Cooking Utensils and Cooking

@SomeCowgirl (32257)
United States
July 7, 2010 4:19am CST
When I lived with my grandparents I used to make Scrambled Eggs, I always used a big plastic fork with two prongs, one of the prongs being kind of broken off. WELL, that got thrown away or something happened to, and since then I just COULDN'T Cook Scrambled Eggs anymore, or so I thought. Ya see it was a mental thing, I thought I couldn't cook them because I didn't have my special fork, so that made me actually not be able to cook an egg. Well I was told to cook an egg about a week or two ago and guess what? C'mon you already know... I did it. So that just goes to show ya that it's not so much the utensils you use, but the techniques you learn! Have you ever had a special utensil that you THOUGHT made something taste better, or cook better? but then you found out it didn't? or is it just me, crazy me? LOL
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@rosepedal64 (4191)
• United States
7 Jul 10
We love cornbread and my grandmother always said that you need to cook cornbread in that skillet only. So when I first got married my mom gave me an iron skillet so that I cook cornbread in it. It wasn't until about two years ago that I found out that cornbread is just as good in any pan as it is in the iron skillet. I do however still have the ideal in my head that it is better tasting in the iron skillet.
@GardenGerty (112410)
• United States
7 Jul 10
I always make cornbread in an iron skillet. I preheat it on the burner and that way I get a crispy brown crust on the bottom. I have made it other ways, even muffins, but it is better in the iron skillets.
@hellcowboy (7380)
• United States
22 Jul 10
I know that somethings are in peoples heads and that you can fix a really good egg even without your plastic fork,and I know that I have things that I do not think I can do or do not want to do without something lucky,and I know when it comes to playing the 360 I do not like playing it without my lucky controller even though I know I can,and I know I do not like eating cereal without my lucky bowl and I know I could if I had to,I love you with all of my heart and soul.
@Memnon (2173)
13 Jul 10
Not myself, but my partner cannot make a salad without it being in a bowl. I usually prepare a salad on the plate- interesting layouts, feathering in etc. But no, for my lady it always has to go in a bowl, with tongs. That's 2 more things to wash up!
@yresh12 (3217)
• Philippines
11 Jul 10
Hi SCG!! Am not familiar with prongS... Tell me about it. I see I understand how you feel. It's psychological thing, we always think that we could not get things done when something is missing on the way on how we do it. We are not crazy it's just that its been part of our system and routine and doing something unfamiliar is a bit hard because you have to adjust and do it all over again...
@cream97 (29166)
• United States
10 Jul 10
Hi, SomeCowgirl. When I was younger, we used a big spoon to stir the food in the pot with. But now, I don't use this same spoon. I use a big spoon that is 2 times the size of a tablespoon. And this works really good in stirring the food in the pot. I always stir my eggs and cook it with a fork that is long.
@bounce58 (17457)
• Canada
9 Jul 10
In a way, I have something similar. When I barbecue steaks, I use a special rubber brush to coat the meat with oil or salt and pepper. People who'd eat my steak would always say that it tastes great. Once I had grill some steaks without using the brush. People said my steak wasn't as good. I'm pretty sure that the meat had something to do with it, but maybe the absence of the brush did affect the taste!
@ladyhope (377)
• Canada
7 Jul 10
When I was young, I would always go to my grandparent's house to help them cook. However, I would never cook if I couldn't wear my special apron for some reason, like if it was in the laundry. Even now, in my twenties, I will not cook without an apron. I have a few to choose from so I make sure one is always clean and available. It's not a utensil, but it is cooking related. This must sound weird!
• Philippines
7 Jul 10
You just need to get a little creative and use whatever utensils you have at home to work for you. As with cooking, substitution of ingredients is acceptable, so should it be on the utensils used during cooking. Believe me, cooking utensils are easier to find substitutes to versus baking. Until now I'm still trying to figure out the difference between a strainer and a shifter!
@dawnald (84076)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Jul 10
I have utensils that I prefer over others, but none that have special powers (that I know of)...
@GardenGerty (112410)
• United States
7 Jul 10
When I was younger, I did have certain utensils I would use. Even funnier to me was the fact that I could not make pancakes, not even from a mix, until I found the most complicated pancake recipe on earth, and I could make them just fine. I had to separate the eggs, beat the whites til fluffy and fold them in at the end. Now I can make pancakes out of anything, in anything, and I never use that method anymore, but it was necessary then. I think I was about your age at that time, and it was what worked for me then.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
7 Jul 10
My daughtr has one specail fork she eats with has a fit if she cant find it we did have some small salad forks she and her daughtr liked and we cant find them not sure where they went. BUt no I just use any thing that is handy to cook with.
@alaskanray (4642)
• United States
7 Jul 10
LOL...well, when I was a kid my dad had a Coke glass that I swear just made the milk taste better than any other glass I could drink out of. I've since had Coke glasses of different shapes and sizes but none of them ever made my milk taste as good as my dad's Coke glass did. Go figure, eh?