Do you cheat while you are cooking?

Do you cheat while you are cooking?
I sometimes do. If there is a laborious process and there is no help around I skip a few ingredients here and there. There are certain chores in the kitchen I simply do not like, like peeling garlic

I made a dish today that required garlic. I prepared that dish without adding garlic.

What kind of chores that you dislike leading to your cheating? (lol)

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Adding garlic is no problem for me. I always add it if it goes in a dish. I put the lot in a pestle with some salt and smash it with the mortar. The skin of the garlic just falls off really easily then. If I'm cooking, I don't mind spending the time to add all the ingredients to get a lush properly tasting dish. I don't normally miss out ingredients unless I don't actually have them in the cupboard.

For cheating on chores? Well, I have stuffed all my washing up under the kitchen sink when I had unexpected guests one day! But chores still have to get done at some point!
Posted by JMS on 06-29-2017
It is not so much about garlic but how we do not do justice to the recipes for various reasons As long as we are alone we are fine about but if there is a child around or a partner we do not do our best all because we do not want to take the trouble. That was what I meant by this post This could be applied to other areas of our life as well.
Posted by iamawriter on 06-30-2017
I don't think cheating while preparing a meal is a good idea, unless there's some ingredients you feel you could do without. Not adding certain ingredients will result in your dish not coming out just right, I don't like to skimp in that area. I do cheat in household chores all the time. If I know the floors need to be mopped and they're not really too bad, I'll tell myself I'll get it tomorrow. It all depends on how I feel at the moment. I feel better if I go ahead and get things done, but sometimes I lack the motivation. I don't think we should stress too much over small things. Most of the time I'm pretty good at getting things done when they should be done, but we all have moments where we feel like it can wait, but I rarely cheat while cooking, because more often than not I am cooking for my family and I don't want to let them down.
Posted by freebird37 on 06-29-2017
Well written response indeed. They are not small things but things that give us joy if we exert a bit and get going and do what is expected to get the best results. Procrastination is the biggest monster that ruins it all. We are all guilty of it. Overcoming this weakness is not at all difficult. If there is a will l\there is away and I am telling that to me as well.
Posted by iamawriter on 06-30-2017
Well stated,I rather not cook than leave some ingredients out,it will be like punishing the family by withholding good nutrients from their bodies and you know one thing about such act, you might keep on repeating it which will definently be to the detriment of the family.
Posted by lovely on 03-02-2018
Oh I totally misunderstood the question when I first clicked it. When I saw cheating I thought you meant like use pre-cut or pre-cooked ingredients. I don't usually leave things out of a recipe due to labor or anything. When I do leave something out it is usually because It's not available to me or something. If I were to choose something I would probably stop using onions because they are the terror of the kitchen.
Posted by AlexHarris on 06-29-2017
But sadly onions are the VIPs of many recipes. Sad for you that you are not comfortable using them. As I see you will not cheat but look for recipes that do not need onions That is a tough call indeed. In our household onions are in great demand even eating them raw with a touch of sugar, lime and salt - a delicious starter for any meal.
Posted by iamawriter on 06-30-2017
I am usually cooking for myself, so I don't see any point in doing things to the letter. I cheat as much as possible. I will buy pre cut things if possible. Why not> That is what they are there for. I think they are there to be used, and we should not feel bad about them.
Posted by kgord on 06-29-2017
I like it in just about everything, so I don't skip it. My method of "cheating" would be to add minced or chopped garlic that's already prepared. Fresh is better of course, but these will work in a pinch. I think these options are much better than leaving it out entirely. Some dishes just aren't complete without garlic.
Posted by Zyni on 06-29-2017
I never follow recipes word for word as I think I am a pretty good judge of which ingredients I can omit without changing the overall taste of the dish too much. Sometimes a recipe calls for a little bit of an ingredient that I have no other use for in other things I cook so I just omit that ingredient or try to find an alternative. This is mainly so I won't waste food. I think garlic is a pretty big thing to change in a dish though, as garlic has a very distinct and strong taste, although you could use garlic powder instead (the flavor is definitely not as strong though).
Posted by lilac123 on 06-29-2017
Well, Sometimes I create my own recipes, but not everytime they become delicious , Sometimes they become disgusting. lol But I never give up, I always try my own ways in cooking. ( I cook for myself only)
Posted by Moaz on 06-29-2017
Yes, I cheat while cooking. I use frozen vegetables instead of fresh vegetables. There are times I use garlic powder when I'm suppose to use real diced garlic for a recipe. Most of the time, my meals taste the same when I use substitute ingredients.
Posted by Jimmy38 on 06-29-2017
Nothing like fresh vegetables. I think it all boils down to your lethargy if I am say so. But if you took a bit of trouble you would have got a dish much richer and nutritious than if you cooked with the frozen stuff. We are all guilty of shortcuts depriving ourselves of the best deal. Not just in the kitchen but in other areas of our life. Just look at my dining table. It has a cluttered look. I know if I cleared it of that clutter my happiness would be more than what I am going through now just looking at it.
Posted by iamawriter on 06-30-2017
Well, yes, but it is not because I don't like some elements of the food, it is because sometimes I forget to put some things on the dishes lol, but I like to use every element of the dishes that I like to cook, it gave the food flavor.
Posted by BatmanWayne on 06-29-2017
Hi iamawriter, well yes I do add something in the food almost all the time in the food I cook. I take a recipe and i start to cook and I'm tasting from It and sometimes, I add different spices, it depends on my taste. Sometimes the recipes are without meat and we actually don't eat anything without it so I will add meat for sure!
Posted by wallet on 06-29-2017
When you decide to have a meatless dish and your folks are looking forward to something that will break the monotony you cheat them and disappoint them (lol) You seem to have a mind of your own regardless of what others think. But hopefully the outcome will not be that bad and all will like your food with meat in it.
Posted by iamawriter on 06-30-2017
I don't think that you not adding garlic into a dish that should have it means that you are cheating - it is more like just changing the dish around and making it your own. You don't always have to follow the recipes and so on. I often don't add some ingredients if I don't like their taste.

I don't think that I cheat often when it comes to cooking. I enjoy everything about it and don't tend to take many shortcuts. The only thing that I can think of that can be seen as cheating is that I sometimes use powdered (bought) onion that I add to dishes instead of cutting the real onion since those ones can make me cry, haha.
Posted by Mehano on 06-29-2017
I usually don't follow a recipe exactly as it's written. I will add or take away ingredients that I like or dislike. I don't mind preparing the ingredients so I don't leave out things just because they are hard to prepare. I just leave out things I don't like and add things that I do like.
Posted by BigDreamer on 06-29-2017
Depends on what I am cooking really if it's a cheese dish and doesn't add the cheese well there is no point lol. But do get where you are coming from I do think you have choices to add certin ingredients but the ingredients which are essential is the ones which bring richness and texture to your dishes.
Posted by moneybags82 on 06-29-2017
I think everyone cheats or uses substitutes for whatever reason. Rather than make a cheese sauce I use a pack of mac and cheese and then add more milk and butter to it as it's quicker than grating cheese and adding flour and milk. I also sometimes use condensed soups as sauces which I know many people do, but they are much quicker and there is also less waste.
Posted by Alexa on 06-29-2017
When cooking, i want everything to be perfect because I love to eat. Changing a few ingridients is one thing but spices should always be complete. Sometimes it can be atedious process but the outcome is always satisfying.
Posted by Neiltarquin on 06-29-2017
What I learned about cooking is to always be exact with the ingredients. Aside from having complete ingredients, the recipe should be followed like if it says 2 pieces of potatoes then so be it. Saving money by skipping some ingredients is not a good practice because the taste of the food suffers. Especially for sauteed dishes, the garlic and the onions are very important for it is the foundation of the taste so if you skip one ingredient then the dish will surely suffer in taste.
Posted by Corzhens on 06-29-2017
There are several reasons why many do not follow recipes. And if it is to save money and the folks are not told about it that would indeed be cheating It is better that a recipe is picked up that falls within one's budget than chop and change it just save a few pennies and ruin its taste. In my case my maid just called to say she would not turn up and I was half way through cooking and honestly there are certainly chores I just dislike.
Posted by iamawriter on 06-30-2017
I think cooking is both art and science. And making it perfect all the time is a bit harder. And another thing is that cooking is also have it's own issues that may be noticed in that case. I have learned from experience that cooking is a skill. And that would be different for each one how much time they take on that part.
Posted by overcast on 12-14-2018
I do this all the time. I will omit minor cooking steps and minor cooking ingredients. However, I never omit major steps and major ingredients. I will cheat in cooking as long as there will be no major difference in the taste. Its not that I don't like to cook perfectly. However, it is not always possible to use all ingredients or follow the exact process.
Posted by vinaya on 06-29-2017
I too have this set of the issues. You can see that minor cooking steps learning from youtube definitely helps out. I am also learning from the videos that are out there. And it can be something to reasonable on noticing there. Some can be good options and some can be a bit different on that note.
Posted by overcast on 12-14-2018
This is not cheating, it is merely making things easier for you. I will say that sometimes if I am in a hurry then I will buy garlic powder instead of garlic cloves. You really can not tell that much of a difference. Or if I am making a pie, I will often use store bought pie crust and the rest will be homemade for the pie. Convenience plays a huge role in my kitchen, and there is nothing wrong with that!
Posted by angie828 on 06-29-2017
If that's the case, I think I cheat all the time. I always do not follow the recipes. I always just make it according to what ingredients I have in hand, and my convenience too. There are many Chinese dishes that are better to go with garlic, for example stir fried vegetables. Sometimes I am too lazy, and I always just stir fry the vegetables without adding other ingredients.
Posted by kaka135 on 06-29-2017
Cheating comes when you tell your kids you are getting something with their favourite ingredients but do not tell them that you have not acceded to their request and that includes your husband. Just to give you an example there are many who prefer fresh ginger but you use ginger from a tin and you do not talk about it. The taste does not change but for those who are particular about using fresh stuff it would tantamount to cheating
Posted by iamawriter on 06-30-2017
Sometimes I also cheat while cooking. Well, its not a crime to skip some ingredient if You dont feel like performing some tedious work like peeling. Though mostly I skip ingredients because I don`t have it available at home. Instead of going to store, I just skip adding it. Simple! Sometimes I replace some costly ingredient with a cheaper substitute.
Posted by RosieCheeks on 06-29-2017
The most important activity in a household is cooking and cooking with all those ingredients that not only make the food taste good but also contribute to it becoming nutritious and healthy Our indifference could be the reason for this aspects not being present there in full measure. In some households a lot of importance is paid to this and they could raise a shindig if food is not cooked in the manner the family generally likes
Posted by iamawriter on 06-30-2017
Hahaha... This is such a cute discussion. I think we all do this sometime or the other. Like for a person like me who is not very fond of cooking I do this very often.

For me the most irritating part is grating ginger and chopping green chillies. I hate doing good this and skip adding good both of these elements to my dishes.
Posted by amitkokiladitya on 06-30-2017
I am useless in the kitchen but great at monitoring. I love trying out new recipes but there has to be someone to do all what you hate to do also. You are a cheat by all standards.(lol) Who do you cheat your kid or your husband.? Actually we cannot afford to miss out on those ingredients as not only do they add to the taste, there is nutrition and health involved as well.
Posted by iamawriter on 06-30-2017
Jonathan Solomon
To begin, I'm not a cheater through life. Though if I find a corner to cut in my chores that do not affect the overall outcome of my task, I'll take it. However, I am not like this when it comes to cooking.

I will say, I believe certain recipes don't have to be followed to a T, as well as give you the ability to substitute certain ingredients for others. But the general principle of cheating in the kitchen doesn't work for me and shouldn't be applied to cooking a dish, in my opinion. Also, it's one thing to be cooking for yourself, but if you're cooking for others, you should strive on making that dish to perfection. Even going the extra mile to have all the ingredients, as well as add your own flare too!
Posted by Jonathan Solomon on 06-30-2017
I don't cheat when I cook. I prepare the ingredients like garlic , tomatoes , onions and veggies to be put into the dish ahead. Besides, I like slicing tomatoes, though not onions and garlic, but don't skip them because I know they make my dish delicious.
Posted by SimplyD on 06-30-2017
There are many housewives who have that talent in them to accept those boring roles and follow recipes to the t. Whoever gets to eat what you prepare must be the lucky ones. As for me I too am particular but I have to have help around. Occasionally only as it happened the other day I had to do all those boring things myself and so I could say I cheated a bit. (lol)
Posted by iamawriter on 07-02-2017
My kids and hubby love garlic and onions very much. Hence, I do not opt them out unless I run out of them. A few times I had to put in ginger since I am out of garlic. The price of garlic per KG had risen to $15 per kg. It would be expensive to buy one bulb of garlic for $1. The only thing I cheat in cooking is making the spicy paste called "Sambal". It takes time to pound the spice ingredients and end up the chili paste smack onto my face or into my eyes. So, I bought ready made spicy paste instead
Posted by peachpurple on 07-01-2017
I have never really felt the need to cheat in the kitchen given that I usually like to keep my dishes very simple anyway. I have always found that overcomplicating a dish by adding far too many herbs and spices just ends up taking the flavor away from your primary ingredients. I keep it simple with just a few (but very high quality) ingredients and I usually I end up with meals that both suit my taste and aren't a hassle to make.
Posted by Denis_P on 07-01-2017
I know a small types of cooking. But at the time of cooking I do not do any cheat with any process. I try to make the food tasty more. I basically try to make good food for our religious friends.

Thanks Centurion
Posted by centurion on 07-03-2017
I actually misread it and thought that it read as EAT instead of cheat. Haha. Because if it is, then I PLEA GUILTY! XD Kidding aside, sometimes yes. Same reasons as you, I tend to skip other ingredients specially the ones which I don't have at the moment. Instead of buying to the nearest local store, I'd rather continue cooking. :)
Posted by galegatling on 07-06-2017
Oh yes. If I don't have an ingredient on hand then I'll substitute for it or avoid it altogether. For example I've made waffles and pancakes without sugar and eggs. They still tasted great so I had no problems.
Posted by fireball916 on 07-16-2017
From the explanation on the original post, I can confess that I have also cheated while cooking. I have also skipped some ingredients and some cooking steps so that the food can be ready faster.
Posted by mildredtabitha on 01-05-2018
I wont say that i really cheat while cooking but i only try to avoid cooking those food that will take several hours and time to cook.
Posted by babyright on 02-22-2018
I wont say that i really cheat while cooking but i only try to avoid cooking those food that will take several hours and time to cook.
Posted by babyright on 02-22-2018
It depends on the dish sometimes if I lack some ingredients, I just make do on what I have. Usually I replace or add some spices or some wine to whatever I'm cooking
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 02-23-2018
I skip only ingredients that I believe are not really necessary either to add to the taste or make it more nutritious. I prefer to take snacks than prepare food when I quite busy or lazy to do so, when tend to cheat doing this time which is not ideal at all instead don't even prepare the food then.
Posted by lovely on 03-02-2018
I hate peeling and chopping vegetables and very often I buy already peeled or frozen vegetables from the grocery store. So, when I am short of time, tired or feel lazy I just use those vegetables. However, I have to admit that my meals taste better when I use fresh vegetables.
Posted by Pixie on 03-03-2018
I don’t remember using chopped vegetables in our cooking. My husband said that you can save on labor when you buy the chopped mixed vegetables like the pack for chop suey or the pack for salad. We still prefer our own preparation when it comes to food in the kitchen to assure us not only of freshness but also of sanitation because we really don’t know if those chopped vegetables are clean and safe.
Posted by Corzhens on 11-03-2018
Well, I totally think that it is ok to leave out or to change certain ingredients--to a degree--of course, if you leave the garlic out of "garlic bread" then you just have toast, right? Everyone hates peeling garlic, crying while cutting the onions, prepping meat or fish, etc. However, unfortunately, for certain recipes to be as delicious as they should be, the recipe needs to be followed to a "t". Seasoning and flavor profiles are so important to me, and so I am willing not to "cheat" or to leave anything out while preparing certain meals. However, there are certain dishes, like certain soups and stews, for example, where leaving a few ingredients out will not totally mess up the flavors you are looking forward to creating.
Posted by JoeMilford on 03-05-2018
I try to follow the process. And I have learned from the experience that cooking with process helps a lot. You may need to understand that not following process often affects the taste. Something that needs to understood that most of the time cooking experience takes time. once you learn the process you should think a lot when it comes to handling.
Posted by overcast on 11-04-2018
I see what you mean. Personally I hate washing dishes and cutting onions and garlic. I hate anything that ruins my nails or makes my hands smell. So if I can pass on these three tasks I normally do. If there is no one to wash the plates or I don't feel upto it, I use paper plates. I've also started buying frozen ready cut onions and garlic that is already crushed and cut. I just think you shouldn't have to do what you don't enjoy doing.
Posted by jaymish on 11-08-2018
I don't cheat when I am cooking, because when I do, the outcome of the taste of the food will be worst.
Posted by jayjaydimson on 11-20-2018
Do you cheat while you are cooking: Yes in some menu. Those menu that needed a black pepper, I don't like how it smell in cooked foods it was so strong in my nose and I can't really enjoy the food having this smell. My family keep on telling me that they didn't smell any like balck pepper in the food but for me there really is.
Posted by mhingnhormz on 12-14-2018
Depends on the recipe really as to whether I’m okay with winging it or not. For savory dishes it’s not too much of a big deal. For baking though, omitting an ingredient or adding too much of something can be an absolute disaster!
Posted by amelia88 on 12-17-2018