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Sep 26, 2013 01:14 AM

season up or down

Do you prefer to overseason or underseason a recipe??

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  1. Hmm, that is a tough one. The short answer is that if I have to chose between the two, I probably would underseason a recipe.

    1. Neither. I prefer to season it correctly.

      If you are asking which unpreferred situation I'd rather be in, I'd say under seasoned, as you can always add more.

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      1. re: boogiebaby

        I don't really get the question as I'd like to season it correctly, but I'd prefer underseasoned if I had to pick. It's more likely to be edible with some adjustments.

      2. Under season. Hard to combat over seasoning. It's subjective to a degree and my under season may be someone else's over and vice versa.

        1. Neither. The first time I make a recipe I follow it to the letter, unless there's an ingredient I don't like or don't have. My sources are generally ones that I've used and trust so why tinker with their success?

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          1. re: c oliver

            Me too. I make some Escoffier dishes and always follow the recipe exactly. Never had a disappointment.
            The picture of my old uncle popping the hood on my professionally tuned 1958 190SL with a big screw driver in his hand because "something doesn't sound right" still makes me shudder. LOL

            1. re: Puffin3

              When people say they never follow recipes I always wonder if they think their cooking is better than it actually is. Kinda like your uncle :)

            2. re: c oliver

              I never measure salt but other than that I do follow the recipe.

              1. re: c oliver

                But how many recipes tell you how much salt to use? My pet recipe peeve as I have mentioned elsewhere.

                1. re: mwhitmore

                  Isn't this a to taste sort of thing?

                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                    I'll agree with mwhit's peeve on the "to taste" instruction. If I have a recipe/ dish that I have made multiple times, I am able to season to my taste. For an initial run, it's frustrating to see "to taste," since, well, I really don't know what that taste is yet, y'know? It's okay for me, say, with soups that you can taste along the way, but for something like meatballs, for example, it's a PITA to have to fry off bits to see if "to taste" is right. I'm adept enough to guess, but I find it to be sloppy how-to writing.

                  2. re: mwhitmore

                    I regularly use recipes that give specific amounts for salt. I do think it's annoying (and funny) when they say "season to taste" and we're talking about raw ingredients :)

                2. Neither. If I'm following a recipe, I follow the recipe.

                  Of course, many recipes say, with regard to salt & pepper, "season to taste". So I do.