Do you ever put seasoning on you food before you even taste it?

@Ashida (1370)
United States
January 12, 2007 4:05pm CST
I will sometimes put salt on something before I've tasted. It doesn't make any sense, but I do it anyway.
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@irisheyes (4372)
• United States
13 Jan 07
I used to. I always used to just sort of automatically grab for the salt and pepper before I did anything else. Then one day many years ago, I was having lunch with a friend and she told me (after noticing me season up)that her grandfather always used to judge people by whether they seasoned first or tasted and then seasoned. Her grandfather handpicked just about every Republican candidate for public office in Pennsylvania at the time. They called him the "kingmaker". After that I changed my methed. Never know when you're being tested, right? Actually, it probably makes more sense to taste first.
@Ashida (1370)
• United States
13 Jan 07
I like that -- any ideas which one was better according to her grandfather? I assume people who tasted first, but it may not be that simple.
@irisheyes (4372)
• United States
13 Jan 07
Oh yes, she said that he wouldn't hire or recommend or back anyone who didn't taste first. He thought they showed poor judgement and were wasteful if they just seasoned up. Apparently, it was a test and he liked to take people to lunch to see if they came up to snuff.
@irisheyes (4372)
• United States
15 Jan 07
Thanks for the little pencil on this one.
• United States
12 Jan 07
That's so funny!! I ahve never thoguht about it until I read your headline, but I do it too!! I guess we just know that we want salt on it. I put salt on my eggs and a few other things, so I guess I am just used to havign salt on them - so I put it on. Very unique discussion by the way!!
@Ashida (1370)
• United States
12 Jan 07
I appreciate your response (and compliment!) I've always been fascinated by the little things people do that really on't make a lot of sense when you think about them.
14 Jan 07
It sometimes happens that you are eating at a place or at somebodies place that you know tastes a certain way. In your case isn't as salty as you want your food to be. So I guess I do it sometimes as well. Like at a Pizza place you might put chilli flakes and oregano on it before you even taste it. Extra salt can be really harmful for your health though...
@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
14 Jan 07
I used to automatically put salt on just about everything before tasting it, but I have changed that behavior since I started medications for high blood pressure. It sure was a hard habit to break, that's for sure! My taste buds were so accustomed to salty foods that it took a long time to "retrain" them. Now I am sure to taste first, and generally it's OK without salt. The only things that I know I need to salt automatically are eggs and tomatoes- I can't eat them without added salt!
@Angelwriter (1955)
• United States
14 Jan 07
Not always, but I often add salt to something before I taste it. I tend to like more salt than most people, so I usually assume that I'm going to want more beforehand.
@xkaraix (596)
• Australia
14 Jan 07
I do! Generally its something I know will need salt like hot chips. Sometimes I don't expect to need any salt and then take a bite and it definately needs seasoning. I guess if you eat enough of something you get to know what it needs without tasting it first.
• India
13 Jan 07
I love putting salt n pepper on everything i eat. It just gives a yummy taste !
@sylviekitty (2083)
• United States
13 Jan 07
Well, I typically don't use seasoning on food. Not unless it's a baked potato, and then I put a little pepper on it. Or if it's steak, I use steak sauce (on the side). I don't mind eating something by itself first, then seeing if it needs some seasoning. I typically don't use salt or seasonings unless the recipe calls for it, or unless it's a type of food where you might typically use a "condiment". I have a cousin who freaked out because her boyfriend would put seasoning on everything, without ever tasting the food first.