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  • lynn_glenmontlynn_glenmont Posts: 7,119Member Member Posts: 7,119Member Member
    Sometime I laugh, sometimes I fume, when a recipe includes ingredients that are never mentioned in the directions. So, I just need to have the onion sit on the counter to watch while I make this stew?

    You beat me to it. Drives me nuts. Or the reverse-- "Add the milk." WHAT MILK?? And how much??

    Yes -- that's even worse.
  • MelG7777MelG7777 Posts: 2,990Member Member Posts: 2,990Member Member
    hmhill17 wrote: »
    One of my favorites is when the prep time says 10 minutes and the cook time says 20 minutes and in the middle of the recipe there's the hidden, "Let this marinate for 12 years to maximize the flavor." Sorry, that should be in the prep time then.


    “marinate 12 years to maximize flavor”

    Omg.....you are actually hilarious. Yes! I hate that too. 🤣
  • Katmary71Katmary71 Posts: 1,602Member Member Posts: 1,602Member Member
    Instant Pot recipes that don't include the time it takes for it to come to pressure and release pressure, it's a lot longer to cook than I think! Still love it though.
  • corinasue1143corinasue1143 Posts: 2,535Member Member Posts: 2,535Member Member
    This is not so much in a recipe, but of a recipe. Also it doesn’t amuse me, it makes me cross!

    Finding a recipe online which has been written/developed by someone who is not American, i.e. is given in grams, ml, etc and seeing a bunch of people complaining that they either had to convert it (oh the horror!), demanding the originator convert it to ‘regular’ measurements for them and just generally criticising the entire recipe because it’s not done in cups.

    I realise I’m probably offending a bunch of people here with this, so apologies if I do...but there are people in the world who are not American and the entire rest of the world does exist, eat and cook.

    I actually LIKE to prepare a recipe that is in grams. It’s easier to just use and wash 1 bowl and 1 spoon than all those measuring spoons and cups. But I’m still not good at estimating (do I have enough of this or do I need to run to the store?)

    But liquids in ml. Seriously, tell me. Do you weigh or measure? My scale has ml, but it is exactly the same as grams, and I don’t think it’s the same thing, is it?
  • BarbaraHelen2013BarbaraHelen2013 Posts: 690Member Member Posts: 690Member Member
    This is not so much in a recipe, but of a recipe. Also it doesn’t amuse me, it makes me cross!

    Finding a recipe online which has been written/developed by someone who is not American, i.e. is given in grams, ml, etc and seeing a bunch of people complaining that they either had to convert it (oh the horror!), demanding the originator convert it to ‘regular’ measurements for them and just generally criticising the entire recipe because it’s not done in cups.

    I realise I’m probably offending a bunch of people here with this, so apologies if I do...but there are people in the world who are not American and the entire rest of the world does exist, eat and cook.

    Can you please re-type your post in an American accent so we can all understand? Thaaaankssss... ;)

    Y’all made me guffaw! 😉
  • earlnabbyearlnabby Posts: 7,522Member Member Posts: 7,522Member Member
    This is not so much in a recipe, but of a recipe. Also it doesn’t amuse me, it makes me cross!

    Finding a recipe online which has been written/developed by someone who is not American, i.e. is given in grams, ml, etc and seeing a bunch of people complaining that they either had to convert it (oh the horror!), demanding the originator convert it to ‘regular’ measurements for them and just generally criticising the entire recipe because it’s not done in cups.

    I realise I’m probably offending a bunch of people here with this, so apologies if I do...but there are people in the world who are not American and the entire rest of the world does exist, eat and cook.

    I actually LIKE to prepare a recipe that is in grams. It’s easier to just use and wash 1 bowl and 1 spoon than all those measuring spoons and cups. But I’m still not good at estimating (do I have enough of this or do I need to run to the store?)

    But liquids in ml. Seriously, tell me. Do you weigh or measure? My scale has ml, but it is exactly the same as grams, and I don’t think it’s the same thing, is it?

    It is for water. It is close for milk. It is inaccurate for anything denser like oils, salad dressings, etc.
  • neugebauer52neugebauer52 Posts: 959Member Member Posts: 959Member Member
    Recipe for 4 people. (REALLY?)
    You can replace item xyz with kale.
    "Ask your butcher to cut..."
    Use left - overs for next meal. (Again: REALLY?)
  • BarbaraHelen2013BarbaraHelen2013 Posts: 690Member Member Posts: 690Member Member
    This is not so much in a recipe, but of a recipe. Also it doesn’t amuse me, it makes me cross!

    Finding a recipe online which has been written/developed by someone who is not American, i.e. is given in grams, ml, etc and seeing a bunch of people complaining that they either had to convert it (oh the horror!), demanding the originator convert it to ‘regular’ measurements for them and just generally criticising the entire recipe because it’s not done in cups.

    I realise I’m probably offending a bunch of people here with this, so apologies if I do...but there are people in the world who are not American and the entire rest of the world does exist, eat and cook.

    I actually LIKE to prepare a recipe that is in grams. It’s easier to just use and wash 1 bowl and 1 spoon than all those measuring spoons and cups. But I’m still not good at estimating (do I have enough of this or do I need to run to the store?)

    But liquids in ml. Seriously, tell me. Do you weigh or measure? My scale has ml, but it is exactly the same as grams, and I don’t think it’s the same thing, is it?

    Generally I use a calibrated measuring jug to measure liquids because, as you rightly say, it’s not always the same. It sort of depends what I’m making and how crucial total accuracy is to the end result.
  • mockchocmockchoc Posts: 6,132Member Member Posts: 6,132Member Member
    Recipe's for eggs that don't say what size the eggs are or if they are refrigerated or not before cooking. It make a BIG difference if you want a perfectly soft yolks.
  • just_Tomekjust_Tomek Posts: 7,212Member Member Posts: 7,212Member Member
    mockchoc wrote: »
    Recipe's for eggs that don't say what size the eggs are or if they are refrigerated or not before cooking. It make a BIG difference if you want a perfectly soft yolks.

    Always assume room temp.
  • ldscott716ldscott716 Posts: 4Member, Premium Member Posts: 4Member, Premium Member
    I too laugh at garlic amounts in most recipes and then add a lot more. Then again, I consider most recipes to be suggestions rather than law. OH OH OH...it's hilarious to me when you're making something like meatloaf or baked custard-based mac and cheese and the recipe says to add "salt to taste" to the raw mixture. I can especially see novice cooks just standing there like "how do I know how much salt I need to make it taste good before it cooks???"
  • hmhill17hmhill17 Posts: 194Member Member Posts: 194Member Member
    mockchoc wrote: »
    Recipe's for eggs that don't say what size the eggs are or if they are refrigerated or not before cooking. It make a BIG difference if you want a perfectly soft yolks.

    My daughter's birthday cake it said 3 medium eggs and gave amount in ML. I used 3 large and a little egg white from the "jug" I use for breakfast to get that amount. Clearly mutant chickens were used in the original.
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