Learning How To Cook Thru Trial and Error

@Stirtime (269)
United States
March 7, 2009 8:45pm CST
I'm not a professional cook, by no means, even though my family says I should be a Chef in a restaurant or catering, making my culinary ideas available and pleasing to everyone's plate. I never went to culinary school or took any kind of classes I just learned by my mistakes and with a little bit of experimenting with my edible designs I've learned what goes good with what. I still have my disasters and occasionally burn a biscuit or two but normally I can always be sure my family will enjoy what I put in front of them.. So tell us, how did you learn to cook?
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@thorgrym (677)
• United States
8 Mar 09
I am much the same way. I learned mostly through trial and error. I love to cook. I will generally try to 'create' something by combining tastes that should work well together. If at first I don't succeed, I am at least able to salvage something that is at least edible. The second time around, I can generally get the result that I was after in the first place because I can identify how I screwed it up the first time. I do like to peruse recipes, though, to get some ideas.
@Stirtime (269)
• United States
8 Mar 09
Yes I do the same LOL the funny thing is I hardly ever keep track of what I used to create a dish the 1st time so when I go to make it again It always comes out different. I think I have about a dozen "MEATLOAF" recipes that all seem to stem from 1 but they have all been thoroughly enjoy, not your average meatloaf! My boys (well men now) always say...
@thorgrym (677)
• United States
8 Mar 09
Heh, yeah if I wrote things down I would probably do even better the second time around. I kind of just remember what I did the first time around that should probably have been different. I think the experimentation is half the fun, though.
@kaplima24 (111)
• Philippines
9 Mar 09
My parents love to cook. When I was a child, I use to meddle with them in the kitchen. They just let me do things like chopping vegetables and cleaning the kitchen area. Then when I was already a teen, they let me cook simple foods and the rest is history. I also enjoy watching cooking shows to get some tips from the expert. I am not really an expert cook but I can say those foods I cooked are always appreciated and its a motivating factor for me.
• Philippines
8 Mar 09
I learned how to cook at an early age, around 11 years old. Our family had no maids or yayas. My parents wer working and most of the time we feed ourselves when we were growing. I started cooking rice, then egg, until I started with simple dishes. My mother was my tutor and Iwas always there to observe when she cooked. When I was in my college days, I already cooked foods for special occassion and loved baking too.
@icegermany (2524)
• India
8 Mar 09
its really nice that you cook so well and i just remembered my mom, even my mom is really a good cook. it is not only me telling this and all my family and relatives tell this and even i think sometimes why my mom cant start up a catering service. i wasnt knowing cooking and after my wedding i have to start cooking and hence i learned. i learned cooking from my mom, i use to write the details and then try it out. at first i wasnt doing so well and then i started analysing the mistakes and now i myself do and try more dishes and i do it better than before but not like my mom. it is really we learn more from our mistakes.
@lucas16 (98)
• Philippines
8 Mar 09
trial and error rules!! have a nice day!!
@lucas16 (98)
• Philippines
8 Mar 09
yes! You are right about that in trial and Error.. you will lear from your mistakes..i learned how to cook by dial pizza or chinese food with in my area!!! rock on!!
@earthsong (589)
• United States
8 Mar 09
I learned the same way, trial and error. I also do a lot of adapting other recipes to fit my needs. With a family of six to feed I'm not real big on presentation, but taste is very important.
@eagle_f15 (2054)
• Malaysia
8 Mar 09
I learnt cooking through trial and error as well. But more so learned it through my husband's encouragement and good words he spoke to me. Criticism was never from him but only gentle words and encouragement even when I make mistake like need to put more salt or less salt in the cooking or need to add some ingredients more or decrease it. I really learn this from him that encouragement given will take one person a long way. And I am glad for that. I am also glad for you that your family encourages you too though at times mistake was made. But chance was given. I just can't stand those who complain and criticize it just makes me nervous and at the edge of my chair and I am glad my husband is not like that if not it would be very hard to cook for him.
@Ritchelle (3797)
• Philippines
8 Mar 09
i learned how to cook my favorite carbonara through trial and error and a little reading which led to: ramen boiled for 3 minutes, 2 tbsps. cream cheese and slices of spam. i also learned that there are many versions of spaghetti with different sauces straight from a can.
• United States
8 Mar 09
I grew up on a farm and my mother taught me the basics. She was very high on vegetables and required two vegetables at every supper meal. She always required a green vegetable and then a yellow, orange or red vegetable. A salad was always a good choice. She would not allow frying of any type for health reasons. When I went out on my own, I used the "Betty Crocker Cookbook." It is a good basic book that gets you started in new areas you haven't tried before like maybe simple cookies, hard boiled eggs, etc. As time has gone on, I have collected cookbooks and have a few favorites. Experimenting for me does not work so well because I don't think a have a good sense for what goes together. For some reason, I can read a recipe and figure out if it is good before I cook it.