent rice from boiling over in the microwave. (No more setting the bowl on a large plate to catch the spillover! \o/ )

bongokapiguana

Feel Like There's A Painful Story Here...

Never use wet oven gloves. NEVER.

xReyjinx

Imagine flash steaming your fingers at 450 degrees.

oksono

Don't Wait Too Long

If your cookies look all the way done when you pull them out they are already burned

hjkkjhkllhj

Yes! Instead take them out when the bottom edges just start to brown. Leave them on the pan for 5 minutes so the bottom and edges crispen up. Remove from pan, set on plate or cooling rack for 5 minutes. Eat.

Perfectly light crispy outside, gooey warm inside. Heaven on Earth.

mah_astral_body

Never Boiled Again

My dad is a chef, so growing up with him has taught me a lot about cooking. I've seen some good tips here already (season your food, season as you go, use sharp knives, preheat the oven etc.) but a really good tip especially for people who are not that fond of vegetables: oven roast them!

[Roasted] veggies are the best, just give them a little oil and seasoning (I usually do salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder) and give them 20-30 minutes depending on how big the veggie pieces are. If there's a type of vegetable you usually don't like because you've only tried it boiled to oblivion, try oven roasting it. I hate boiled Brussels sprouts, but oven roasted they're my favourite.

rmp2020

SALT. All The Salt.

Bread dough and pasta dough need extra salt.

Not [enough] salt makes for a bland flavorless product.

NaturalEmployee8814

The Obvious Standards To Hit

Then there's these skills, the ones you've probably never even considered, but to ascend to the level of great cook must be a standard to achieve.

Takes Off The Coating

No metal spoon/spatula should touch nonstick pans/pots..

Mr9Jokervis

You Are The Master And The Commander

This is the advise I give all my new cooks I'm training:

You are stronger and smarter than everything in the kitchen. If it needs to be hotter, turn it up. Knife is dull? Sharpen it. Recipe says to bake for 20 mins but you think it needs 30? Give it 30. Don't let the food rule you. You're in charge.

Also, clean while you cook. You'll be amazed how many dishes can be done in two free minutes.

Sirnando138

Two Different Philosophies On The Same Coin

Unless you're baking go by taste rather than the exact measurements of a recipe

XoX_K_XoX

And if you are baking follow the ingredients and amounts exactly.

GozerDGozerian

For Those In The Back:

WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE COOKING

InCONTROLfreak

and if you've been working with peppers WASH YOUR HANDS AFTER COOKING

hungrylens

Keep an open mind, keep your ego in check, know you always have something to learn, and you'll be slicing and dicing with the best of them.

And spices. Always, always use more spices and seasoning.

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Have you ever been reading a book, watching a movie, or even sitting down for a fantastical cartoon and began to salivate when the characters dig into some doozy of a made up food?

You're not alone.

Food is apparently fertile ground for creativity. Authors, movie directors, and animators all can't help but put a little extra time and effort into the process of making characters' tasty delights mouthwatering even for audiences on the other side of the screen.

Read on for a perfect mixture of nostalgia and hunger.

AllWhammyNoMorals asked, "What's a fictional food you've always wanted to try?"

Some people were all about the magical foods eaten in the magical places. They couldn't help but wish they could bite into something with fantastical properties and unearthly deliciousness.

Nutritious

"Enchanted golden apple" -- DabbingIsSo2015

"The Minecraft eating sounds make me hungry" -- FishingHobo

"Gotta love that health regeneration" -- r2celjazz

"Pretty sure those are based off the golden apples that grant immortality. Norse mythology I think?" -- Raven_of_Blades

Take Your Pick

"Nearly any food from Charlie and the Chocolate factory" -- CrimsonFox100

"Came here to say snozzberries!" -- Utah_Writer

"Everlasting Gobstoppers #1, but also when they're free to roam near the chocolate river and the entire environment is edible." -- devo9er

Peak Efficiency

"Lembas" -- Roxwords

"The one that fills you with just a bite? My fat a** would be making sandwiches with two lembas breads and putting bacon, avocado and cheese inside. Then probably go for some dessert afterwards. No wonder why those elves are all skinny, eating just one measly bite of this stuff." -- sushister

Some people got stuck on the foods they saw in the cartoons they watched growing up. The vibrant colors, the artistic sounds, and the exaggerated movements all come together to form some good-looking fake grub.

The One and Only

"Krabby patty 🍔" -- Cat_xox

"And a kelp shake" -- titsclitsntennerbits

"As a kid I always pretended burgers from McDonalds were Krabby Patties, heck from time to time I still do for the nostalgia of it all. Many of my friends did the same thing." -- Thisissuchadragtodo

Cheeeeeeeeese

"The pizza from an extremely goofy movie. The stringy cheese just looked magical lol" -- ES_Verified

"The pizza in the old TMNT cartoon as well." -- gate_of_steiner85

"Only bested by the pizza from All Dogs Go to Heaven." -- Purdaddy

Get a Big Old Chunk

"Those giant turkey drumsticks in old cartoons that characters would tear huge chunks out of. Those things looked amazing, turkey drumsticks in real life suck and are annoying to eat."

-- Ozwaldo

Slurp, Slurp, Slurp

"Every bowl of ramen on any anime, ever." -- Cat_xox

"Studio Ghibli eggs and bacon" -- DrManhattan_DDM

"Honestly, any food in anime. I swear to god half the budget no matter what the studio goes into making the food look absolutely delicious." -- Viridun

Finally, some highlighted the things that aren't quite so far-fetched, but still far enough away that it's nothing we'll be eating anytime soon.

That tease can be enough to make your mouth water.

What's In It??

"Butter beer" -- Damn_Dog_Inappropes

"came here to say this. i was pretty disappointed with the universal studio version which was over the top sweet. it was more of a butterscotch root beer. i imagine butter beer to be something more like butter and beer, which wouldn't be crazy sweet, but would have a very deep rich flavor" -- crazyskiingsloth

Slice of the Future

"The microwave pizzas in back to the future two" -- biggiemick91

"I've been fascinated with those for years! They just look so good!" -- skoros

As Sweet As They Had

"The Turkish Delight from Lion Witch & Wardrobe. The real ones I had weren't bad but nothing special." -- spoon_shaped_spoon

"Came here to say this. I know it's a real thing, but I always imagined that it must have been amazing to betray your siblings over." -- la_yes

"You're used to freely available too sweet sweets. For a WW2 era schoolkid, it would have represented all the sweets for an entire year." -- ResponsibleLimeade



Here's hoping you made it through the list without going into kitchen for some snack you didn't actually need.

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