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Cooking Task You Detest the Most?

I'm generally not in to chopping, slicing and dicing.

And the worst items to C, S and D are cabbage--which makes a hell of a mess--and pork--which has a feel simultaneously slimy, gritty and sinewy--that I very much dislike.

Suffice it to say that a dish requiring loads of shredded cabbage and diced pork is a prep-work nightmare for yours truly.

Which cooking task most rubs you the wrong way?

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  1. Love chopping/slicing/dicing except for nuts.

    Despise deveining shrimp, absolutely hate doing it. Cutting up whole fryers is kind of a slimy mess too.

    8 Replies
    1. re: Val

      I forgot... HATE washing lettuce/spinach whatever, don't know why. It's okay with a salad spinner, but I have to monkey around to get it down and I'm usually to lazy. Hate this the most.

      1. re: corneygirl

        I also detest washing salad greens, even with a salad spinner. Can't explain it.

        1. re: cakewhole

          I third it. In fact, I hate making green salads, period (no trouble with pasta, potato, tuna or chicken). I can't explain it; maybe because it's in the "serve immediately" category, and by the time I've done the rest of the dinner, all I can handle is tomatoes thown on top of PREWASHED lettuce..?

          1. re: Michelly

            It's really not that hard to wash lettuce, but we go without salad just because we're too lazy prepare it. My mom always had us kids make the green salad. Hmmmm, guess she didn't like washing the lettuce either.

            1. re: shastadaisy

              salad making was also my chore -- that and setting the table.

              1. re: shastadaisy

                It's not that it's hard, it's just that it's a pain in the tuckus to wash and dry every single leaf even if you have a salad spinner.

          2. re: corneygirl

            When I worked at a pizza place when I was in college, I was often called upon to make salads. Being a pizza joint who primarily did deliveries (with a few tables), we didn't sell a lot of salads, though the owner of the joint would buy enormous bags filled with romaine lettuce. Needless to say, most of the lettuce would go bad.

            He would send me into the back to make a salad, and I would discover every single head of lettuce was completely rotten, slimy through and through. And he would say, "You go back there and find a salad in that bag". And I would. Half a piece from one head, to pieces from the next head. It was disgusting.

            To this day, I refuse to make salad at home. If we're having salad, my wife makes it.

          3. re: Val

            Val is right on the money about deveining shrimp. So slow and irritating. Add that to the shelling and making sure you got all the little legs off....phoooey!

          4. I actually groove on the chopping, slicing and dicing. I feel like I've really accomplished something when all the preps in their own little piles. I don't mind prepping, shelling and de-veining shrimp either, that Val despises. Some music, a bottle of beer, a towel to wipe off on and it can be very zen.

            What I REALLY, REALLY dread is chopping onions! Gah! The tears, the snot, the pain! Sheesh! I don't even LIKE them, so when I prepare a dish with onions it's truly a labor of love.

            29 Replies
            1. re: JerryMe

              Wear swim goggles. No tears whatsoever. Before I discovered that I hated chopping onions too; now it's no problem.

              1. re: Parrotgal

                lol the image ofsomeonein a kitchen wearing googles and chopping onions is hilarious

                1. re: kpaxonite

                  I use an old pair of snowboarding googles. They're very stylish.

                  1. re: kpaxonite

                    Actually, I've tried goggles. I still cry except the tears fill up the goggles. I've tried the chill before cutting. I still cry. I've tried the "cut from this side first" and the "cut from that side first". I still cried. I even tried the touch of Vick's Vapo-Rub under my nose that someone recommended. Oniony, Vicksy tears and snot.

                    Onions are simply a labor of love only, now.

                    1. re: JerryMe

                      "Oniony, Vicksy tears and snot."
                      ~~~~~
                      yum.

                      have you tried cutting them under water?

                      the only other suggestion i'll offer is to make sure your knife is as sharp as possible. a dull knife will merely bruise the flesh and release more of the tear-causing vapors.

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        I was going to make the same suggestion- a very sharp knife really reduces the amount of vapors released and makes onion chopping much more enjoyable- thats usually how I know its time to sharpen my knives!

                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                          Who can hold their breath that long? ;-)

                          1. re: breadchick

                            ha ha ha ha

                            1. re: breadchick

                              David Blaine? ;)

                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                Also if your knife is REALLY sharp, the chore is over much more quickly.

                            2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                              OR use a mandoline to get quick thin slices of onion (i.e., for caramelized onions, as I'll be doing today for my beef stew). If you need to chop them, you could do so then.

                              And USE THE FINGER GUARD they give you with the mandoline, for heaven's sake! :-)

                            3. re: JerryMe

                              i simply learned to not lean over the onions, it makes a huge difference.
                              try to stand as upright as possible and even lean your head away.

                              1. re: JerryMe

                                I have a small fan that I use just for this purpose! It is one of those little fans with no case and fabric "blades" so it is totally safe to have around. Anyway, I turn it on and blow it across the cutting board left to right when I chop onions. No tears!

                                1. re: BackBite

                                  BackBite: The fan's a great idea. Now if you could just get somebody you don't like to stand "downwind".... mWAHAHAHAhahahah

                                2. re: JerryMe

                                  If you have a working and modestly powerful stove hood (that actually sucks air up and outside as opposed to just sending it back into the room as some do), put your cutting board as close as possible to the vent. I just learned this recently and it's fantastic. They hardly affect me at all. And I'm the kind of onion chopper who has to stop half way through because I can't even see out of my scrunched up, teary eyes.

                                  1. re: JerryMe

                                    Cut them next to gas burners on high. The open flame burns off the acid before it gets to your eyes. Works for me every time!

                                    1. re: 3foodies

                                      I let the cold water trickle in the sink, peel them under running water and cut them next to the sink. Works somehow, I think the water attracts the amino acid sulfoxide molecules or just washes them away, not allowing them to mix with the water in your tears to form sulfuric acid, which is what burns your eyes.
                                      If you refrigerate your onions, you'll have less chance of them releasing the volatile gases by slowing the reaction of the onion when cut and changing the onion chemistry slightly.
                                      Or just buy thoese cute googles; I just saw a a pair in pink for the ladies.

                                      1. re: bushwickgirl

                                        You are right on the money honey! I run them under cold water first and use a sharp knife so I can chop fast. No tears.

                                        The only time I get teary is in the summer when the kitchen is warm so my onions are warm too - they seem more vapouryish. If I remember I try to stick them in the freezer for 15 minutes before chopping.

                              2. re: JerryMe

                                Contact lenses work, too!

                                1. re: JerryMe

                                  Chilling the onions for 2 hours prior to processing will prevent tearing because the sulfur compounds aren't as volatile.

                                  1. re: JerryMe

                                    Try breathing through your open mouth when you're chopping onions. The volatile oils don't bother me at all if I do it that way.

                                    1. re: JerryMe

                                      Have you tried using sweet onions? If i use regular onions, I always tear up, but never have a problem with sweet onions.

                                      1. re: JerryMe

                                        My brother was working for a knife company, and he said the secret was to breathe through your mouth, and definitely not your nose. Seemed to make some difference.

                                        I used to not make anything with garlic in it because I hated the way it made me smell (I feel like it got into my circulatory system) - I am making progress on this though.

                                        1. re: Memily_G

                                          it does get into the circulatory system -- and you'll have it smelling from your pores if you eat a *lot*.

                                          1. re: alkapal

                                            I cleared out the sauna at the gym once the day after a garliky feast. More room for me!

                                          2. re: Memily_G

                                            Breathing through my mouth has always worked for me.

                                            1. re: buttertart

                                              I'm a mouth-breather by nature. I'll have to pay attention next time I chop onions to make sure I'm doing so then.

                                          3. re: JerryMe

                                            That used to be me. A second career in the restaurant business, and now I'm slicing and dicing onions like a pro -- no tears. Some of my peers have agreed with me, do it enough and one develops an immunity.

                                            It may look ridiculous but of all the home remedies I've heard for onion eyes, the goggles are the best!

                                            1. re: shaogo

                                              Goggles are awesome, unless you're about to host a dinner party! Goggle dents can take a while to go away...

                                          4. Not sure why my first try was deleted after I saw it post, but I'll try again...

                                            Folding. I hate folding whipped egg whites or whipped cream into anything. A soufflé, a mousse, cake batter, etc. I never know when to stop and usually over-mix and then everything gets deflated and soupy. If I see the words "then fold in" in a recipe, it's usually a deal breaker for me.

                                            1. The clean up! I can slice, dice, chop, fry, saute, bake, boil, braise, broil, simmer and steam all day long. But I HATE cleaning up my own mess.

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                                              1. re: boyzoma

                                                Putting away the dishes. Don't mind washing and/or drying. Detest putting them away. Same with unloading the d/w.

                                                1. re: Scott D

                                                  Same here. I don't know what it is. I just hate unloading the dishwasher!

                                                  1. re: Rheta

                                                    What IS IT about unloading the dishwasher that is so dreadful?? I hate it so badly!! All the dishes and glasses and utensils are so squeaky clean, yet I'll put it off as long as I can! I'm happy to see I'm not the only one!

                                                    1. re: southern_expat

                                                      I don't know what's so bad about it. When I was a kid I hated it, but after spending several years living in an apartment without a dishwasher, I find it to be a transcendent - or at least worthwhile - experience!

                                                  2. re: Scott D

                                                    Hah! Me too. I thought I was the only one. I don't mind washing dishes, but I simply can't stand putting away the clean dishes.

                                                    1. re: Indirect Heat

                                                      Oooh I hate that too. It's that scritchy feeling of dry dishes I hate- and the silverware takes FOREVER, asking the forks to behave and getting all the spoons piled correctly...

                                                      1. re: Boccone Dolce

                                                        "asking the forks to behave and getting all the spoons piled correctly"
                                                        ~~~~~
                                                        LOL! i have a serious compulsion about putting away the dishes and silverware, but that's why i *like* to do it myself. everyone else does it wrong.

                                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                          LOL! I think we're twins from different mothers, ghg. Stacking the dishwasher used to be Mom's job until she saw I could do it better. Then it became my job. I can fit more into a dishwasher than anyone else in my family (except my BIL gives me a good run for my money!) Drives me nuts when I see "empty space" in the dishwasher that is being wasted because of poor stacking. LOL!

                                                          As for putting away the silverware, I make it easy on myself...each compartment in the silverware carry-all in the dishwasher gets their own type of silverware - knives in one, teaspoons and forks in their own separate (larger) spots (I tend to use more teaspoons and forks than anything else), Tablespoons in their own spot (away from the teaspoons so I don't get them confused when putting them away when they're clean), and small "assorted other" utensils (small butter knives, tongs, etc.) in their own compartment in the dishwasher carryall. And ALL cutlery goes in handle down with the spoon bowls, fork tines, and knife blades UP for cleaning (except sharp knives, of course).

                                                          Yes. I know I'm a-r. But I get the silverware put away in less than 30 seconds when I do finally get around to emptying out the dishwasher. :-)

                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                            Triplets, I guess. Linda--your silverware d/w loading method and mine are identical. A-R, I guess, but it seems sooo logical :)

                                                            I'm a little nutty w/grocery lists too. My friend's husband told her that if she made grocery lists like mine, he wouldn't mind doing the shopping. She teases me, but it just seems logical to organize by section of the store and aisle and even the direction in which the shopper will be moving and include tips for finding what I need--label colors, shelf locations, what's nearby. This eliminates the calls from the store: "They don't have . . ." or "they must be out of . . ." or "they musn't carry . . . ." (My husband has to be the world's worst shopper--or the blindest.)

                                                            Yes, I plead guilty to being a-r, but I suppose that's fodder for a whole separate thread.

                                                            1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                                              The shopping list thing I got from my mother. It's not an exact science - especially when a supermarket changes where they put things - but it's in an order that most stores have their stuff, so it still works for me. I don't do the direction orientation or which shelf, as I'm the one doing the shopping, but I can see where it would definitely help the grocery-shopping impaired. :-)

                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                harris teeter's shopping list generated from one's selections off the online weekly sale circular is automatically organized according to the store departments. very neat. it's the best online set-up!

                                                              2. re: nomadchowwoman

                                                                Me too! My list is very organized. I take it a step further when I am shopping though. I unload my cart in the order that I would like my groceries packed. I put all the cold things together, all the boxes that go in one cupboard together, the tins all together.... they don't always pack it exactly the way I'l like but I manage to not say anthing.

                                                                Love your idea about the cutlery - going to make some changes tonight and everyone will get a lesson on dishwasher loading! Thanks

                                                        2. re: Indirect Heat

                                                          What IS it about unloading the d/w? I hate it too, but otherwise I love my d/w, and would marry it if that weren't illegal in all 50 states, 10 provinces and three territories.

                                                          1. re: pear tart

                                                            Having spent many an hour washing dishes by hand, I'll never complain about anything having to do with a dishwasher. What a labor-saving device it is!

                                                        3. re: Scott D

                                                          me too! wonder why is that?? I hate unloading the dishwasher more though, so I've reverted to handwashing, but then there they sit for what I call air drying, and then follow with clean linen wipe. hm come to think about it, I just create more work for myself.

                                                        4. re: boyzoma

                                                          I'm with you all the way on that one!

                                                        5. Well, I hate deveining shrimp too, except it is more the thought of deveining since I've never done it. Don't mind most chopping of most anything. Nor do I mind skinning chicken or cutting it into pieces. I think I hate the thought of washing those bunches of large leaved spinach about as much as anything. When I do lentils and spinach, I like the mature stuff, and cleaning it is a pain. I fill one side of the sink and put all the spinach in the water and swish it around. Then I take those center stems out of every sizable leaf. Then, I have to spin the stuff in a salad spinner to take out most of the water. I may also chop it a bit.

                                                          Now someone is going to post a really cool and easy method of doing this, and I'm going to be mad I've been doing it the hard way all these years!

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                                                          1. re: sueatmo

                                                            Oh that is so funny because I, too, have never deveined a shrimp because I know I'll hate it too much!

                                                            1. re: sueatmo

                                                              sueatmo-You're cleaning the spinach the only proper way known to humankind. All the pros do it the same way. You could spare yourself by leaving the stems on, though. They're not that tough, unlike other greens.

                                                              1. re: sueatmo

                                                                Sueatmo,

                                                                I guess I hate deveining shrimps as well. A few is fine, but it get really tiresome soon. Therefore I like to buy big shrimps. Even if I am to diced the shrimp into small bits, I still buy the big ones because there is less deveining :)

                                                                I just realize that I am not the only one who use a salad spinner to wash vegetables :) Seriously, no one has ever told me and I looked at that thing and think "Hmm, it looks like a washing machine and I bet I can use it to wash my vegetables".

                                                                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                  CK, that's my strategy too--buy the larger shrimp so there's less deveining. Ugh...that darned poopy-vein sticks to everything, it's disgusting and tedious work.

                                                                  1. re: Val

                                                                    Val,

                                                                    :) Gald we agree. So do you devein both the top (back) and the bottom (belly) or just the top? Many people only do the top, but I do both. The bottom (belly) side is more challenging. If it is just the back side, then it is not as bad. :)

                                                                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                      i can't speak for Val, but i remove both. why even bother if you're going to leave one in there?

                                                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                        Good,

                                                                        Agree. Yet, I know many people only remove the top (back) one and that one is easier to remove. To remove the bottom (belly) one, I have to partially straighten the shrimp out.

                                                                      2. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                        wait.... there's an underside vein too?
                                                                        are those on all shrimp or just the really big ones?

                                                                        1. re: AndrewK512

                                                                          I believe all shrimps, large or small, have two "veins" Through the top on is really the digestive system and the bottom one (underside) is nervous system.

                                                                          Next time when you devein, try the underside and you will see it.

                                                                          Most cooks only remove the top one.

                                                                          http://www.helium.com/items/1540185-t...

                                                                          http://www.ehow.com/how_5043971_buy-c...

                                                                          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                            I never knew of this nervous system issue. I'll have to give it a shot and see if I now make the most lucious shrimp ever! Thanks for the info.

                                                                          2. re: AndrewK512

                                                                            the underside vein/nervous system may not taste as bad as the digestive tract, but i can't stand the texture - i find it to be even stringier.

                                                                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                              They can come up with seedless grapes, why not veinless shrimp?!

                                                                          3. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                            @chemicalkinetics, the underside vein always seems hairlike to me and quite negligible...so I only do the top-side one.

                                                                            1. re: Val

                                                                              @Val, have you ever gotten a hair stuck in your teeth while eating? ick. ick. ick.

                                                                              *that* is why i remove the underside vein ;)

                                                                              1. re: Val

                                                                                Val,

                                                                                That is cool, but I just want you to know. The underside one is more difficult to remove and you will be looking for at least twice the amount of work :)

                                                                          4. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                            I once had to devein, get this, 20 pounds of shrimp for one of my parents' huge parties. My dad said it was cheaper that way. I really wanted to stab him with my knife at the end. Consequently I'm very good at it now.

                                                                            Oh yeah and I had to do a fancy shrimp flambe cooking extravaganza for all the guests too! So I'm good at that too. Did get lots of oohs and aahs though.

                                                                            1. re: cosmogrrl

                                                                              I bet you lost all desire to eat shrimp for a while after that.

                                                                              I sometimes find that if I prepare a dish/meal that is incredibly labor-intensive, I totally lose my enthusiasm to eat it when it's finished.

                                                                          5. re: sueatmo

                                                                            Perhaps it's because I had to do it when I was a teenager working in a restaurant kitchen... I'm with you on washing mature spinach!

                                                                            I can slice and dice until the cows come home (am actually rather proud of my knife skills). I'll even willingly de-vein shrimp -- by the five-pound box. But when it comes to getting the sand out of spinach (or leeks for that matter) I really can't stand it.

                                                                            For the other "icky shrimp de-veiners" I offer up my secret: I watched a guy in a seafood market on the shore working with shrimp. He was de-veining them with a flick of the wrist, seemingly, because he'd been doing it for 30+ years. The way he was drinking from his mug, I thought he had booze in there. When I asked him he said that he drinks hot tea with lemon -- as hot as he can stand it -- while de-veining shrimp. It keeps his hands warm. So nowadays when I de-vein shrimp I make sure to have plenty of nice hot Oolong or Peppermint tea at hand and it just makes the whole task much less unpleasant. But get used to having shrimp goo all over the outside of your mug.

                                                                          6. Preparing the holiday turkey for roasting, taking off the fat, getting the gunk out of the cavity, etc. Yuck.

                                                                            1. Repackaging meat. We buy meat at costco or other places in bulk, which means it needs to be repacked into smaller servings. I love the savings but hate the repackaging. I've delayed several times so long that the whole thing needed to be tossed. I now have a rule for myself that I can't stick a big package in the fridge; it needs to be repackaged and put directly into the freezer.

                                                                              Don't mind chopping at all. Never bother to devein shrimp. Am ok with, though hardly love, clean up.

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                                                                              1. re: tcamp

                                                                                I completely understand this. I used to buy chicken breasts in bulk but sopped because I hated repackaging it so much.

                                                                                I also hate trimming fat from meat and especially hate removing silver skin from pork. And washing and drying herbs when I bring them home. And cleaning up flour spills after I've baked something.

                                                                                1. re: tcamp

                                                                                  I don't mind so much any more. I got a new food saver and it does the job so well. My DH and I buy in bulk now at Costco a lot and it really works out well.

                                                                                  1. re: tcamp

                                                                                    If you're averse to touching the meat, try turning the freezer bag inside out over your hand and using it like a glove. Slightly less disgusting.

                                                                                    1. re: tcamp

                                                                                      Haha! Same thing happen to me a few times! I am way to lazy...all the cutting and wrapping!

                                                                                    2. Going vegan eliminated nearly all the gross tasks! I like onions (and love the smell of them when my husband is cooking) but chopping them makes me cry. I'm not a big fan of clean up.

                                                                                      There are onion chopping goggles but I wear glasses and it's not a good idea for me to have a knife in hand without them.
                                                                                      http://www.cooksite.com/IBS/SimpleCat...

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                                                                                      1. re: lgss

                                                                                        If you have ski goggles, those take care of the crying problem for me.

                                                                                        1. re: jeremyn

                                                                                          Don't have any.

                                                                                        2. re: lgss

                                                                                          do you wear contact lenses as well? I find that I tear up less when I chop onions with contacts in. When I wear glasses, my eyes tear up much more.

                                                                                          1. re: cheesecake17

                                                                                            No, I tried contacts twice and it was like having toenail clippings in my eyes. I won't be trying them again.

                                                                                        3. no question...peeling hard-cooked eggs and skinning chickpeas. really the only two kitchen tasks i don't enjoy.

                                                                                          i could slice, dice, peel, devein and chop all day...i find it therapeutic. and i'm a clean freak so i actually like doing the dishes and the cleanup.

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                                                                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                            okay...the only person I ever knew who peeled her chickpeas had a husband with terrible Crohn's disease...he could not eat any fiber...so she made hummus for him and skinned all those chickpeas. Yeah, I tried it and it IS a labor of love...about drove me crazy...it removes ALL the fiber (which I understand is important for folks who suffer from that disorder)...so may I gently ask, do you do this for the same reason? Otherwise, I do not see the point.

                                                                                            1. re: Val

                                                                                              fortunately it's not a Crohn's issue, i just can't stand the texture of the skins. yes, i'm crazy, but that's been common knowledge for quite some time ;)

                                                                                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                I can't stand the skins either! I was so tickled the first time I ate them skinned. It was like a lightbulb went on-- OH, that's why people like these darn things!

                                                                                            2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                              Have you tried rolling them around in a terry towel? Works great on nuts, might work on chickpeas.

                                                                                              1. re: morwen

                                                                                                i think i've tried everything. the towel method doesn't really work because if you use sufficient pressure to remove the skins, you end up mashing the chickpeas into the towel...and then some of the skins get stuck in the mashed beans anyway! food mill didn't do the trick either. unfortunately i'm stuck with the one-at-a-time "pinch" method until someone (please, someone? anyone...?) invents a chickpea skinner. it's BEYOND tedious.

                                                                                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                  You're not alone in the chickpea loony bin (o; I skin chickpeas (not every time but most) for hummus too. I sit in the living room with two bowls and skin em while watching tv...takes some of the monotony out of the chore.

                                                                                                  1. re: maplesugar

                                                                                                    i'm even crazier than you are. i have this "thing" about food in the living room, so i can't bring myself to sit on the sofa with them to do it :)

                                                                                              2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                Absolutely with you on peeling eggs. Detestable work and sometimes impossible to do without destroying the things. I've skinned chickpeas for extra-creamy hummus once -- and though it was good, I'm too lazy to do it again!

                                                                                                My LEAST favorite task is peeling potatoes, especially a large batch. I wouldn't make it in a commercial kitchen. But I love the chopping, oddly.

                                                                                                1. re: dmd_kc

                                                                                                  I actually love to peel things (well, not onions so much). There's something mildly therapeutic about peeling potatoes and carrots. Have never tried to peel asparagus, though.

                                                                                                  And I can also stand in front of a stove all day stirring a risoto or a roux. Some folks blanch--so to speak--at this prospect.

                                                                                                2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                  Take the egg and bash it lightly on the counter, all over, until the shell is a big mass of small smashed cracks. Then the shell usually slips right off.

                                                                                                  1. re: visciole

                                                                                                    i have my tried & true method, it's just tedious no matter how you do it. i prefer to roll it in the sink, not on the counter - that way i can sweep any rogue shell fragments straight into the disposal.

                                                                                                    and yes, it *usually* works pretty well...but there's always at least one that just won't cooperate! :)

                                                                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                      You probably already know this, but very fresh eggs are the ones that are hard to peel. So if you know you're going to need a bunch of hard-boiled ones, let the eggs sit in the fridge first a week or so.

                                                                                                      1. re: visciole

                                                                                                        i know - that's part of my "method." i buy eggs for hard-cooking well in advance, and only use them for that purpose once they're at or past the the date stamped on the carton.

                                                                                                        we've had a zillion discussions about it here on CH, and while others claim they think age doesn't matter, that's been the biggest difference in my experience. but like i said, there's *always* at least one that won't cooperate - even with eggs that are a week or two past their sell-by date. it's maddening! :)

                                                                                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                          Not only is there always that one -- but it's always the NECESSARY one to make your batch complete. Even when I boil several extras in case, I invariably end up with just enough stubborn ones to make me want to never boil and peel another egg again.

                                                                                                          1. re: dmd_kc

                                                                                                            LOL! you're so right. but they're such a staple in my diet that i keep going back for more punishment week after week :)

                                                                                                            anyway, i always end up deciding it's all worth it in the end as soon as i bite into one and remember just how fantastic they are when cooked *properly*...unlike the rubbery overcooked versions you find everywhere from restaurants to grocery stores.

                                                                                                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                              Even worse for me, I can definitely take them or leave them, though I eat a lot of the whites for nutritional purposes.

                                                                                                              But deviled eggs are my eternal go-to appetizer/potluck/picnic food. I've never found anything that goes so quickly whenever I set them out, so I'm making them at least a couple times a month. So the peeling disaster is the inevitable monster under the bed...

                                                                                                          2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                            I always make a few extra than what I need to account for the 1-2 uncooperative ones... and whatever doesn't come out cleanly becomes egg salad sandwiches or a little protein to go with a green salad.

                                                                                                          3. re: visciole

                                                                                                            The only eggs I hate peeling are soft boiled eggs..its so so annoying

                                                                                                            1. re: kpaxonite

                                                                                                              You really don't have to peel those. Knock the end off and use a teaspoon to scoop it out, unless you're going to insist on having a whole, quivering and unbroken egg in front of you. If that's what you want you're better off poaching them.

                                                                                                            2. re: visciole

                                                                                                              Very fresh eggs are certainly tasty cooked any other way, but for hard-boiled eggs, they just have to be a little old. Something about the air seeping in. I turn them upside down (smaller, pointier end down) while they 'age.' It centers the yolk, at least in my experience, that way if you make deviled eggs, ya don't have that little thin flappy part that breaks when you try to stuff it.

                                                                                                              I never have a problem peeling eggs. After they're done cooking, drain the hot water out and rinse them with two or three soaks of cold water. Drain the water out, and then put the lid on and shake shake shake to break up the shells. Add more cold water and ice and let them sit. Peeling them under cold running water helps, too.

                                                                                                        2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                          You brought it back for me, goodhealthgourmet.

                                                                                                          Peeling hard-cooked eggs is what I envision one of the rooms in hell to be like. Invariably, if I'm making them just for us, the peels come off like a dream. But when I get ready to use a piping bag to dispense the yolks and want a fancy product... the peels stick and break-up the outsides of the eggs.

                                                                                                          Yes, I've tried all the tricks (rolling the shells, sure to plunge into ice-water, etc.) and even if the peels are flying off, perfectly, I'm still an unhappy camper until I'm done.

                                                                                                        3. The dishes!!!

                                                                                                          1. Standing in the cold, cutting up game. Plucking fowl. Don't mind the cutting up part, hate being cold and wet, or feathery and wet.

                                                                                                            1. I love working with fresh herbs, but I *hate* stripping thyme leaves off the stem. Hate it.

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                                                                                                              1. re: craiger1ny

                                                                                                                Thyme is my favorite herb, but I gotta agree its a pesty little plant when it comes to preparation.

                                                                                                                1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                  I just put the whole thyme sprig in whole and fish the stems out before serving. The leave fall right off. Off course only work where liquids are used.

                                                                                                                  1. re: JEN10

                                                                                                                    I'll give that a shot.

                                                                                                                    And relatedly, I'm a stickler about avoiding parsley and cilantro stems. I make it a point to clip and pluck just the leaves in order to avoid the stems. Most people just hack off a big chunk of cilantro/parsley with a knife and if they get some stem, no big deal. My method is pure-dee onerous, but Iyam what Iyam.

                                                                                                                    1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                      I pinch a thyme sprig tightly between my thumb and index fingers and quickly yank it through. The leaves come right off. It helps if you pull from the top down.

                                                                                                                      1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                        Yes, that's a good method for the sterner, thicker stems, but the smaller ones are too fragile for that and I can't stand wasting all that delicious thyme.

                                                                                                                        1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                          If the thyme stems are small/weak enough that they break when you try to de-stem their leaves the stems can be eaten if finely chopped.

                                                                                                                          1. re: Kelli2006

                                                                                                                            +1

                                                                                                                  2. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                    I hate that thyme stripping, too. It always seems as if it's going to be a cinch....just grasp the stem and slide your fingers down and the leaves come right off, right? WRONG! Instead, the stem snaps off almost immediately and you end up picking them off one at a time. Grrrrrr.

                                                                                                                    And don't get me started on rosemary! The stripping method actually does work for rosemary....however, the leaves come off in a clum and are attached at the bottom so you have to dislodge them by cutting off the bottom or picking them off.

                                                                                                                    Okay, I need a few sessions with a psychotherapist now!

                                                                                                                  3. re: craiger1ny

                                                                                                                    You're not pulling the leaves off individually, I hope.

                                                                                                                  4. Anything having to do with sifting or cleaning up after cocoa. Cleaning up chocolate for that matter!

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                                                                                                                    1. re: mnosyne

                                                                                                                      Totally agree. Cocoa has a knack for getting everywhere.
                                                                                                                      It's staining my dish towel as I type this!

                                                                                                                    2. Clean up. I hate cleaning up so much that it is, more often than I care to admit, a reason to not cook dinner. I don't think I'd ever cook if it weren't for our dishwasher. But, I won't put my nice knives and pans in the dishwasher, so there's usually some cleanup regardless. We have a Roomba...why is there no kitchen cleaning robot?!

                                                                                                                      I have a weird wet-things phobia, which is probably why my aversion is so strong. Wet garbage on the sidewalk upsets me in a serious way *shudder*.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: tazia

                                                                                                                        Kitchen roomba! Ha Ha! This reminds me of when I first got my roomba - I would follow it around and turn on lights for it - too weird, I know. I don't know how I would react to a kitchen roomba!

                                                                                                                        1. re: JerryMe

                                                                                                                          One of the things that I miss about dogs is that they're the *BEST* kitchen roombas ever! They'd just slurp whatever I drop. Took me a while to train myself into picking up the slops on the floor right away.,

                                                                                                                          1. re: cosmogrrl

                                                                                                                            I've got a cat or two who can compete with the greediest hounds when it comes to pouncing upon and devouring the odd morsel that finds the kitchen floor.

                                                                                                                      2. I hate whipping up egg whites - in fact, i generally avoid all mousses, cakes, etc. that require the beating of egg whites. peaks never form. I'll stick with a nice ganache, thank you very much.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: brooklynkoshereater

                                                                                                                          Peaks never form? Do you have the egg whites at room temperature and a completely clean bowl and beaters?

                                                                                                                          I only ask because I love to whip egg whites and find it very satisfying when they form peaks ;)

                                                                                                                          1. re: brooklynkoshereater

                                                                                                                            Visciole is exactly right, but it has to be a glass or metal bowl, no plastic as it holds grease that will make your egg whites limp.

                                                                                                                            1. re: pegasus1

                                                                                                                              That's interesting. I don't own any plastic bowls so I never had that problem!

                                                                                                                          2. I just can't stand peeling potatoes, like dmd_kc. I guess because I've done so many thousands of lbs. of them professionally, but I just can't bring myself to do it. Yeah, I know, it takes 2 minutes.
                                                                                                                            Mrbushwick complains as he likes his mashed, boiled, fried etc, peeled but I just don't care and do not peel anymore. He can lump it, sorry.
                                                                                                                            Everything else is no prob.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: bushwickgirl

                                                                                                                              I don't like peeling them, either. Perfect task for a husband with a broken ankle or butt planted in the couch.

                                                                                                                              I'll make an exception for sweet potatoes, because the fries are just so worth it.

                                                                                                                              1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                If (they are) organically grown and well-washed, we leave peels on regular potatoes and sweet potatoes.

                                                                                                                                I almost sent this without the words in parentheses, but upon re-reading, thought it might be confusing as to who/what was organically grown and well-washed.

                                                                                                                                1. re: lgss

                                                                                                                                  Agree. In fact the skins are my favorite part.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: lgss

                                                                                                                                    lgss, well i presume you, too, are organic and well-washed. ;-).

                                                                                                                                  2. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                    Now we're having the potato ricer discussion for very smooth pommes puree, as mrbushwick (aka Mr "butt planted in the couch") saw a food mill being used on "Best Thing I Ever Ate." Maybe I'll get one for whatever gift day comes up next, although I don't like food mills, messy and time consuming. Maybe he thinks I'll start peeling if I have a ricer-NOT.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: bushwickgirl

                                                                                                                                      cleaning the food mill -- i'm sure mr. butt planted in the couch would *love* helping do that!

                                                                                                                                2. Deep-frying

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                    I don't mind the frying but I hate the cleanup of every surface in the kitchen.

                                                                                                                                    I despise peeling potatoes. I love to bake and I don't mind washing dishes but the tedium of peeling potatoes.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                      Only outside using the turkey fryer base. Usually if we are going to fry, we fry a lot at one time to make good use of the oil, propane and effort. We strain and filter the oil to reuse, which takes time as well.

                                                                                                                                    2. I hate frying because it makes such a mess on the stovetop. Also not really a cooking task but it only ever seems to take place in the kitchen, is cleaning up broken glass. I'm always worried that I'll miss a piece. And for some reason whenever something breaks, all the pets seem to feel like they need to run into the kitchen to see whats going on.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: gmm

                                                                                                                                        ok, this really made me laugh. i got the funniest cartoon-esque mental image of a menagerie of pets scampering into the kitchen at the sound of glass breaking...and all skidding to a halt when they saw the shards on the floor :)

                                                                                                                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                          :) I wish that were the case. Glass on the floor is a two part problem when it comes to the pets. For the cats it's like "ooh sparkly bits!!", and they always seem to find it fascinating when I'm on my hands and knees cleaning the floor. Then the dog wants to see what the cats find so interesting.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: gmm

                                                                                                                                            This just brings back memories of my dad screeching at our begging cat to get out from underfoot while he cooks. Someone's tail or paw eventually gets stepped on by accident.

                                                                                                                                      2. Perilagu,

                                                                                                                                        I love to cutting my foods. What I really don't like is to wash my dishes and cookware. I am not sure if that count as cooking taste. If that does not, then I guess I hate washing certain vegetables. It just takes so much time.

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                                                                                          for me also the prep and knife work is a decompression task for me. I love that part. Cleaning the kitchen is not my favorite part.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: scubadoo97

                                                                                                                                            Scubadoo,

                                                                                                                                            Yet there are people who like to clean up. Weird :P

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                                                                                              That's my BIL. Well, he might not like it (I've never asked), but he's GOOD at it. I've asked if he rents out on an as-needed basis. Sister won't give him up, however. :-)

                                                                                                                                              And like Chemicalkinetics and scubadoo97, I love the prep process. I just wish I had more counter space to do what I need to do for some meals.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                When I run out of counter space, bowls and such end up on the top of the washing machine (it's in the kitchen), on the dining room table, and on the dining room server. I have a small coffee table in a corner of my living room to put desserts when friends come over. There's never enough room in the kitchen!

                                                                                                                                          2. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                                                                                            CK, hating the cleanup counts as a loathsome cooking task. I hate washing dishes. If I don't have access to a dishwasher I will wind up neglecting the dishes, or seeing if I can get anyone at all to wash the dishes FOR me. Even with the dishwasher, I find myself not using the clean-by-hand bowls and spoons, and I swear I use my crock pot less than I could.
                                                                                                                                            "Dishwasher safe" the magic words.

                                                                                                                                          3. Chopping garlic. Don't mind chopping or cutting anything else, but hate chopping garlic. Hate how sticky it is. Always get Mr. S to do it.

                                                                                                                                            I don't mind cleaning shrimp so much, but Mr. S is so much faster at it, that I just let him do it.

                                                                                                                                            And I kind of like cleaning up and doing the dishes. It's very satisfying to have a clean kitchen after.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: Sooeygun

                                                                                                                                              Have you tried a garlic press?

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Sooeygun

                                                                                                                                                I HATE chopping fresh garlic. The smell, the stickiness just gross me out. But, I love to eat it-the smell once it hits the pan is heavenly.
                                                                                                                                                I use a garlic press all the time. It saves my sanity.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Sooeygun

                                                                                                                                                  Try using a microplane for the garlic.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Sooeygun

                                                                                                                                                    I detest this task as well but will do it because I love the stuff.

                                                                                                                                                  2. Picking the bones out of salt fish, which I had to do with tedious frequency when my dear husband was alive. I'm not a big fan of salt fish (for "fish" read cod -- "salt fish" is what they call salt cod in Newfoundland). I hate the smell and the texture of handling it, although I'm happy enough to eat fish cakes or bacalao if someone else makes it.

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mwright

                                                                                                                                                      mwright: I know what you mean about salt cod. I don't think there's anything that stinks like that... I mean in the food category. On the other hand, it's just so delicious. I rarely make it, but I can't find anybody who'll do it for me. Ah well.

                                                                                                                                                    2. Mixing meat by hand for meatballs or loaf. I do it in my mixer on low now. When forming the balls I wear some gloves.

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: JEN10

                                                                                                                                                        Yes.

                                                                                                                                                        Don't like doing it, don't like seeing it done (especially by hands with long painted nails and a myriad of rings).

                                                                                                                                                      2. Sounds like you need a better knife, Perilagu!

                                                                                                                                                        1. peeling garlic, and post-cooking clean up. ;)

                                                                                                                                                          1. I love doing pretty much anything and everything in the kitchen. Chopping, slicing, dicing- all therapeutic and calming. Love peeling potatoes (don't do it often though) and carrots. I really feel accomplished when I see a big pile of carrot peels on the cutting board.

                                                                                                                                                            The only thing I don't like- washing bowl from baking late at night. I'll cook a big dinner, clean up, then start all over again to bake. When I'm done, the bowls and utensils go in the sink to soak till tomorrow. Drives my hsuband nuts..

                                                                                                                                                            My worst habit- drives everyone else crazy- is that I take out everything I need for the meal and pile it onto the kitchen table. When I'm done with the item, I dont put it back- but it goes on the kitchen table. Then while everything is in the oven, I go about reorganizing.

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: cheesecake17

                                                                                                                                                              What drives me crazy is the Khantessa's predilection for pots and pans.

                                                                                                                                                              Let me explain.

                                                                                                                                                              She is a dam' good cook, but makes an incredible mess while in the kitchen. She can heat a can of Campbell's soup and manage to befoul every cursed pot, pan and implement in the kitchen!

                                                                                                                                                              Bloody hell.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                Sounds like my husband and we made a deal before we got married that when he cooks (Tu,Th, and Sat or Sun I do dishes/ clean up and vice versa (M, W, F).

                                                                                                                                                            2. I'm trying very hard to think of one. I used to hate the tedium of trimming brussels sprouts and green beans, and salad-making used to bore me to distraction, but I guess I'm getting a lot more patient with age. I have no problem with thrusting hands into any kind of carcass, I've gotten patient with boning and de-fatting or de-sinewing, and even fussy little tasks like filling devilled eggs or several dozen patty shells is a nice diversion. As for cleanup, I got over that pretty much by several years of pulling KP in the Air Force, after I found that if I slept in and got there late I'd get stuck doing pots & pans, and I learned to LIKE doing pots & pans... and this was back when we didn't have grease-cutting liquid detergent, and had to use yellow soap. That sure builds character...

                                                                                                                                                              I think the only thing I don't like in the kitchen is trying to be polite to people who are very much in the way, which in my little space means damn near anywhere.

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                                                                                You have now entered the cooking zone, GET OUT!!!!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: JEN10

                                                                                                                                                                  Well, I can't really get that stiff about it for any number of reasons: they've brought a bottle of wine and want to pour me some, they brought food to share, they're old friends I haven't seen in years, or they're conversing and one of them is Mrs. O....

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                                                                                    I have a U shaped kitchen with an island and the cooking zone is at the bottom of the U. No reason to travel into the zone. So I understand. I was just making a funny!

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: JEN10

                                                                                                                                                                      JEN10, I like your style.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: renegadebadger

                                                                                                                                                                        It's a matter of visiting and cooking with ease. I love to visit, but stay out of my way.

                                                                                                                                                              2. Cleaning the entrails from squid
                                                                                                                                                                Opening clams and oysters -- I always manage to stab myself
                                                                                                                                                                Separating raw chicken into parts
                                                                                                                                                                Washing the bowl used for making and raising bread
                                                                                                                                                                Cleaning my stovetop and fan
                                                                                                                                                                I can't think of anything else at the moment. I love all aspects of the kitchen, at home and at work, except for those things.

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: pitterpatter

                                                                                                                                                                  Okay, stovetop and fan. Just stovetop for now, since the fan died, and as the installer thoughtfully tiled and grouted over and around its mounting flanges it's going to stay dead until we remodel the kitchen. But the cooktop is stainless steel - oh, good choice, Will! - and it's such a PITA to clean I usually wait until the grunge threatens to attain sentient life. Then I go crazy with the spray cleaner and about half a roll of paper towels, which I do NOT enjoy doing, though I enjoy that magical ten minutes or so after I'm done when it's really clean. And then suddenly it's not... or so it seems.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                                                                                    Oh yeah, same thing with my glass top stove. Once it's nice and shiny the cat waits until we're in deep REM sleep and then checks out the counter, leaving a paw print trail across the glass top.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                                                                                      Stovetop, definitely. I have a 40's stove with tons of nooks and crannies where grease and splotches collect. Ugh.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: pitterpatter

                                                                                                                                                                      pitterpatter: I can't stand the extra piece of plastic-y stuff that is still in the squid tube after you've gotten the entrails out.

                                                                                                                                                                      I also HATE to clean my ceiling fan above the stove. I actually wait until some grease drops on my head while I'm cooking. That's how much I HATE HATE HATE it. My sister said that maybe I wouldn't hate it so much if I didn't leave it until it started dripping.....I don't pay any attention to that kind of advice. Waaay, too reasonable.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: oakjoan

                                                                                                                                                                        I thought I was the only one with that particular ceiling fan cleaning aversion. They should make all parts removable and dishwasher-safe.

                                                                                                                                                                    3. Washing greens & grating cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. Peeling Potatoes
                                                                                                                                                                        Unloading the dishwasher, I dont mind loading (in fact I'm the queen of loading, I can fit 5 times as much in as my husband can) or general cleanup, but hate unloading.
                                                                                                                                                                        Cleaning the saucepan I've used to make fondue. It's just a big cheesy mess that sticks to the dishrag or scrubber. I'd rather clean up the bowl used for dough.
                                                                                                                                                                        Peeling eggs, most of the time it seems like half of them have to be thrown away cuz I've mutilated them.

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: jcattles

                                                                                                                                                                          << "Cleaning the saucepan I've used to make fondue. It's just a big cheesy mess that sticks to the dishrag or scrubber." >>

                                                                                                                                                                          I know this confession will horrify some if not many people, but this is the type of *problem* my dog is excellent at solving. Yes, I put it down for the dog to enjoy and take care of the goop before the wash. What are dogs for if not to make clean-up easier? Of course if you have one of those fluffy dogs It might not workout as well. :-}

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: just_M

                                                                                                                                                                            when I was young whenever i spilt milk id go find my cat

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: just_M

                                                                                                                                                                              I'm totally trying that next time!!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                          2. How can I limit it to one...

                                                                                                                                                                            1) kitchen clean up, 2) washing salad greens, 3) finding room in my fridge for leftovers.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. Agree with washing salad greens, and I mostly try and avoid using the spinner, such a hassle to dig out of the cupboard and clean. For a while I would bunch up the wet leaves in a dish towel into a 'sack' and fling it about (kind of like a human salad spinner I guess!), getting the job done but creating a lot of unintentional comedy as much of my kitchen would end up covered in water!

                                                                                                                                                                              And, brushing mushrooms. Love mushrooms, hate cleaning them. After a couple of swipes my fingers end up all slimey and gummy.

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: tinybites

                                                                                                                                                                                Agreed on cleaning mushrooms. And a mushroom brush is of only minimal help in my experience. If somebody could invent a process for thoroughly cleaning shrooms without using moisture they would make a bloody fortune.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                  I wash my mushrooms (I mean, why would you not wash something that who knows who handled before you put it into your mouth?) and then use a clean dish towel to rub any debris off them.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Unfortunately, the dish towel is done and goes into the laundry at that point.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: monavano

                                                                                                                                                                                    I've understood you're not supposed to moisten mushrooms. They soak up that moisture, which causes them to do bad, evil, naughty things to your dishes. As for strangers handling them, meh, I'm going to cook them anyway so I don't sweat it.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                      I've never understood the do not wash your mushrooms rule. My husband harvests wild mushrooms and many/most times they are soaking wet and full of schmootz from the rain. I'm not sure how I would get a fresh chantrelle clean without water. Actually are there any mushrooms besides commercially grown that grow in a dry environment? As mushrooms seem to grow here during the rainy seasons only, I can't see why they should not be rinsed.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: just_M

                                                                                                                                                                                        The issue with not washing (the term should really be referred to as not "soaking") mushrooms is that they are little sponges and absorb a tremendous amount of water, making them soggy in the pan and in your dish, as Perilagu mentioned. A moistened paper towel works well.

                                                                                                                                                                                        A quick rinse is ok, IMO, and brush lightly with a soft cloth or the mushroom brush, especially with wild mushrooms, but no soaking, ever.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Remember, cultivated mushrooms are grown in a sterile growing medium, not cow manure, so if you don't bother to wash them, you're not gonna die.

                                                                                                                                                                                        I don't see mushrooms with much growing medium attached to them in the supermarkets these days; they seem to be quite clean. I often get white button mushrooms that are nice and clean in the package. I just trim their stems and let it go at that.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: bushwickgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                          I have noticed that the button mushrooms are cleaner than they used to be. The packagers have apparently hit upon a better cleaning process.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: bushwickgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                            OK, good. I'm relieved to know it's not manure. Shudder.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: just_M

                                                                                                                                                                                            Since I started buying large quantities of wild mushrooms so I could roast them for freezing, I stopped using just a brush and moistened paper towel to clean them. I fill the bowl of my salad spinner w/water, then lower the basket part w/mushrooms into the water and swish around quickly and briefly to loosen dirt. Then I remove basket, empty water from the bowl, put basket back in and put cover on and spin. This seems to work very well, w/no excess moisture problems, esp. when roasting the mushrooms immediately.

                                                                                                                                                                                            When I'm dealing w/ a small amount, I use the old brush and paper towel method, which is tedious--but doesn't require pulling out the spinner from the high cabinet and cleaning and drying and putting it away.

                                                                                                                                                                                          3. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                            both Harold McGee and Alton Brown have shown - via soaking experiments - that mushrooms don't soak up nearly as much water as we used to believe. a rinse isn't going to hurt.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                              Good,

                                                                                                                                                                                              I never thought fresh mushroom soak up much water, so I always soak them in water to clean. Fresh mushrooms have a lot of water in them already. That said, dried mushrooms do soak up a lot of water :P Heh heh heh.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Love, love, LOVE prepping/peeling/chopping garlic. It's my favorite thing.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I really hate dealing with whole birds. I know I've mentioned it before. Having to rinse them and grabbing them under their rubbery birdy armpits gives me the heebies. It's just...bad.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Dealing with shrimp poopies is no picnic, but I'll take that over the slippery dead rubberbirdbaby chore, if I had my pick.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Boccone Dolce

                                                                                                                                                                                        garlic prep is one of my favorite moments of the day. it's the first thing i do when i start making dinner, and dinner prep is the way i like to relax & wind down after the day's madness. i give the garlic one good thwack to release any tension or frustration, and after that it's the soothing rhythms of chopping/mincing/slicing/stirring/sizzling....

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                          I love the rhythms of the kitchen, too. Definitely relaxing, as long as I have plenty of time to cook. Cooking in a rush is a hassle and I'm likely to drop/break/scald something.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. OK, after just making dough for bread, I have to say what I detest the most is cleaning up after the flour, which gets EVERYWHERE!
                                                                                                                                                                                        Ugh!

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: monavano

                                                                                                                                                                                          Do you have a bench knife to clean the counters with? I've also been known to use the crevice tool and a wand on my vacuum after mixing bread dough.

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Does taking out the garbage and cleaning the fridge count - I hate that.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. cutting up a whole chicken!

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                              I love doing that.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: scubadoo97

                                                                                                                                                                                                Me, too. A sharp knife is a joy forever.

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                Hmm, I won't say I "love" doing it, but I do find it fun to do.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                                                                                                                                                  What I find most fun about it is how easy it's gotten to be. I seem to have developed some magical ability to know exactly where all the joints are, and my knife goes unerringly there. Unless of course I'm showing it off... ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                              3. dicing up hot peppers such as jalapenos or hotter. Seems no matter how many times I wash my hands, I still can't get the oil off my hands. Even the next day, if I take my contacts out, my eyes burn. The first time I ever diced jalapenos, I didn't realize how much oil gets on your hands until I went to the bathroom. Next thing I know, I'm squirming around and getting uncomfortable. By the time dinner was ready, I was in real pain and had to run upstairs to take a shower. That didn't really help so I just had to tough it out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Needless to say....now I wear gloves and am extra cautious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: egbluesuede

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dam' fool that I am, I once chopped up some habaneros and soon thereafter attempted to remove a contact for cleaning purposes. I suppose I don't need to tell you how excruciating that experience was...

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                    habaneros is worse than jalapenos. By the way, that is why technically "hot" is a pain and not a taste.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: egbluesuede

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Squeeze some lemon or lime juice on your hands...it makes a huge difference.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    For me, 90% of the time I'm using peppers, it's for guac, so I always have a lime handy. Half of it gets squeezed into the guac, the other half gets squeezed over my hands. Give it a try.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: BigE

                                                                                                                                                                                                      re: peppers....charring peppers over the flame prior to placing in a paper bag to remove the skin. It takes FOREVER, and I always have parts uncharred so that skinning the darned things is still a pain.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Michelly

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Use a torch

                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. By far, handling raw chicken, hate it. Don't feel the same way about other raw meat, no rational explanation. But I do it, wearing disposable gloves, because we love so many chicken dishes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I also, like many others, dislike washing and drying salad greens.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    And definitely not a fan of deep-frying.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Keeping the broiler pan clean and shiny. Seems to get a buildup on it that is just almost impossible to get off.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Slicing cabbage is no problem if you have a food processor attachment to your table top mixer...
                                                                                                                                                                                                        I hate chopping onions since I cry too much and can't see anything. By the way there are gadgets that help big time with cutting and chopping, but you have to wash them afterwards... I use my Fruit and Vegetable Chopper to cut onions and simplify this horrible task.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Basia9a

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I got my Dad one of these gadgets for Xmas because chopping was getting too hard on his bad shoulder, plus he hates doing it. He loves it! And he says it's easy to clean, and he hates cleaning too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          This may even help those of use that get teary eyed over the sad onions...

                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: cosmogrrl

                                                                                                                                                                                                            How much oomph does it take to get stuff through and chopped? This might be good for my mom-in-law.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                              one reviewer said she puts it on the floor and steps on it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                a bit of pressure but not too much. My couson who has fibro mayalga (sp?) managed to use it easily. You can easily step on it if it's on the ground.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. i didn't see it but i hate washing a sieve or a food mill or those stupidly fancy chinois!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            and washing things after cooking... wasn't this supposed to be the SO's job??

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jeniyo

                                                                                                                                                                                                              "and washing things after cooking... wasn't this supposed to be the SO's job??"
                                                                                                                                                                                                              ~~~~~~~
                                                                                                                                                                                                              alas, for a singleton like me, that's not an option!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jeniyo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jeniyo wrote:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                "washing things after cooking... wasn't this supposed to be the SO's job??"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I know the feeling. (roll eyes)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: scubadoo97

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  have you ever tried a "cooking strike"? it can do wonders! ;-)).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    pounding out chicken, pork, meat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    picking out shells from crab meat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    rinsing salad greens or worse sandy herbs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    peeling potatoes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    grating cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    opening and draining cans of tuna
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    deseeding difficult avocados
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    peeling mangos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    husking corn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    draining oil from cooked ground meat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    cleaning mussels (try to stick to farm raised)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: sarasassy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hell, is there anything you LIKE to do in the kitchen? ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i was sorta thinkin' the same thing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i agree on the draining oil from cooked ground meat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mrbushwick is very good about wriggling around any cooking strike, plus I feel perpetually sorry for the hungry, human or animal, with that "feed me mommy" look in their eye.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And no, he does not do the dishes, either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: bushwickgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I lucked out, husband does most of the dishes. I am alwayds moree than willing to cook for that reason.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I read this thread all the way through, so funny. Chopping & prepping the veggies or protein is therapeutic and relaxing - as long as I'm under no time pressure. Another one I hate that I wouldn't have thought of on my own is finding room in the fridge for leftovers. I hate that and 3/4 of the time, I throw them out anyway and have another bowl to wash.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But my inexplicable least favorite task, my exception to the rule above, is cleaning & prepping broccoli. Hate it. Those little sprouts get everywhere, I never know where to cut to make nice florets, and I feel guilty chucking the stalk or grumble as I peel the stalk & waste half of it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Cleaning chicken breasts. Even though it only takes a couple of minutes to trim and butterfly, I just HATE it; to the point where I practically never make anything with chicken breast so that I can avoid the task.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I also don't like using the mandolin and peeling potatoes/veg. That's a once-bitten, twice-shy thing where I've gotten sliced by both the peeler and mandolin and am now very paranoid about using either. Oddly enough, I've taken some knicks from the knife, but I still like to chop!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: KosherHound

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm so happy that I bought a cut resistant glove -- I can look up the internet site for purchase if you wish. I use it for the mandolin and also I have one of those new microplane box graters and I wear it for that, too, when I'm shredding parmesan, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: walker

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        what kind do you have? are they thick like oven mitts? Price?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kpaxonite

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I bought my glove at a sporting goods store. Ask the clerk for a fish cleaning/filleting glove.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/tem...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Kelli2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            What a great idea and price. Anything else good at the sporting goods store?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: kpaxonite

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            No, they (rather, IT) is not thick. I just bought one for $24.95, free shipping. It was rec by someone on CH. Called Polar Bear PawGard Glove.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.askthemeatman.com/cut_resi...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. re: walker

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Please tell that you got this one, please:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.amazon.com/Paderno-World-C...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              damnnnn!!!!!! talkabout pricey!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kpaxonite

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kpaxonite,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                But it is 4-for-3, so if you buy 3, you get 1 free! In additional, this comes as a matching set for this apron: :P

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.amazon.com/Paderno-World-C...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LOL!!!!!!!! I could be a knight!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kpaxonite

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    :) That what I thought when I first saw it. By the way, there are even more expansive stainless steel gloves.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wait till you invite your friend and family to the next dinner and you dress up with this stainless steel set, I think they will go completely speechless.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      these kevlar gloves are on sale: http://www.chefdepot.net/bonesaw.htm?...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: walker

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes, definitely. Have you had encounters with the blade and found that it actually worked?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. re: KosherHound

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              KosherHound: This is in response to your post a bit higher up the Board about boning chicken breasts. I think it's worth it because buying bone-in chicken breasts is quite a bit cheaper than the boned ones. I always smirk at the people who pay all that money for something that is, although somewhat disgusting, so easy and fast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Some day soon they'll have packaged raw, boned chicken pieces cut into strips for you won't have to go to all the trouble of slicing it yourself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: oakjoan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                chicken tenderloins ring a bell? ;-).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            4. Tasting pasta to see if its ready

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kpaxonite

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Agreed. That is nothing but sheer hell on earth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Can you please explain this statement because I don't understand why this would be a problem.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Kelli2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It isnt really a problem I dont know why but I just hate doing it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    """That is nothing but sheer hell on earth.""

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    PK! you are too funny! LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Glad somebody appreciates my sarcasm. ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I hate handling raw meat, especially chicken. I'm not a vegetarian, but I eat vegetarian at home almost always for this reason.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But what I REALLY hate is cleaning the kitchen floor!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Breaking down pomelos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tearing out the guts of dried anchovies

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I can't stand handling the little absorbent pad that collects juices in the bottom of a package of raw meat. I have to yank that out before rinsing and recycling the container.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Also, removing the silverskin from meats. And pounding meats thin...juices and sticky bits inevitably fly everywhere, no matter how much plastic wrap I lay down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Finally, not strictly food prep, but I really *really* hate sorting our recycling. Why does so much food come overly packaged? (Yes, even primarily fresh food). It is such a drag to sort through the mountain of plastic, paper, metal, and glass every few weeks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        oh yes, agree on the silverskin! tiresome.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And I agree on the recycling. That's why I don't do it. **gasp!**

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Steve Chu would be so disappointed. In Germany, they'd just fine you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              They'd fine me in New Jersey. Then again, Newark and Berlin are much of a muchness. ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Christina - When I pound meat I put it in a big ziploc, without the seal closed. I've found this prevents the 'fly-aways' from flying across the room. Most plastic wrap, IMHO, is far too thin to taking the beating, if you will.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: JerryMe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            try using cereal box plastic inserts -- heavier duty!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I recommend living in a city that sorts the recycling by machine, as mine does ;) There are just a few rules, like you can't crush cans, or recycle plastic bags or hangers (which get caught in the sorting equipment).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. i absolutely hate grating cheese or anything else in the box grater. i will julienne carrots instead of grating them (don't care if that's not EXACTLY what the recipe calls for). i'll even break out a monstrous 14-cup food processor to shred 1 cup of cheese. it's really pathetic. but i can't stand grating!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: lilaki

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It must really grate on you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: lilaki

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Do you have a really sharp box grater? Mine usually is something cheap from the dollar store/Target, and I always shave my knuckles by accident. However, this week in class my teacher let us use her box grater, which was really sharp. It was smooth sailing, no chunks breaking off, and I was able to avoid shearing off any skin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  my box grater is some cheap thing too. but really, i've just given up using it. i needed some shredded cheese for dinner last night ... i ended up shredding the ENTIRE block (800g or so) in the food processor (with much satisfaction, i might add). i froze the majority of it on a sheet pan and then transferred it to a zip bag. now at least i have a good amount of shredded cheese ready to go! i know ... crazy avoidance of the bloody box grater!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. ...removing tails and shells from mung bean sprouts for 3 reasons:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * it's tedious
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * the sprouts cook down to nothing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * the mouthfuls you chow down in a few minutes probably took 10x as long to prep

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I hate shredding cheese especially when it gets down to a small piece.. I dread this.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Like so many others, I HATE the cleanup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Runners-up for loathsome tasks: skimming the fat off stocks and broth, cutting/peeling winter squash, and cleaning/hulling strawberries. These, and the fan favorite--deveining shrimp--are guaranteed cuss-triggers in my kitchen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Cleaning whole squid. Yuck, yuck. Sharp, beaky, slimy, big googly eyes. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: rcallner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You guys must REALLLLLY love squid. Unbelievable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          squid is beak-a-licious!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'd say it's totally, completely and in all other ways unbeakable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "the unbeakable lightness of being"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.boneclones.com/KO-222.htm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "At 10 inches in diameter, the eyes of the Giant Squid are the largest known in the natural world." -- fun, squidelicious fact.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ~~~~
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "squid: the inside story" http://seawifs.gsfc.nasa.gov/OCEAN_PL...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              once chunked by the beak, the squid's food is rammed through the esophagus which passes through the brain to the stomach. neat! maybe not so appetizing. i mean, talk about eating with your mind!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ~~~~~
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              here are the squid's squidgy inner parts: http://rydberg.biology.colostate.edu/...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              let's just say this may change one's appetite for squid.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              thanks a lot, PK!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I have never been able to get myself to even consider eating squid, due to a stint working as a dishwasher/food prep stooge in the kitchen of an upscale Italian restaurant one summer before I really developed any taste for food beyond peanut butter. Peeling and deveining shrimp was a nightly hated task, and turned me off shrimp for YEARS. The few times I had to clean squid for specials made me know that I could never go there. Never. No. No cephalapods for me. It's 20 years after the fact, and it still makes me, a person with a cast-iron constitution, feel gross to think about it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Putting my hands in the dishwashing gloves if they've gotten wet inside. Yuck!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: lgss

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yuck. That's why we have multiple pairs on the go and always turn them inside out when taking them off.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Getting the heart out of the artichokes, my god, what a fruitless job.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: AngelSanctuary

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Angle Sanct: Don't you wait until the artichokes are cooked to de-heart them? I'd go nuts if I had to scrape out the uncooked heart.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: oakjoan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ...haha I'm an idiot since I didn't think of that but I can imagine certain food applications needs raw ones~

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Well, I don't have a dishwasher (first apartment) so I have to say washing dishes is the worst, but specifically washing anything that is baked on, was cooked with cheese or anything that used the microplane. I have been known to put the microplane in a plastic bag until I get to my parents' to use their dishwasher.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            However, there is another task I hate that I didn't see here- cleaning leeks. I don't know if it is just my local shops, but they are always FILTHY! I adore leeks, but don't prepare them often because of the cleaning difficulties.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: CoffeeNCookies

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I find that if I soak anything cheesy in hot water right away with some dish soap, the cheese slides right off in a little while. Same with the microplane.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. i dont like measuring

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: dabest

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My guess is that most Hounds don't bother with measurements. I do, but I'm in the minority on this, I suspect.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Depends. Primarily when baking or trying a new recipe for the first time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Actually, I don't measure everything, but if a recipe calls for more than two T. of something I'll usually forego eyeballing it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. I detest grating carrots. ( lazy about getting out the food processor). I have a de-lish carrot cake recipe, but have not baked it in years.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: 3doggirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I think it'd be an easy task with the microplane box grater. I use that cut resistant glove (mentioned above) when I do this so I don't take off some of my knuckle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Peeling sheeps' eyes is so awful that I get my wife to do it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Robin Joy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Peelin' sheep's eyes, eh?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Granted, that's tough duty, but you ain't had a rough time in the old kitchen until you've had to clean the grit out of a pack of walrus pancreases. Whoah!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      pancrei?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Walrei pancrei?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sauteed in brown butter w/a bit of sage . . .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes, and I always tell the butcher to leave a bit of gall bladder attached to the pancreas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              a bitter pill to swallow, indeed!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. De veining shrimp, removing the wax/skin off turnip or celeriac, peeling onions- as mascara should never be worn while doing that task...and trying not to lick the icing bowl!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Re unloading the dishwasher, I also hate doing this but have found a sort of antidote which I will share: put a mug of water in the microwave to heat for tea, set the timer to 2 minutes, and then race against it to see if you can get everything in the dishwasher put away VERY FAST before the timer dings. Plus, you get a cup of tea as your reward. Sorry, but I have to play dumb games with myself in order to get anything done.......

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Querencia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Right, and if you are slower than the microwave, then you don't get to drink any tea.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. cleaning up afterwards

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. This may seem like heresy, but you don't need to devein shrimp. It won't affect the flavour and it won't poison you. And it will save you a lot of hassle. Just tear off the legs, twist off the shell and you're done.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I think if you start seeing things being "yucky" when you're cooking, whether that's raw meat, shrimps, or gunky avocados, then you need to chill out a bit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: renegadebadger

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You certainly don't have to ... but who wants to find shrimp sh!t while eating?? That is yucky in my book ...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: foiegras

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But 3 years old boy also find 3 year old girl yucky.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: foiegras

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                think of this, higher up the food chain, the shrimp *are* sh!t.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. There is no prep task I've run into that really bothers me. Chopping, mincing, prepping greens, butchering - love it. Same on the back end - carving, making sauces, etc...all good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dishes/general clean up would be the worst for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              P.S. - I guess if anything bugs me, it would be scrubbing and peeling potatoes. There are very few recipes where I actually peel them, but it is an annoying little task.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. It used to be chopping onions, because I hated crying. Not to mention that last bit of onion that you don't really need, you already have enough--it's more difficult to chop, but you hate to waste it. My grocery store has solved my problem ... they prep a number of different vegetables & fruits, so I no longer have to do it. Now I buy whole onions only if I want slices, quarters, or an extremely coarse chop. All of which are easy to do ...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. OK, not a deal breaker, but yesterday I remembered how much trying to peel away proscuitto from the waxy paper that separates the slices gets on my last nerve.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The slices always tear and stick.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It was worth the effort in the end :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: monavano

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yeppers, that one can be truly agravating!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. rolling out alot of fresh pasta dough with a hand crank pasta machine..its just alot of muscle to use but so worth the result

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and of course onions cant stop crying the whole time

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: iamthechef59

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm glad I bought the pasta attachment for the Kitchenaid; now I give away the hand crank.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: walker

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i was going to by the attachment but then it turned out that i got this for a present so i didnt get a say in which one i got

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: iamthechef59

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          For your next birthday or Christmas present, buy the attachment as a present for yourself -- it's really worth it. (I watched Youtube videos for how to use it.) It comes as a set of 3 -- you use the flat one first. The other 2 are fettucine and spaghetti -- I've only used the fettucine one. I've made Marcella Hazan's lasagna -- so delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. washing stemware. hate with the fire of a thousand suns.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I detest peeling garlic, but won't go for the jarred stuff because it's icky. I hate getting sticky garlic on my hands. Just yuck.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Although I love the result I dislike shelling seafood, like shrimp and scampi.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. C,s,d, no prob....gutting fish is the worst! Just thinking about it makes me shudder.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Peeling eggs. Washing cutlery for some reason.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I love chopping, dicing, peeling, seasoning, butterflying, pounding, puréeing, sautéing, boiling, blending, mashing, processing, roasting, toasting, and searing—heck, even count me in for temping a piece of meat obsessively every two minutes—but the moment I realize I have to wash the dishes and get everything clean and out the way, I want to bolt out the front door. That's what fiancés are for. :} I cook and he cleans!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Baskerville

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Couldn't agree more. Love cooking...cutting, chopping, dicing are all fun to me. Clean-up, I could do without!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. One I didn't know I'd hate but found out today, the first time I'd ever had to do it...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I took a bargain ($3.95/lb) from Chinatown goose out of the fridge today to see whether it was thawed, then started to get it ready to cook (season and put in fridge).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And it had its head and its feet attached. So I decapitated it (we used to get poultry like that in Taipei, no big deal) (the neck is really good) and took its feet off to put in the stock. Then I turned it over and noticed that the plucking had, shall we say, been minimal (more shaved than plucked, it would seem). .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I SPENT AN HOUR PULLING OUT PINFEATHERS WITH MY EYEBROW TWEEZERS!!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I now know more about goose feather anatomy than I ever cared to.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Aaaaaagh! NO MORE BARGAIN GOOSE!!! The last one we got "cheap" was uneviscerated (but better plucked than this one).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This reminds me of my aunt in Turkey, teaching me how to prepare a chicken for roasting. Check for an egg, added bonus!, then take the neck (still attached), and put it over the gas stove to burn the last of the feathers off. Cut off the feet, then the neck. No either chop it up for parts or roast whole. As a child from the states, who was used to super market chicken, this was a new experience. I think I was about 6 at the time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Peeling potatoes. It just never seems to end.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I actually like peelin' spuds and carrots. Weird, I know.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Picking the sucker things off the tentacles of squid.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Peeling hard boiled eggs. Preparing tiny little scampi that my Dad keeps buying, not worth the trouble.