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I consider myself a pretty adventurous eater.


From a young age, my mom always encouraged me to try new things, and since she herself has a high end and fancy palate, I've become quite the foodie myself. Still, there is one thing that makes me gag if I even just see it on a dinner table or accidentally get some in my mouth. Fatty meat. Everything about it is unpleasant, disgusting, and I don't understand why anyone would willingly eat something like pork belly. That's my one thing - but some people hate a ton of food

Those picky eaters have a lot of complaints about foods, but Redditor u/usernotfound404_ wanted them to specify which food they absolutely can't stomach, and asked... "Picky eaters, what's something you can never get yourself to eat and why?"

10. Sounds kind of comforting

When I was younger and ill, my mum used to make me eat bread with hot milk. To this day even the idea makes me feel sick. Before she passed I asked her about it and she said it's what my nan used to give her when she was ill! I asked why she would inflict it on me... she just laughed. (I miss her)

Eviekatkins

9. It is a great pizza topping though

Eggplant. I think it tastes great, but the soft texture always throws my brain off.

bangersnmash13

If you haven't tried fried eggplant I'd recommend giving it a go, it gives it a much firmer texture. It's good on pizza.

inyuez

8. You may want to avoid fish that smells fishy anyway

Dried or pickled fish. Anything made with fish that tastes like fish. It's weird. If it doesn't taste fishy, I'll eat it. If it does, I tend to gag.

DaxiaoD

I was told by a cook once that if fish tastes fishy, then it's not good fish.

FlowerFeather

7. I 100% relate

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Fat from meat. I hate the gelatinous texture. My husband and his family have pork belly a lot and it is mostly just fat and a small sliver of meat, it's very hard for me to eat it without getting a glob of fat. Texture is usually what gets me with food. Not necessarily taste.

whetsaucks

6. Taste can be genetic?

That's how I am. I also have the genetic marker that makes bitter food taste more bitter (thanks 23 and Me!), which explains why I always disliked broccoli.

kathatter75

I knew there was a gene that made cilantro taste like soap, but I've never heard of that one before. Now I'm wondering what other stuff is out there that makes food taste weird.

MysteryGirlWhite

5. When everyone keeps asking why you don't like something

I wouldn't say I'm picky but I've never been able to eat parsnips and every year at Christmas I have to re-explain to everyone there that I don't like them.

As to why I just don't like the taste.

BrutalNutritionist

4. No recipe can make it palatable

Cabbage. And believe me I've tried, I even did an AskReddit post and tried all the suggestions. There does not appear to be a way to make a cabbage palatable to me.

zerbey

3. A delicacy many cannot handle

Oysters.

It's both a taste and a texture thing for me. I can't get over the sliminess.

I can't do clams, mussels, or other things that come in shells, either.

dr239

When I was 7, I picked up clams from the local beach and put it in my aquarium (BIG BRAIN MOVE). Those bastards came out of their shell and the smell was soo bad, I developed an aversion to clams and mussels or other things in shells.

dankvader1005

2. Another victim of genetics

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Cilantro. I have the gene that apparently makes it smell and taste metallic and soapy. Can't stand it, but strangely enough my parents absolutely love it.

starchitect305

Maybe the parents like the soapy taste. My brother says it tastes like soap but that he likes it.

awildvalk

1. I know a lot of mayo haters

I'm very picky, but mayo is the one thing I can't even choke down to be polite. I have a ridiculously long list of things I never eat left to my own devices, but most of those I can eat a little if it's served to me at a dinner party or something. Mayo, however, makes me shudder in disgust. I have trouble even using it to make something for someone else.

ajbean1241

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Life is hard. It's a miracle to make it through with some semblance of sanity. We are all plagued by grief and trauma. More and more people of all backgrounds are opening up about personal trauma and its origins. Finally! For far too long we've been too silent on this topic. And with so many people unable to afford mental health care, the outcomes can be damaging.

All of our childhoods have ups and downs and memories that can play out like nightmares. We carry that, or it follows us and the first step in recovery is talking about it. So who feels strong enough to speak?

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And being alone can really suck in times of turmoil. None of us are perfect and it feels like that's all anyone is looking for... perfect.

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Whether you're an at home parent, a college student just leaving the nest, or a Food Network junkie, there are a few basic tips that everyone should know.

Chef's gave us some of their top tips for amateurs and beginner at home cooks that will really make a difference. They are trained professionals with years of experience in the kitchen, so they definitely know what we're all missing.

If you're looking to improve some of your cooking skills and techniques, but you're still learning how to boil water correctly, this list is for you.

Redditor BigBadWolf44 wanted in on the secrets and asked:

"Chefs of Reddit, what's one rule of cooking amateurs need to know?"

Let's learn from the masters!


What a common mistake!

"A lot of the time when people add salt to a dish because they think it tastes flat, what it really needs is an acid like lemon juice or vinegar."

- Vexvertigo

"Instructions unclear I drugged my dinner party guests and now they're high on acid."

- itsyoboi_human

"Yes! Or tomatoes. They're pretty acidic too and go with so many things. Our dinners are so much better once the garden tomatoes are ripe. Or if a dish is too acidic, oil/butter or a little sugar can help add balance to it."

- darkhorse85

"Like tomato and eggs. Every Chinese mom makes those slightly differently and I haven't had a tomato egg dish I didn't like yet."

- random314

"There's a book called 'Salt Fat Acid Heat' that comes highly recommended to amateur cooks."

- Osolemia

"Reading even just the first chapter about salt made a lot of food I cooked immediately better, because I finally understood salt wasn't just that thing that sat on the dinner table that you applied after the meal was cooked."

- VaultBoy42

"Salt is important for sweets. A batch of cookies without that little hint of salt doesn't taste quite right."

- Osolemia

Unfortunately, this tip might not be accessible to everyone. Many people who contracted COVID can no longer use their sense of smell the way they used to.

"Have a friend that lost his smell from COVID, and now he only recognizes if food is salty, sweet, sour or bitter."

- AlphaLaufert99

"Just wait until he gets his sense of smell back and a ton of foods smell like ammonia or literal garbage now. Yeah, that's fun... It's been 7 months for f*cks sake just let me enjoy peanut butter again!!!!!!!!!"

- MirzaAbdullahKhan

You can't take back what you've already put in.

"You can always add, but you cannot take away."

- El_Duende666

"I find people's problems usually are they're too scared to add rather than they add too much."

- FreeReflection25

"I see you also grew up white in the mid-west."

- Snatch_Pastry

Safety first!

"Not really a cooking tip, but a law of the kitchen: A falling knife has no handle."

- wooddog

"I'm always so proud of my reflexes for not kicking in when I fumble a knife."

"If I drop anything else, my stupid hands are all over themselves trying to catch it (and often failing). But with a knife the hardwired automatic reaction is jump back immediately. Fingers out of the way, feet out of the way, everything out of the way. Good lookin out, cerebellum!"

- sonyka

"Speaking of KICKING in. On first full time cooking job I had a knife spin and fall off the counter. My (stupid) reflex was to put my foot under it like a damn hacky sack to keep it from hitting the ground. Went through the shoe, somehow between my toes, into the sole somehow without cutting me. Lessons learned: (1) let it fall; (2) never set a knife down close to the edge or with the handle sticking out; (3) hacky sack is not nearly as cool as it could be."

- AdjNounNumbers

"Similarly, NEVER put out a grease or oil fire with water. Smother with a lid or dump baking soda in there (do not use flour, as it can combust in the air making things worse)."

- Metallic_Substance

How else will you know it tastes good?

"Taste the food."

- OAKRAIDER64

"Also don't be afraid to poke and prod at it. I feel like people think the process is sacred and you can't shape/flip/feel/touch things while you cook them. The more you are hands on, the more control you have."

"No, this does not include situations where you are trying to sear something. Ever try flipping a chicken thigh early? That's how you rip a chunk out of it and leave it glued to the pan until it's burnt."

- Kryzm

Here's one just for laughs.

"When you grab a pair of tongs, click them a few times to make sure they are tongs."

- Kolshdaddy

"People really overlook this one. You've gotta tong the tongs a minimum of 3 times to make sure they tong, or else it can ruin the whole dish."

- BigTimeBobbyB

If you're looking to get into cooking or to improve you technique, pay attention to these few tips.

Salt generously, add an acid to brighten things up, and don't forget to taste your food!

If all else fails, you can always order take out.

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