Recipes are popular, but they’re also tricky. Many people love and live for recipes. Others refuse to use them or don’t understand all the ways that they can be used. Especially with the abundance of online information, it’s easy to get a little bit of misinformation now and then. Here are some common misconceptions:
- Salted water will boil faster. The salt might affect the temperature of the water, but not enough to make it biol faster. Salt is mostly for flavor.
- Marinades will tenderize your meat. While the acid might offer a little assistance, it usually isn’t enough to be noticeable. Marinades, like salt, should be used for flavor.
- You don’t need salt in baking. Salt helps enhance flavor, even in sweet foods. Therefore, you do need salt, if the recipe calls for it.
- Melted and softened butter are interchangeable. In most cooking, you can use melted butter when it calls for softened because it’s going to melt anyway. In baking, it changes the science of the bake entirely.
- Substitutions produce exact results. You’ll probably get a close second if you have to sub-major ingredients, but you won’t get the precise outcome as if you used what the recipe calls for.
Recipes are a great tool, but you have to know how to use them. Using and following recipes can be confusing, but cooking can be fun with the proper knowledge and patience. Here are some more myths regarding recipes that aren’t true:
- Spices and seasonings are interchangeable.
- You can use pre-ground or dried seasonings instead of fresh. (You can, but it won’t taste as good)
- Oil and lard are interchangeable.
- All-natural and “organic” are the same.
- All spices are natural, so buying “all-natural” products don’t matter.
- You can only do what the recipe tells you.
- Budget-friendly recipes are low-quality dishes.
- You can’t eat gourmet without expensive ingredients.
- Fresh and dried seasoning measurements are the same.
If you are on a budget, it might be beneficial to use recipes. Budget cooking works well when you know what you want to cook. Cutting corners is not recommended, and therefore following recipes is a good idea when wanting to save money.