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Do you usually cook by exact recipe or just by eye?

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Usually when I or my husband cook we never use measuring. Actually I don't even have any in my house. The food always turns out good and fine. I guess maybe it's just something after time you get used to, and you can just tell or tweak it. I'm not a chef and never have been,just wondering if most people do this? Sometimes I feel like if I do use measuring cups(just normal household cups is as close as it gets) , it turns out worse than if I just would have winged it. Anyone else?
asked Aug 29, 2016 in Food and Drink by smyadmin

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Depends.

Baking, I follow the recipe exactly the first time, then after that first time I usually tweak things a bit. Baking is much more scientific than regular cooking so the moisture, dry good, leavening all interact in specific ways so following the tested and proven recipe is important.

For every day cooking I "eyeball" things, although when I am following a recipe I do pay attention to quantities and sometimes actually measure.

When I am working on a recipe, meaning I am trying to record exactly what I am doing to reproduce it or perfect it, I measure carefully, write everything down exactly and then take notes on what to try or adjust next time I make the recipe.

I do have multiple sets of measuring cups and spoons and find them helpful. I'm a good home chef and helped with a local cooking school for a few years.
answered Aug 29, 2016 by moscl

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