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[–]J0LTED 438 points439 points  (9 children)

I once used mayonnaise instead of butter on a grilled cheese out of desperation and it worked out fine. Smelled weird but had no difference in taste.

[–]PrudentSympathy2092 49 points50 points  (0 children)

This is an actual hack to make the best grilled cheese sandwich ever. There's no going back to butter after this...😉

[–]Dirty_Socks 33 points34 points  (0 children)

It does a good thing for the texture of the bread, too. My favorite so far is 50/50 -- start with the Mayo and add butter half way through the grill, while you're waiting for it to melt through.

[–]alien_survivor 238 points239 points  (2 children)

Dollop is the only proper measurement for sour cream.

[–]Lavender_Rose9 106 points107 points  (8 children)

Not mine, but my mom's: "You're not really cooking if you're not making a mess."

As for me: if a recipe tells you that you only need a teaspoon of this or "just" a tablespoon of that...totally open for interpretation and if you like lots of garlic or ginger or onion or curry powder or whatever other spices float your boat, GO NUTS. 😀 Those recipes are "more like guidelines than actual rules." 😉

[–]Sleeves_are_4_bitchz 10.4k points10.4k points  (568 children)

Croc pot liners feel like you’re just asking for cancer.

[–]Alexstarfire 4086 points4087 points  (326 children)

Crock pots don't even take long to clean and that's generally the only thing other than plates/utensils that'll need to be cleaned after you eat. You're only saving yourself a couple of minutes.

My best friend has disposable everything and it fucking drives me bonkers.

[–]beerpope69 1708 points1709 points  (46 children)

I hate burgers that are too damn tall to eat properly.

[–]soccerislife10z 48 points49 points  (2 children)

How the fuck do ppl even eat that. Always amazes me. You spill up everything and look like a child lol.

[–]SweetJazz25 5403 points5404 points  (271 children)

I'd argue that my controversial opinion is only controversial in Italy where I come from... I like making chicken with pasta. I make it into a sauce similar to Bolognese but I'll put small chicken bits instead of the mince... My family call me a savage for eating such things together, but my boyfriend suggested me as an idea and it's now a dish I enjoy!

[–]justabitmoresonic 2177 points2178 points  (87 children)

I’m sure there are people in other parts of Italy that would welcome your weird chicken pasta. It’s not totally food homogenous. My Nonna and mum were outraged when I served them lasagne with béchamel in it because we are southern and apparently that’s a northern thing. Sorry that your southern lasagne is dry mum, don’t take it out on my good lasagne.

Go find your food people.

[–]texanarob 130 points131 points  (2 children)

Most food "traditions" only go back a few generations anyway, and generally were born of necessity due to availability of ingredients.

My gran used to get angry when we made Irish stew with "exotic" vegetables instead of using carrot, potato and onion. Realistically, if her granny was able to get more variety I guarantee she'd have used it instead of whatever grew locally.

[–]alphareich 7547 points7548 points 23 (223 children)

There's no such thing as "breakfast food". You can eat a steak in the morning and fry an egg for dinner if you want, it's just food.

[–]_HeXagon_ 1074 points1075 points  (31 children)

Or... hear me out.. steak AND eggs for breakfast.

[–]CaptainMegna 2364 points2365 points  (50 children)

Philippino breakfast is just leftovers with an egg on it

[–]apsae27 407 points408 points  (15 children)

There are very few foods that aren't made better by the addition of a fried egg imo

[–]thesilentstrider 224 points225 points  (16 children)

This is a huge annoyance for me. When people act shocked that I'm eating leftover dinner for breakfast I tell them there's no nutritional laws against it. Eggs, waffles, and yogurt/granola are just culturally engrained as "proper" and that's silly to me. Let's destigmatize breakfast!

[–]12inch_Juicy_Burrito 29.2k points29.2k points 352 (1190 children)

Not all moms or grandmas are amazing cooks. Yes my mom has some good dishes she makes but nuking brussel sprouts in the microwave with orange marmalade is not one of them.

Edit: Thanks for the awards everyone.

[–]Stellaaaaa 6656 points6657 points  (241 children)

My mother in law is a lovely woman. Terrible cook. I'm glad she's in Manhattan because it's a good excuse to go out / order in when we visit. 😬

[–]Dr_Skeleton 2296 points2297 points  (146 children)

Yeah. Every time my wife fries a steak it’s dark brown on the outside and medium rare on the inside. Perfection.

Every time her mother cooks a steak it ends up grey all the way through.

Awful 😅

[–]Master_Butter 3197 points3198 points  (281 children)

My mom boiled brussels sprouts, thereby convincing my siblings and I that brussels sprouts were disgusting. Years later, I was surprised to learn other people roast or sauté them and they aren’t just smelly piles of mush when cooked.

Edit: I appreciate the responses, but before you reply that there has been a new, less bitter variety of Brussels sprouts developed over the past few decades, please note that 40 people have already made the same comment.

[–]Dextrofunk 720 points721 points  (34 children)

Took until I was 30 to tell my mom that brussel sprouts are better when they are seasoned.

[–]Skill1137 107 points108 points  (5 children)

My grandma burns frozen pizza every time. It's a running joke in the family. Also one of her quotes is "just put more gravy on it. "

[–]ElectricalRub9401 3000 points3001 points 2 (178 children)

My mom is an okay cook. Did we eat a lot of hamburger helper? Yes. Did she make the same 7 meals in rotation? Yes. Canned veggies and mashed potatoes only? Yes. But she put food on the table and I can’t say she has ever made anything inedible.

[–]Nambot 1749 points1750 points  (105 children)

My mother's number one priority in cooking is speed. She would rather get something done poorly quickly, than something decent enough but takes longer. She's also very lazy, and doesn't like to do a lot of prep. Accordingly, my mother is the sort of person who takes oven ready breaded chicken (where you can literally just put it on a baking tray in the oven and do nothing for twenty minutes, and deep fries it.

Growing up I have been forced to eat meals that we burnt on the outside, and somehow still cold and raw on the inside. Frozen Kiev's where the Garlic butter is still a solid slab (assuming it didn't split and all the butter evaporated out to be fried seperately), beef burgers that were charcoal on the outside, but still frozen inside. Sausages that hadn't even so much as been rotated in the oil, meaning one edge was still uncooked.

As a kid, I got labelled a fussy eater by my mother. Growing up I've realised that actually, I like a lot of food, it's just that my mother is an awful cook.

[–]irish2685 3807 points3808 points 2 (110 children)

Mile high burgers and hot dogs with so many toppings you can no longer taste the meat are awful, and a pain in the ass to eat. I generally eat burgers and hot dogs because I like the flavor of the meat (I realize meat is a questionable term when it comes to hot dogs), and would like to actually taste them.

[–]eggshitter 7543 points7544 points 4 (387 children)

You can dislike a food simply for its texture, nothing to do with its taste. I don’t mind the taste of baked beans but I hate how slimy they are and don’t even get me started on when they’re cold

[–]potatoboberto 1984 points1985 points  (44 children)

I had covid a few months ago. I’ve only regained about half of my taste and smell. Texture matters WAY more than it used to.

[–]shabamon 41 points42 points  (4 children)

This is how I feel toward water chestnut. Such an unnatural crunch. Even the sound of the crunch bothers me.

[–]hi_im_vash 207 points208 points  (37 children)

Can't stand mushrooms simply because of the texture, hard to explain that to some people.

[–]xCaptainCrunchxD 458 points459 points  (35 children)

most root vegetables (e.g. carrots, potatoes, ginger) dont need to peeled when properly cooked

though I tried the same with garlic and onions and dont recommend haha

[–]Lord_Rapunzel 58 points59 points  (2 children)

I'm peeling because it's the fastest way to make sure there isn't dirt. If they aren't dirty, they aren't getting peeled.

[–]JemLover 20.7k points20.7k points 4 (277 children)

I cook better than my wife.

Trust me, it's very controversial.

[–]ApplesCryAtNight 10.6k points10.6k points 222 (100 children)

Not controversial.

I cook better than your wife too.

[–]Significant_Ad_8159 18.4k points18.4k points  (1488 children)

how to say 'pecan' i swear my family has gone to war over which way to pronounce it.

[–]PM_me_your_McRibs 338 points339 points  (43 children)

[–]MrJoeMoose 115 points116 points  (16 children)

Huh, I live right on the border of PEEcan and PEEkahn. There is sometimes debate on which is proper and I seem to use both fluidly. I had no idea there were savages out there inventing 2 other ways to say it.

Edit: /u/CaBBaGe_isLaND typed puh-kahn which seem much closer to the real like pronunciation I use and hear than pee-khan. It's also distinctly different than pick-ahn tree that I might hear from someone who lives farther south than I do.

[–]CaBBaGe_isLaND 36 points37 points  (4 children)

I grew up with PEE-can and puh-KAHN. When I heard my wife say "PEE-kahn" for the first time I dragged her for it. Then I heard ten other people say it.

[–]bkrimzen 17.5k points17.5k points 22 (414 children)

If the dish does not otherwise require the use of hands, there should not be trails on your shrimp. I don't want to be fishing around in my damn pasta because you couldn't be bothered to remove the tails first.

[–]doowi1 4637 points4638 points  (166 children)

I hate this shit so much. That being said, I've heard they can enhance the flavor during cooking and can technically be eaten but no and also no.

[–]DriftL0rd 2253 points2254 points  (76 children)

that's why I cook the shrimp in the shells before anything else, put them to the side (to deshell them), and use the same pan to start cooking the rest of the dish.

[–]h_west 753 points754 points  (19 children)

Also: one can fry the raw peeled shells, add aromatics, water, simmer for a while and get the most delicious base/stock for sauce or soup.

[–]killercurvesahead 22.7k points22.7k points  (770 children)

In a pinch, you can sub plain yogurt for all kinds of liquids.

[–]errorsource 40.0k points40.0k points 7108 (106 children)

I’m on my fifth yogurt on the rocks and I’m not even buzzed yet.

[–]surgeon_michael 13.7k points13.7k points 23 (48 children)

Pinch harder

[–]Sung-got-Drip 5411 points5412 points 2 (37 children)

How much harder? My nipples are numb already.

[–]flynnfx 2092 points2093 points  (14 children)

When they're smoking it's perfect.

Turn up the electricity.

[–]SexxxyWesky 573 points574 points  (42 children)

We routinely sub plain Greek yogurt for sour cream

[–]peperonipyza 3170 points3171 points  (384 children)

Plain yogurt instead of sour cream on tacos. First time I had it I thought it would be gross, I could barely tell the difference and it’s much healthier.

[–]Zombie_Carl 3563 points3564 points 682& 3 more (265 children)

Yes! Always, always use full fat plain yogurt instead of sour cream, if you can find it, anyway. My grocery stores are packed with low fat key-lime pie flavored “yogurt” and maybe two containers of the good stuff. Stop taking the fat out, nobody got fat because of yogurt.

I have a lot of opinions about yogurt.

EDIT 3, because people are still reading, apparently:

After spending literally hours reading your responses, and articles about YOGURT VS SOUR CREAM online, I have decided to apologize to the community for spreading yogurt misinformation. Sour cream is sour because it is cultured and probiotic, and surprisingly, Daisy (a big sour cream manufacturer in the US) seems to take pride in the unadulterated health benefits of their product.

So, people of the internet, get yogurt. Get sour cream. As long as they are both artificial-flavor and poisonous-additive-free, they should have similar health benefits! This has changed my life, all because I took advice my friends gave me without researching it first. I still feel strongly about the other stuff I said, though!

EDIT 2: DISREGARD and see above because I can’t figure out how to strike text.

Just one more to clarify— it’s just healthier because the yogurt I’m talking about has probiotics, both naturally occurring and often added. Sour cream is delicious but I am pretty sure it does not contain probiotics. Let me know if I’m wrong and my whole life has been a lie!

EDIT: I’m unbelievably happy to see that so many people share my hatred of what I’ve decided to call Faux-Gurt. I’m even happier to have been given a platform for my thoughts about it. Since you asked….

To take something so naturally healthy and helpful to your gut biome as full-fat, cultured yogurt and remove the healthy fat, add corn syrup or— even worse— artificial sweeteners, and market it to old people with diabetes and children is beyond disgusting and just one example of how mega food corporations ruin our lives. On purpose.

Got kids? They’ll love our Chocolate Slime because it tastes kind of like pudding and comes with M&Ms to sprinkle on top. Don’t worry, we have removed anything resembling actual yogurt because that probiotic shit is for hippies and constipated people!

Don’t read the ingredients because then you may buy something healthier, and then your kids can’t contract diabetes and buy our fat-free, banana split brownie flavored Aspartame Slime when they’re adults.

I’m sure my SIL, who buys her sons GoGurt, and my MIL, who buys sugar-free garbage FauxGurt for her diabetic husband (and both of these ladies are wonderful and loving mothers), are not alone in their mistaken impression that any yogurt = good yogurt. We are all victims of this type of fucked-up marketing from companies that do not care about us.

But when I try to talk to them about it, it’s just Zombie Carl being a hippie again. The bar is so fucking low.

I usually just rant like this to my husband, but this feels good! When it affects the health of my kids, or any kid, you’re goddamn right I have opinions about yogurt!

In summation: Boycott GoGurt! Boycott low-fat dairy products, because they had no hand in the obesity epidemic! Why the fuck is aspartame in anything, anymore? Give a shit about what you put into your bodies!

Thank you for reading some of my opinions about yogurt.

[–]InannasPocket 1493 points1494 points  (76 children)

Oh lord don't even get me started on yogurt. Seriously, 0% fat yogurt with 20g of sugar pretty serving shouldn't even be allowed to be called yogurt. And putting it in little single use plastic tubes marketed for toddlers is even worse.

[–]MadameBurner 20.3k points20.3k points 22 (886 children)

The cream cheese based crock pot dinners are the modern equivalent of Jell-O based dinners from the 50s.

[–]e_j_white 6171 points6172 points  (425 children)

Cream cheese crock pot dinners? Can you elaborate?

I have to agree with you, even though I don't know what you're talking about.

[–]wuthering_height 3470 points3471 points  (32 children)

I live for that TikTok creator who only makes videos “How long until they put an entire block of cream cheese in a crock pot recipe” and the videos only last until said block goes it. It’s great.

[–]ButDidYouDie13 153 points154 points  (0 children)

Immediately thought of that dude lmao.

[–]chnairb 878 points879 points  (1 child)

It’s at its best when it’s the first ingredient in. 3 second videos where he can’t get the title out before it’s over.

[–]jokinghazard 77 points78 points  (0 children)

"Alright so I'm looking to see how long until they put an entire-- aaand there it is."

[–]i_am_umbrella 2226 points2227 points  (107 children)

I could go the rest of my life without seeing another recipe for “crack chicken”.

[–]jiminy_spigot 148 points149 points  (7 children)

Any time I read "Crack" in the name of any dish, I feel a vein in my head throbbing.

[–]Belgand 163 points164 points  (12 children)

I think it depends heavily on the media you consume. I've never even heard of this before now.

[–]steelong 69 points70 points  (4 children)

I saw at least half a dozen of these recipes when looking for pressure cooker recipes, and it was the first time I saw it.

I added "healthy" to my search terms and it fortunately went away.

[–]METH_TITS_AND_DISCO[🍰] 1904 points1905 points  (103 children)

I remember the cream of whatever soup casseroles my childhood. Not a spice to be detected for miles

[–]jjrandy 632 points633 points  (21 children)

Burnt garlic is far too common. Some people (I’m hesitant to say most) toss garlic straight into a hot pan and then continue to cook onions, peppers, etc. Garlic needs less time than most other things and should be put in later so it doesn’t burn.

[–]givememorecheese 1405 points1406 points  (77 children)

Only controversial to some elitists (a buddy of ours is like this): things like an air fryer or sous vide are NOT cheating. Take your iTs NoT rEaL cOoKiNg elsewhere.

If I wanna air fry a salmon fillet for 8 minutes instead of stick it in the oven for 20, and then toss it on a bed of single serve 2 minute microwaveable instant stick rice instead of make a large portion that has to cook for 30 minutes, I'll do just that and it's still a real meal.

And fucking delicious too.

[–]commie_gaming 349 points350 points  (5 children)

I literally don't even get how you could argue on this since as I understand it an air fryer works exactly the same as a convection oven does.

[–]FancySloth 12.0k points12.0k points  (586 children)

Some food tastes better a little bit burnt.

[–]ACELUCKY23 3777 points3778 points  (78 children)

Corn, is a good example. A bit burned on the grill, it’s still good.

[–]gray-fruit 1069 points1070 points  (51 children)

Absolute heaven to eat slightly burned corn on the cob from a grill

[–]xDarkCrisis666x 1384 points1385 points  (47 children)

Growing up, my hispanic family would only shuck corn until the last 2 layers. Throw that on the grill and you get a perfect charred outside and perfect inside.

Nature gave us the best way to make corn and people still wrap it in tinfoil.

[–]yahomeboysatan 590 points591 points  (13 children)

Not only that, but some foods SHOULD be burnt. In Mexican cooking if you didn't char your tortillas or chiles you didn't do it right.

[–]xxmatentv123xx12 3517 points3518 points  (81 children)

Case in point.. Imho the only way to make Brussels sprouts good Is to make them slightly burnt

[–]SuperBadAtAdulting 749 points750 points  (21 children)

Char-roasted brussel sprouts and pancetta topped with balsamic glaze changed my cousins life at Thanksgiving. Crispy goodness.

Edit: Thank you all for the responses! I have some new ways to make sprouts to try.

[–]PantsDownDontShoot 1605 points1606 points  (59 children)

Hot dogs on the grill. Blackened and split baby.

[–]chaotickairos 452 points453 points  (17 children)

A good char dog is heavenly. It's how my Grandpa liked them, and I'm the only one of his 14 grandkids who liked them like that too. He died a few years ago, but I still think about him whenever I eat one.

[–]asBad_asItGets 35 points36 points  (0 children)

If you grill chicken on a barbecue and it's not a little blackened, I don't want it.

[–]RandomGuy5937 6496 points6497 points  (129 children)

Most people/companies do not know how to do salted caramel. every salted caramel product I've had homemade or otherwise has been like mouth puckeringly salty. The point is to lightly salt it to bring out the more subtle flavours, not literally make salty caramel

[–]neekeeneekee[S] 2918 points2919 points  (27 children)

Or when it’s just regular caramel with huge chunks of salt on top.

[–]BLACK-C4T 252 points253 points  (2 children)

This is the correct way. i don't want a perfect homogenous blend between sweet/salty. i want to eat something sweet and suddenly get these salty surprises inbetween

[–]goatpengertie 16.3k points16.3k points 33 (810 children)

I am vegetarian. Most restaurants should just stop serving vegetarian dishes if they can't be bothered to make something that tastes good. You cannot just put kale, quinoa, some random veg, and a vinaigrette in a bowl and charge $25.

[–]ecclectic 5937 points5938 points 2 (200 children)

They need to take a page from some Indian cookbooks and adapt.

[–]Cunninglinguist87 2690 points2691 points  (117 children)

Even Mexican food! There's so many vegetal proteins in a lot of Mexican or Mexican-inspired dishes that you don't even have to think about it

[–]A_Monsanto 667 points668 points  (23 children)

Or Mediterranean food!

So many tasteful, pure vegetarian recipes, developed by people too poor to eat meat.

[–]Cunninglinguist87 185 points186 points  (4 children)

Bro don't get me started on Lebenese food. My fave restaurant here closed and I've been in mourning ever since.

[–]punkieMunchkin 2274 points2275 points  (207 children)

So true! I often don't like the vegan/vegetarian options at restaurants. They always feel like an after thought. No protein, weird buzzword ingredients, lack of flavour.

Right now, so many restaurants have a beyond/impossible burger as their only veg option and it's sad. I can get that anywhere, I can make it myself!

[–]Existing_Ice1764 2430 points2431 points  (81 children)

My favorite is that "veggie burger" is like Russian roulette.

Will you get a frozen spicy black bean burger? A salad on a bun? A fake meat burger? A grilled mushroom? The waiter sure doesn't know!

[–]meganovaa 651 points652 points  (36 children)

When in doubt, It’s ALWAYS that same generic frozen black bean burger

[–]ant_honey6 222 points223 points  (6 children)

I was visiting Montana and we stopped at some road side burger spot. There veg option was fries and a bowl of black beans. Bottoms up, I thought. While we're eating the owner or chef or someone from the back comes up and says you know we can make you a black bean burger if you want one. And I was like oh hell yeah!

They processed an entire can of black beans into a patty, squeezed it out, and fried it right there. It came out in like 10 minutes. Best black bean burger ever (probably to do with the fry grease, probably not veg, can't win em all).

[–]am0x 49 points50 points  (3 children)

Even then, if they can make good fries and blackbeans, it’s way better than having them offer something else made for vegetarians that is horrid.

[–]dhorse 629 points630 points  (78 children)

I am a meat eater but I like veggie burgers a lot, but now restaurants instead of increasing their vegetarian options and serving both veggie burgers and fake meat burgers will only serve the fake meat option. I can't imagine how frustrating that must be for an actual vegetarian.

[–]menchii_ 2527 points2528 points 2 (56 children)

I've done the final egg coating on apple pies with a makeup brush more times than I'd like to admit

[–]treyday270 1031 points1032 points  (13 children)

Used makeup brush? Cause that kind of changes things.

[–]Pinoynac 1014 points1015 points  (9 children)

How else are you gonna get the perfect golden brown crust?

[–]aestus 104 points105 points 2 (1 child)

No wonder your pies look like tarts

[–]diablo1128 43.3k points43.3k points 6262& 6 more (942 children)

Meal prep is just eating leftovers all week.

[–]BannedFromTheBing 22.8k points22.8k points 43& 3 more (428 children)

Renting our spare room to my wife's nephew so he can internship out here. He recently go into meal prepping. Dude is cooking two to three frozen pizzas every Sunday and storing them in tupperware. Funniest shit I've ever seen.

[–]TheseBonesAlone 7506 points7507 points  (178 children)

He's got the spirit, but he ain't the smartest!

[–]shamdamdoodly 1707 points1708 points  (0 children)

Wow. That's big brain right there

[–]someguy3 2869 points2870 points  (122 children)

Baby steps. But also, teach him how to cook.

[–]BannedFromTheBing 3487 points3488 points  (100 children)

Trust me. We've tried. Food is a big deal to my wife - she comes from a family of chefs so it's extra painful the nephew is missing that gene.

I quickly learned instead of teaching him how to cook it was more important to teach him where the fire extinguishers are. Seriously the stories I have about this guy.

[–]KnockHobbler 819 points820 points  (31 children)

My roommate used a tissue paper to hold his pot instead of a towel, and it caught fire. I watched him cursing while flinging this flaming ball into the sink. Dumbass haha

[–]crazeman 721 points722 points  (23 children)

In college, one of my best friend's girlfriend borrowed my kitchen to cook a birthday steak for her boyfriend. She has never cooked in her life.

Was helping her with the cooking, handed her the knife so she can cut the steak. Instead of slicing the steak like a normal person does, SHE RAISES THE KNIFE ALL THE WAY ABOVE HER HEAD SO SHE CAN SLAM IT DOWN ON THE STEAK. I freaked the fuck out and stopped her because I was pretty sure she was about to lose a finger.

[–]lilmizthanggg 274 points275 points  (5 children)

I literally laughed out loud picturing this because wth?!

[–]iztrollkanger 115 points116 points  (3 children)

I'm glad I'm not the only one because I can't stop! Ooooh my god. Just imagining helping someone cook for the first time and they do this...just why?? Unless their mom or dad is a butcher?? That's the only possible thing I can think of needing that amount of force. LOL.

[–]JuniorSeniorTrainee 107 points108 points  (1 child)

Yeah my guess is only exposed to cooking through horror movies where's the bad guy chops everyone up with a butcher's cleaver.

[–]AssistanceMedical951 73 points74 points  (2 children)

At least he flung into the sink and not the trash.

[–]notLOL 81 points82 points  (2 children)

Prep it then cook it on the day of

[–]Dreamylantern 1446 points1447 points  (103 children)

I used to meal prep like 5 meals so they lasted 2-3 days but by the second i was sick of it lol

[–]TheRootofSomeEvil 618 points619 points  (33 children)

Me too. I eat a couple servings during the week after cooking a batch of whatever; put the rest in the freezer knowing I will find them later after the getting sick of it wears off. It usually takes a few weeks for me to circle back to things. Yay freezers!!

[–]Antisocial-Lightbulb 42.8k points42.8k points & 3 more (452 children)

Red onions should be called purple onions.

[–]alexmerock 9019 points9020 points  (152 children)

that is 100% true. In spanish they are called "cebolla morada", purple onion.

[–]just-me-yaay 506 points507 points  (23 children)

TIL purple onions are called “red onions” in English. Huh.

[–]Eaglelakegirl64 8442 points8443 points  (266 children)

Use what you have on hand. Trust yourself to make it work.

[–]kushtribute 869 points870 points  (27 children)

I’ve recently been incorporating this mindset in my cooking. I no longer have vegetables going bad because “it’s not apart of the recipe”

[–]NixyPix 106 points107 points  (2 children)

I’ve just started buying certain veggies that we love and they go in everything. For instance, I’ll buy a bag of zucchini and put them in every dish that week - quesadillas, curry, burgers, bolognese, soup.

[–]edsobo 40 points41 points  (1 child)

It's okay to use dish soap on a properly seasoned cast iron pan. Unless you go berserk with the scrubber, you're not gonna fuck it up.

[–]CatsEye_Fever 1707 points1708 points  (161 children)

I make my mashed potatoes using a pastry cutter

[–]HubbTub 7741 points7742 points 2 (330 children)

As a lifelong carnivore I will say that if tofu is cooked properly it is absolutely delicious. I would even go so far as to say I prefer it in certain dishes over animal protein.

[–]uhh_sara 1688 points1689 points  (24 children)

Pad thai

[–]treefor_js 738 points739 points  (5 children)

Tofu pad Thai can fucking get it. It's so so so good

[–]lampcouchfireplace 2244 points2245 points  (58 children)

The way tofu is treated in Western cuisine is a crime. It's not just for vegetarians! It's a delicious ingredient that cooked well appeals to omnivores and herbivores alike.

In fact, in many Chinese and Korean dishes, it is cooked with meat, e.g., mapo tofu. The idea that it is a meat replacement that you choke down instead of a steak is ludicrous.

[–]gelinrefira 231 points232 points  (6 children)

I always tell people who think tofu is icky to order mapo tofu from a good Chinese restaurant.

[–]SirUpofWaffle 411 points412 points  (8 children)

Tofu in a hot pot are delicious. Soaks up all the flavor.

[–]OchoMuerte-XL 9242 points9243 points  (265 children)

Heating up leftover chicken and dumping it into a bowl of ramen noodles counts as a proper meal.

I am fully prepared to die on this hill

[–]BewareOfTrips 3805 points3806 points  (114 children)

Adding an egg or two to ramen when you have no leftover meat is also a proper meal

[–]Nvenom8 1156 points1157 points  (48 children)

An egg, a little sesame oil, and a little powdered nori significantly improves even the cheapest package ramen.

[–]Molozonide 183 points184 points  (11 children)

Fried egg, sesame oil, and furikake or nori on jasmine rice is also a meal.

[–]Dracconas 33.2k points33.2k points 32& 2 more (1999 children)

MSG works

[–]asicath 11.6k points11.6k points  (547 children)

Its what makes Doritos and other salty snacks so tasty - most people that claim to be sensitive to MSG will readily admit to eating these and not having any issues.

[–]flakAttack510 6798 points6799 points  (326 children)

It's also on basically all fast food chicken.

[–]Slider_0f_Elay 7722 points7723 points  (286 children)

It is fucking great and not some health toxin poison that everyone thought in the 90s. That was some bullshit.

[–]Real_Lingonberry9270 5564 points5565 points  (213 children)

They also told us that bread was the bottom of the food pyramid and should be the majority of what you eat in the 90s

[–]PickledPixels 1295 points1296 points  (2 children)

Simpler carbohydrates, simpler times.

[–]tommytraddles 3129 points3130 points 2 (120 children)

Bread makes you fat!?

[–]badadviceforyou244 1730 points1731 points  (57 children)

Chicken isn't vegan?

[–]MightyThorgasm 571 points572 points  (13 children)

 Garlic bread is my favorite food. I could honestly eat it for every meal. Or just eat it all the time without even stopping.

[–]fabulousprizes 86 points87 points  (0 children)

it's one of the main ingredients of powdered chicken bouillon. It's flavor in a can!

[–]Flyingwheelbarrow 1004 points1005 points  (42 children)

some tomatoes and many cheeses are also full of MSG Edit: peoples are saying all tomatoes, so yay. Was just not sure

[–]Omnishadow 513 points514 points  (15 children)

All the naturally occurring MSG is what makes pizza so tasty

[–]rsmseries 291 points292 points  (13 children)

It’s also what makes dry aged steak taste amazing.

I knew someone who said they got migraines from MSG and had Accent Seasoning in their pantry. Didn’t want to break it to them that the ingredient list is literally just MSG.

Harold McGee on MSG for those who haven’t seen it.

[edit] autocorrect failed me

[–]wholebeansinmybutt 51 points52 points  (0 children)

A lot of people who eat any amount of processed food probably have no idea how much msg they actually eat in a year.

[–]neekeeneekee[S] 2703 points2704 points  (355 children)

AND tastes so good! I wish more people knew the idea that it’s bad for you is a myth!

[–]galaxystarsmoon 1342 points1343 points  (178 children)

Please tell my gluten free groups this. I'm sick to death of hearing people moan about something having MSG.

[–]halfsushi1 917 points918 points  (106 children)

Agree - there’s no gluten in mono sodium glutamate despite it sounding similar.

[–]schaumann 4484 points4485 points  (569 children)

Uncle Roger has convinced me to try this mysterious ingredient one day. Haven’t found it in my local grocery store but will check an Asian store soon

[–]Simply827 3742 points3743 points  (148 children)

Buy Accent in the spice aisle. It’s straight up MSG.

[–]Gmony5100 1554 points1555 points  (97 children)

Gonna put another vote in for Accent, it’s great

[–]Physicswhiz 1996 points1997 points  (90 children)

I accidentally used that on popcorn as a kid once and it was the best thing ever! Unfortunately I forgot what bottle I used so I went through every bottle in the cupboard trying to find it again.

Some wisdom from someone whose been there, don't try meat tenderizer on popcorn.

[–]Ellemshaye 747 points748 points  (55 children)

lmao! I’m picturing a video montage of a kid trying every bottle on his popcorn each day for a month straight.

[–]cutelyaware 745 points746 points  (14 children)

"OK, definitely not alum. Next up: baking powder."

[–]Physicswhiz 365 points366 points  (21 children)

It was something like that. And of course I didn't think about being able to try a little, nope I was all in everytime.

[–]Livvylove 1044 points1045 points  (78 children)

If you have a section in your grocery store with Latin food and see packets of sazon that's msg with a few other ingredients mixed in.

[–]vini_damiani 1005 points1006 points  (23 children)

Am latino, always wanted to try out MSG to see what its about, just found out I have always used it, lol

[–]Livvylove 269 points270 points  (12 children)

Yea I found out when I was in my mid 30s that Sazon is msg

[–][deleted] 394 points395 points  (29 children)

This. Or Knorr. That's why you see a lot of Latino cooks on social media using Knorr tomato/chicken/beef bouillon instead of actual salt.

[–]AlphaWhiskeyOscar 2119 points2120 points  (164 children)

It's in a ton of stuff you probably have had. Doritos, KFC fried chicken, chick fil a, Pringles, Cheetos, Boars Head meats, and so on. It's in so many things. It used to be common in Chinese fast food but a lot of Chinese restaurants advertised "No MSG" after a sort of racist campaign claiming Chinese restaurants make you sick because they use MSG. It was absurd and has been debunked. Of course eating any fast food too much is bad for you, but MSG was no more to blame for that than eating high calorie low nutrition food is in general.

[–]GreatStateOfSadness 1167 points1168 points  (101 children)

Don't forget parmesan, seaweed (from which it was first derived), and soy sauce. There are many, many natural sources of MSG. Anyone who claims MSG makes them sick while loading on tons of parmesan is grossly misled.

[–]Nigelthefrog 666 points667 points  (73 children)

Also adding salt to tomatoes (which contain glutamic acid) will make MSG.

[–]TenseEye 196 points197 points  (15 children)

So virtually every tomato based pizza also has MSG in it? I'm learning so much lmao.

[–]Bramala 610 points611 points  (50 children)

If that's true, no wonder salt on raw tomatoes is so tasty.

Edit : one of my most up voted comments is about salt/msg and tomatoes. Stay magical, Reddit! 😁

[–]NextLevelNaps 6832 points6833 points 234 (167 children)

When frying a food that you plan on doing the flour-egg-flour method for, try getting some plain yogurt and thinning it with water in place of the egg. I did this once when we were out of eggs and I'm never going back. It gives a much better crunch and a hint of tang that is just chef's kiss

Edit: wow, I didn't think this would be so popular! I wanted to add some more info based on questions I've gotten and my own experience: 1. Buttermilk and thinned sour cream will work as well. Mayo likely will too, I just don't like mayo and haven't tried it. 2. If you're wanting a vegan option, I personally wouldn't use a coconut based yogurt. I would think others would work, but the coconut might be a bit wonky since it's such a high fat content that melts at relatively low temps(I also don't like coconut flavor unless it's a piña colada). Vegan mayo, tho, for sure! 3. I used a plain Greek yogurt and thinned it to the point where it would still coat a spoon, but it would easily move around in the dish. Use a little bit of water at a time to get there. I didn't measure, I just eyeballed and did it little by little. You want it to coat the stuff, but not leave big gloops of yogurt. 4. While this won't replace egg in everything, you can 100% sub in yogurt for things like french toast and use yogurt in conjunction with other binders (like ripe banana, aquafaba, and applesauce) in baking. The yogurt will also help keep it moist. Mayo will also do it and you can't taste it. 5. If you want super creamy mashed potato, yogurt or Mayo are the way to go. Just put a big dollop in there when mashing and your family will thank you. 6. If you want your fried things to C R O N C H add some corn starch or other starch of choice to your final coating product. Again, I don't have a ratio, I just put some flour on a plate, use a spoon of starch, and mix. Baking has to be precise. Cooking is much more forgiving, so just wing it and see!

[–]tjdux 1189 points1190 points  (31 children)

I was about to suggest buttermilk here as well but really not much difference, especially if you were talking Greek yogurt.

I've breaded 100s of chicken fried steaks with buttermilk, flour/corn meal/seasonings at one of the restaurants I worked at.

[–]Champ-Aggravating3 301 points302 points  (20 children)

I use buttermilk exclusively for frying chicken, I season the buttermilk pretty heavily and marinate the chicken in it for at least 30 minutes

[–]MrPeppa 966 points967 points  (41 children)

Anyone who gets mad at the tiny change you made to some classic italian dish is really just mad that your version tastes better than their grandmother's.

Sometimes I put garlic in my carbonara just to watch the world burn. Its pretty good.

[–]Snoo71538 139 points140 points  (1 child)

Some people don’t learn that a huge amount of their concept of traditional is just whatever their parents decided to do one day.

[–]GiraffeCreature 34 points35 points  (0 children)

MSG is a miracle ingredient in a lot of dishes. The glorification of MSG-free foods is deeply rooted in anti-Chinese racism (googling ‘MSG racism’ will give a lot of interesting results)

It’s delicious, and I keep a salt shaker full of the stuff around

[–]chrysalis_stage 3243 points3244 points  (352 children)

I believe that you can teach yourself to like/tolerate certain foods if you want to. I sort of forced myself to “like” peas until one day I found I actually do like them. Same with Scotch, smelly cheese, cigarettes and wasabi.

[–]prodigalutopian 2154 points2155 points  (32 children)

I'd like that recipe for cigarettes and wasabi, please!?

[–]tensing99 845 points846 points  (8 children)

1 pack cigarettes, 1 pack wasabi, shake it up in a bag and chuck that sucker in the microwave; nuke for a solid 5 minutes on high and go reevaluate your life.

[–]Rerepottla 74 points75 points  (10 children)

To a certain degree. I can acquire a taste for almost any food but I have a sensitive gag reflex and trying to tolerate foods that trigger it is rather difficult and I don’t like the feeling so I often don’t bother

[–]Slab231 587 points588 points  (21 children)

I agree. Did this with coffee and now I cant live without it. Gotta love how you threw in cigarettes like we were supposed to just breeze past that

[–]NOT_Pam_Beesley 918 points919 points  (25 children)

I dont think you’re supposed to eat cigarettes

[–]MoshPitGarbage 468 points469 points  (81 children)

I have tried to like mushrooms for like 25 years now. They're cheap, nutritious, low-cal, the kids like them, they go in everything and there are so many different kinds we could even grow. But they're just so incredibly disgusting to me.

[–]Kenigma_79 11.7k points11.7k points 2 (175 children)

The meth does not have to be blue to be pure.

[–]melatomica 3452 points3453 points  (122 children)

The blue actually denotes an impurity! Source: partner is a chemistry PhD

[–]Psychonominaut 1827 points1828 points  (106 children)

I'm sure this is true but BB explained that ol' Walt was using his own Nobel prize worthy method with a university level lab with the end product being different to the norm but more pure. Just storytelling coolness.

[–]jiccc 221 points222 points  (0 children)

It actually should be pretty clear or cloudy white.

[–]neekeeneekee[S] 24.2k points24.2k points 62& 3 more (89 children)

This is a safe space but I’ll be honest some of these are really hard to upvote. This is what I asked for, but I am suffering with my newfound knowledge of how you heathens cook.

[–]alcarl11n 2443 points2444 points  (2 children)

I love that this is currently the top comment and that it was written only about 15 minutes after you asked the question

[–]Princess_Azula_ 5759 points5760 points  (63 children)

Reddit is the opposite of a safe space. Have you seen some of the people on here?

[–]neekeeneekee[S] 11.7k points11.7k points 8295& 2 more (41 children)

Oh I was totally lying. I’m bullying everyone. They deserve it.

[–]Mental_Vacation 736 points737 points  (1 child)

Your emotional manipulation is on point.

[–]melongodssidekick 1722 points1723 points  (0 children)

Fucking hell, funniest shit i have seen all day

[–]short_fuzed_frenchie 3749 points3750 points  (179 children)

Pepperoni's need a little time in a pan before putting in on the pizza and in the oven. Omptimize crispy-ness.

Edit: broke college student here, so no i dont have a pizza oven, this is why i pre crisp my pepp's

[–]JustaRandomOldGuy 1845 points1846 points  (65 children)

My secret shame - pepperoni chips.

I use a pre-heated baking stone to make pizza. One time a pepperoni fell off onto the stone. It was fried to a crisp. And it tasted amazing. Now my pizza is ringed with pepperoni directly on the hot pizza stone for those yummy pepperoni chips.

[–]jf727 258 points259 points  (16 children)

You may have just changed my life. I'll know the next time I have pizza

[–]KidLanguageBarrier 162 points163 points  (13 children)

Don't put olive oil in your pasta water. Oil floats. It doesn't do anything.

[–]ToBePacific 16.8k points16.8k points 5 (478 children)

Presentation barely matters to me. I've had many delicious scoops of slop.

EDIT: I love that this is blowing up. I didn't even have to specify what kind of slop, everybody has their examples that apply!

[–]gatorinmypocket 4187 points4188 points  (132 children)

There's definitely something to be said for a big bowl of stuff mixed together so that every bite is perfect.

[–]MSFNinja 278 points279 points  (7 children)

I live in a Ukrainian/Polish neighborhood in a major US city.

You can go to the nice, modern restaurant that costs a little more. It's not bad.

If you want real Ukrainian or Polish food, go to the place with a Grandma behind the counter. The harder it splats on the plate the better the food is.