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Old 02-11-2016, 01:21 AM
W. Hilditch W. Hilditch is offline
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Default Beware of YouTube Chefs

One 300 lb. guy I recently watched said never cut veggies into small pieces and donít add a little oil to the water when boiling pasta. He was using a 20 qt. pot half full to boil a lb. of spaghetti. He wasnít cooking a half lb. in a 3 1/2 qt. pot where those few drops of oil keep most of the stove from being covered in a thin crust of salt from the boiling water by reducing splashing.

I cringe when I see a Chef that does not know how to hold a knife or crack an egg. I have determined that a cook never uses two hands to crack open an egg, unless it is to separate the yolk, and real chef can crack an egg open with one hand without getting any egg white on their fingers.

It is best to look for clues as a white jacket does not make a chef, even if he/she has been on tv.

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Old 02-11-2016, 08:44 AM
Tony Gilliam Tony Gilliam is offline
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Default Re: Beware of YouTube Chefs

W, I couldn't agree more! I am fairly new to cooking, well since my retirement in 2014 and I look to YouTube for ideas and recipes. I have ran across many "Chefs" that like the sound of their own voice or have a different agenda and blab about it while "Cooking".
I generally glean what I can from them and makeup the rest as I go along.
I have found a few that are very good cooks and only talk about what they are cooking.
You mentioned cracking an egg with one hand and holding a knife correctly. I would like to add, Salt and pepper to taste. A lot of good cooks don't have 30 bottles of spices in the cupboard, they let the food develop the flavor then salt and pepper to taste.
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Old 02-11-2016, 09:18 AM
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Speaking of salt and pepper to taste, I believe I am the only human to hate raw salt. I never understood salting something after is was done cooking. I feel mildly insulted if someone does that to my food. Kinda like using steak sauce. <end rant>
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Old 02-11-2016, 10:02 AM
Tony Gilliam Tony Gilliam is offline
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Justin, Maybe try some sea salt. It has a different flavor than the Iodized salt.
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Old 02-11-2016, 10:37 AM
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Speaking of salt and pepper to taste, I believe I am the only human to hate raw salt. I never understood salting something after is was done cooking. I feel mildly insulted if someone does that to my food. Kinda like using steak sauce. <end rant>
So you don't like things like potato chips, pretzels, or saltine crackers? Just wondering. I'm a saltaholic.
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Old 02-11-2016, 11:28 AM
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Default Re: Beware of YouTube Chefs

This is true of everything on youtube...whatever it is you're good at, you can find tons of bad examples of it on youtube.
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Old 02-11-2016, 12:50 PM
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Justin, Maybe try some sea salt. It has a different flavor than the Iodized salt.
Tony
I have, I'm just salt sensitive I guess

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So you don't like things like potato chips, pretzels, or saltine crackers? Just wondering. I'm a saltaholic.

Some yes, some no. I generally steer in the direction of less salty snacks
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Old 02-11-2016, 05:25 PM
W. Hilditch W. Hilditch is offline
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At the risk of hijacking my own thread I do find salt has the potential to intensify the flavor of the food to which it is added. In reality it probably doesnít affect the flavor of the food so much as it as it affects our taste buds. As a 70 yo guy who goes by just Hilditch, I have half the taste buds I had in my 30ís, and half of them are sleeping at any point in time. I have no urge to taste the salt, just the food it is on.

I find my taste buds pay very little attention to mined, chemically treated, iodized salt as it had a 50 year head start and I really donít love it. I do like sea salt as it does get my awake taste buds to pay attention and transfer the flavor of the food. I have found that Fleur De Sel (flower of the salt) De Camargue used as a finishing salt wakes up all my taste buds for an enhanced flavor experience. Expensive? Yes. Worth it? Times 10. It goes a long way without any significant flavor of its own.

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Old 02-11-2016, 05:39 PM
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Since this thread has taken a turn ...

I recently worked at a seasoning manufacturing plant. At the time, they were doing a run of table salt. The head of the QC lab explained to me that there is no difference between table salt and sea salt. It is just ground differently.
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Old 02-11-2016, 05:45 PM
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Different salts have a different flavor. Yes you are right on the basic sea salt you buy at the market though. Flavor inhancer? Try sugar if you do not like salt. Yes it works.

And always beware of anyone that call them self a chef. It is earned not declared by the cook.
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