When it comes to food, we all have our dislikes and likes. Everyone’s tastebud is different as well as their equivalents and dislikes for different types of food. When an adult tell another adult that he or she does not want certain dishes, we feel the need to provide facts. We feel the need to explain as to why we won’t eat or dislike certain foods.
Everyone’s food preference is dissimilar. Often time we do not like certain types of food because of the way they are prepared. For example, I like broccoli, and it is not because I must eat my vegetables to stay healthy. I love the taste, crunchiness and recipe versatility.
Here are 10 things we all hate about food.
1. Overcooked Shrimp
Shrimp cook fast! Before cooking shrimp, you must know how to clean and deveined it. You must also take into account the recipe cooking time requirements and size of the shrimp. Larger shrimp will take longer to cook than smaller shrimp. That’s a no brainer!
To have juicy and tender shrimp, sear or sauté on high heat for a few minutes until pink is preferable. Or for best result, cook on low heat until pink and still tender. Cooking time is usually 3 – 5 minutes depending on size. Cooking time on a stovetop is also different from the oven.
2. Overcooked steak
Steak! I have not found one person who dislikes steak. I have heard people commenting on the way their steak is prepared, cooked, and even the age of the meat. For most of them, it is all about taste.
Before cooking your steak, it is always best to know the type of meat cuts you are cooking. Not all cuts cook at the same temperature, and that also goes for size. Not all steaks can be grilled either.
3. Drenched salad
Adding fruits to salad has become a trend. Adding nuts has also become a healthy trend. But nuts do not dry out the leafy greens. They are considered good add-ons and ways to make a salad tastier and filling.
Drenched salads are not appetizing. They can be at time repulsive for some eaters. A salad should always have its crunchy texture even after the dressing is added.
To avoid a saucy salad, serve your dressing or vinaigrette separately or gradually mix it with your salad. But again, if you have fresh and juicy fruits, why do you need a vinaigrette. You might consider not adding any dressing or vinaigrette for health reasons.
4. Greasy fried sweet plantains
Who does not love sweet plantains? They are irresistibly delicious. Who can resist them? Sometimes when you order them at a restaurant, they are drenched in oil. Not so appealing!
Did you know that you can make them yourself and without deep frying in oil? Check out this recipe. It is effortless and easy to make. You only need a baking or sheet pan, and very little fat.
5. Salty codfish dish
Codfish is available both fresh and dried. Salted codfish takes a long time to cook because you must desalt the fish. Desalting fish is a long process and requires lots of water and time.
Desalting codfish is necessary prior to cooking. After desalting in water, the fish will still have a little bit of salt. Adding additional salt while the fish is cooking is not recommended. It is best to use fresh herbs and a salt-free seafood seasoning. If you have to add salt, only a pinch may be sufficient.
6. Clear and too watery bean consommé or purée
Growing up on a Caribbean island where beans are a staple in our cuisine has made me appreciate our dishes more. If you ever had bean puree, you will know the difference between bean soup and bean puree. Puree should be smooth, and the consistency should be slightly watery and thick at the same time. It should never be too thin because you are not drinking water. And it should never have the consistency of porridge or homemade cereal which is thicker in consistency.
Here is a great recipe to help you make a successful bean puree anytime. Try Red Bean Puree
7. Boring or tasteless poultry dishes
Chicken Noodles Soup is a favorite of many people and one of the best home remedies. The soup is usually prepared with chicken breast. When the breast of the chicken is overcooked, the texture of the meat is changed. The meat is rubbery and tasteless. The soup is delicious when the meat is cooked separately and added during the last few minutes of cooking.
Chicken is versatile and very easy to cook. Chicken can be prepared in minutes and cook with other ingredients. These ingredients vary from vegetables, rice or grains, pasta, and even flour. Using fresh herbs and spices are the best ways to cook chicken. Using only salt and pepper does add much flavor to the chicken.
8. Refreeze melted ice cream
Ice cream is the quintessential summer treat. It is served both as a snack and dessert. With exotic flavors such as passionfruit, pistachio, banana, strawberry and a lot more, it is truly an addictive treat. It is a treat or dessert that will be around for many years as long as we can the smooth texture and create endless recipes.
Regular ice cream, frozen yogurt or gelato are meant to eat within minutes. Frozen treats are meant to be eaten cold and softening is different from melting. Refreezing ice cream can cause food poisoning. Yes, it can!
“Ice cream melts fairly rapidly at room temperature and the milky, sugary, liquid concoction is a perfect petri dish for bacteria like Listeria,” Amreen Bashir, Ph.D., writes in The Conversation. Refreezing ice cream opens the door to bacteria. Our body responds violently when we consume contaminated food. Stomach cramps, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, and loss of appetite are the mild effect of eating contaminated food.
9. Cake with more cream than cake
Desserts are not cheap these days. A slice of cake at a restaurant will cost you more than $4 dollars. The few dollars you are paying for a slice might be the cost of 9-inch cake. So why are cakes filled with more frosting than cake?
The answer is sugar. We love sugar and cannot stay away from it. Many people have succeeded in eliminating sugar from their diet for health reasons. But why can’t the major population cannot?
Another good reason why we are sometimes served more cake than frosting is because of bad habits. We develop these sugary cravings and bakers have no choice but to satisfy those cravings. Another good reason is to stretch out the cost. As the price of foods increases so does our cravings.
10. Too much grains dishes
Grains are a quintessential part of our diet. Grains have many health benefits such as reducing blood cholesterol levels and lowering heart disease. But how many grains dishes should we eat a week to get the full health benefits
The answer is simple. It all depends on the type of grains we consume. Too many of the same grains dishes in a weekly meal plan can make dinnertime less appealing.
What we hate about food may not be as important as getting sick. Many people prefer their food cooked or served a certain and that’s perfectly normal. Many prefer not seeing certain types of food served to them. Our likes and dislikes are different. The only choice we have is to follow proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.