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desperate for help; tips or tricks for a strange food prep issue!

My significant other will only eat food that is almost burnt! Not kidding! Veggies have to be almost mushy (I take mine out early) and food always has to have some amount of char marks! Strange, I know. Food can be thouroughly cooked, brrowned even (ex: sausages that are boiled, then fried and browned but no dark char and he will say it's not cooked enough!) Anyone have any tricks for facking browning or charring?? Thanks, getting desperate and sick of cooking things to death!!

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    1. if he were my SO, he'd be cooking for himself.

      1. I wouldn't say no; I'd cook his food the way he likes it and cook mine the way I like it. Not everyone likes everything the same.

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        1. re: Cherylptw

          Separate meals will wear away at their relationship over time, not to mention causing turmoil when they entertain or go out to restaurants or the homes of others. He needs to get over it before it controls their lives and relationships. Maybe cooking classes for him would help.

          1. re: sandylc

            I kind of disagree with the fact that he "needs to get over it". Peoples tastes are what they are, and I dont think anyone has any right to tell anyone to change them. I hate getting orders for well done steaks, but Im not going to be one of those obnoxious chefs who refuses to cook them because I think I know better. I think trying to force him to change is kind of the same thing.

            That said, there is no reason he cant cook for himself either :)

        2. does he like the char taste, or is it because he grew up eating burnt food? I'm curious as to why he wants his food overcooked...

          1. maybe try using some liquid smoke in his foods?

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            1. re: darrentran87

              Hi! WOW! First post ever! You guys are fast!! Anyway, I've tried the liquid smoke and, I've realised (through a lot of sneaky experiments) that it's the appearance, not the flavour. I wish "crayola" made and edible selection of brown and black crayons so I could draw my own char marks on the food!!

              1. re: joseenatalie

                What about a kitchen blowtorch that is used for caramelizing creme brûlée?

                1. re: melpy

                  That was going to be my suggestion. This would do a lot while still retaining the real flavor of the foods.

                  1. re: melpy

                    PERFECT!! For you Melpy and others who suggested the kitchen blowtorch, THANKS a bunch!! I don't know why I did not think of it sooner!? You guys are awsome!! Happy Halloween!