Learning to taste questions

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i read somewhere about an egullet forum with helpful info.

just read over there about "taste and texture"

definitely worth my time- learning about basic tastes, their interactions and the importance of texture is incredible; maybe it's an indispensible?

john
 
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       Growing some of your own vegetables and herbs is a great way to introduce yourself to the flavors of food.  While this will certainly elevate your dishes, don't forget to try each and every one of them plain.  Try them uncooked, then cooked too.

   You can also seek out either higher end grocery stores or ethnic grocery stores.  You're not looking for high price...but you're looking for good ingredients.  If you're going to buy something...see if they offer varying varieties of the same general item.  I would forget about the blind (or double blind) tests right now.  I don't think that you're testing your ability to distinguish one item from the next.  You need to develop your preferences first.

   My suggestion?  Plant a garden, oh...I already mentioned that.  My other suggestion...when you buy a plum...by one of each variety and taste them side by side.  Same with eggplant, peaches, apples...do a side by side tasting.  This is also great with meats.  You really don't need a HUGE steak every single time you grill out.  If you've got a store that sells prime beef near you get one prime steak and one regular choice steak.  Cook them the same and lightly season.  Try them side by side and see what you think.  If the prime steak is too much money then next time your thinking of cooking steaks, just go without and save the money.  If you pass on cooking the steaks a couple times in summer you'll have saved enough money to get the prime steak for a side by side comparison.  True, many of us have had a prime steak before and it's easy to say that you preferred it over choice.  But doing a side by side you get to directly compare all the nuances within the meat.  The flavor, the fat, the mouth feel, the texture...etc.

    Also...go buy something expensive.  I absolutely love prosciutto, my favorite being Jamon Iberico Bellota.  It's expensive...really expensive!  $179.00/lb.  But you know what...I buy only a couple of slices and that's it.  It'll usually cost $7.00 to $14.00 for a couple slices, well worth it in my opinion.  Plus you may get to know the person who does the ordering and get a wonderful Iberico Bellota end for a heavily discounted price /img/vbsmilies/smilies/thumb.gif.  

   Don't pass up the chance to try new flavors...just adjust the quantity to fit your budget.  You don't have to do this all the time...but every once and a while.

    enjoy the food!
   dan 
 
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i read somewhere about an egullet forum with helpful info.

just read over there about "taste and texture"

definitely worth my time- learning about basic tastes, their interactions and the importance of texture is incredible; maybe it's an indispensible?

john
texture is the number two complaint about food that people don't like. Take Hummus for example, for the most part it's a mild flavor, with a gritty texture I didn't like for years and years. Some people can't handle avocado or guacamole, not because of the taste but the mushy or slimy texture they feel that comes with it. The texture of the fish in fish and chips is as important as the batter that surrounds it. I wouldn't care how yummy the beer batter was if when I bit into my fish i found it was some sort of minced processed patty instead of flaky fish


and dry chicken is the most chewy horrible thing around compared to a properly cooked piece that is tender and juicy.
 
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texture is the number two complaint about food that people don't like. Take Hummus for example, for the most part it's a mild flavor, with a gritty texture I didn't like for years and years. Some people can't handle avocado or guacamole, not because of the taste but the mushy or slimy texture they feel that comes with it.
You're so right. I can't count the number of people who LOVE passion fruit "flavor" in sauces, ice creams, cakes, creams etc... but give them a passion fruit and they want to throw up.
 

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