For those of you that cook

@eseomame (1146)
United States
May 3, 2007 8:31am CST
When you are cooking a meal, do you stick around like a monitor or pop in every now and then to check the status of your meal or you are the kind of person that's perfect with timing and knows exactly when the meal is cooked?
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11 responses
@creematee (2810)
• United States
3 May 07
My oven has such a tricky thermostat that I HAVE to check it every so often--just to make sure it is cooking, or not buring. If I'm cooking on the stovetop, i frequently stir the goods--again, to make sure they are not sticking. I also have been know to completely forget about the dinner in the oven, just to find burned SOMETHING in the oven the next morning. SO lucky we didn't start a fire! LOL! I attributed the burning smell to cleaning the oven (which I forget I do as well!) I guess I'm saying I should just stay out of the kitchen. LOL!!
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@eseomame (1146)
• United States
3 May 07
Ha ha... that's funny LOL. Please do stay out of the kitchen, for my sake.
@creematee (2810)
• United States
4 May 07
Thank you very much for the BR. :) I'll also let you know that I successfully baked frozen pizzas for dinner last night. They were perfectly crisp! :)
@CatNPK (461)
• United States
3 May 07
It really depends on what I'm cooking. A brand new recipe I might pay a lot more attention to. I use a timer, so for things that go in the oven and have a set time I rarely check on until the timer goes off. Most of the time I am cooking multiple items at once, so I'll be in the kitchen and occasionally stir such and such dish while prepping for another one.
@eseomame (1146)
• United States
4 May 07
You must be good with cooking. Anybody who can make more than one dish at a time without getting them burned, I think is good.
@lightningMD (5937)
• United States
3 May 07
It depends on what I'm cooking. Some things need constant attention and some things can be popped into the oven and you dont have to worry about them until the timer rings. I usually set the timer for 5 minutes less than the recipe calls for and check it. Then I can decide how much longer it needs.
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@eseomame (1146)
• United States
4 May 07
You are right, some things do need more attention than others, however I just have the desire and lack of skills to keep checking :(
@amoreco (180)
• United States
3 May 07
I ussually use a timer,but at the same time I know when is ready...
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@eseomame (1146)
• United States
3 May 07
Lucky you. It means you could never go wrong in the kitchen.
@cutepenguin (6458)
• Canada
3 May 07
I have to stick around. I'm awful with timing, I never have the different dishes done at the same time or anything like that. Fortunately, my apartment is very small, and so my computer is right next to the kitchen.
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@eseomame (1146)
• United States
3 May 07
Me too, i never dare to try doing more than one dish at the same time.. as only one will definitely come out well.
@peaceful (3286)
• United States
3 May 07
As an experienced contest cook, I've developed a sense of "rhythm" when it comes to meal preparation and cooking, it' sort of like musicianship, which is another thing that I do... Timing, I find is learned in the earlier stages of development, and it becomes second nature as one grows... I can visualize each stage of different portions on a particular set of foods as they cook, and it doesn't seem unusual for me to dream about prepping a meal, including shopping for the ingredients at all! :) Great question! A recipe calculator for you: http://www.cookingbynumbers.com
@eseomame (1146)
• United States
3 May 07
Thanks for the link... I'll check it out now and lucky you. You have a good timing with cooking. Happy cooking!!!
@luannemay (258)
• Philippines
3 May 07
I am not good at timing, i always check the status of food i am cooking from time to time. I always monitor so it wont burn. Before i tried doing it but i ended up with burnt food which no one would eat. Waste of time, waste of energy and waste of money.
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@eseomame (1146)
• United States
3 May 07
That's exactly me. Once, I tried reading in between but could not get any concentration... as imagined.
@lynboobsy11 (11347)
• Philippines
3 May 07
Ya I'm just one who's doing that, I like monitoring the one that's in the stove. I just wnat to make sure that the ingredients are very well cook specially the meat and the vegetables are not over cooked.
@eseomame (1146)
• United States
3 May 07
Yea, we don't want what we have left on fire to taste horrible and produce some bad smoke smell, do we?
@fazelath (1176)
• India
3 May 07
i pop in every now ans then to check the status of the meal and in between i do the other cores in the kitchen,
@eseomame (1146)
• United States
3 May 07
That's pretty much me, but whether I do other chores in the kitchen in between is what I am not so sure of now.
@jessemt35 (294)
• Qatar
5 May 07
When I am cooking something I always pop in and try to taste what I am cooking that even my wife and my mom tells me that when it is done it would almost be half consumed by my constant popping in, funny isn't it? He he he
@eseomame (1146)
• United States
5 May 07
He he he he... that's really funny... it means you drink so much water too.
@aweins (4203)
• India
4 May 07
It depends on the dish i m making and for whom i m making. if i have to make it for some guests i stick to it like a monitor, if i have to cook a special dish and i know the timings i pop in every now and then and i m making my regular meal, then i sit as i knowthe exact timings now.
@eseomame (1146)
• United States
5 May 07
Yea, I think everybody wants to impree the guests... so we all stick around, even if we know the perfect timing. :)