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What food did you think you hated, but just never had cooked right?

What food did you think you hated, but just never had cooked right?

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  1. Asparagus. Like most of the other comments, my parents overcooked it. They would steam them until they were mushy, and added no extra flavor in any way. My first job was for a catering company and once I had it prepared correctly, I changed my mind completely.

  2. Baked french fries my mom like them really soft so she barely cook them. When I tried making them on my own with an appropriate temperature for an appropriate length of time they’re actually pretty good.

  3. Ribs. As a child my father would buy a rack of spare ribs, cut them into individual bones, and char them over an open flame. They were terrible, I mean fucking inedible. Years later I had slow smoked ribs at a party and it was mildly life changing. Now ribs are one of my favorite foods and my wife just bought me a $700 smoker for my birthday

  4. Spinach. My parents used to serve it just heated up – it was pretty much identical to the spinach-y mush Popeye would eat in this cartoon. I had gag reflex every time I took a piece, it was a horrible experience overall. But it turned out it’s pretty good when it’s fresh or as a ingredient in pasta for example.

  5. Reading through these comments, I’m reminded of how much American basic cooking knowledge was obliterated by the great depression and WWII. My grandparents and their peers entered adulthood when you were supposed to cook things thoroughly because the meat might be less than ideal, canned vegetables were a hedge against shortages, and microwaves were a proud sign of middle class success. My parents’ and their peers’ generation (boomers) were then taught nothing about cooking.

    My wife grew up in a family with a strong uninterrupted cooking tradition though. When our parents met, my mom said to her mom “You guys cook so much. It must be a challenge with my son being such a picky eater.” And my wife’s mom responded “Picky eater? Yeah, he picks it up and eats it!”

    Edit: lol, thank you for the “Stuff My Face” award.

  6. Along the same lines, my grandmother regularly made pot roast. Didn’t hate it, but I had no idea it wasn’t supposed to be dry and needing ketchup until she passed away in 1986 and my mom started making it.

  7. Steak. My parents would never season meat and then cook the shit out of everything. I ended up being a vegetarian from the time I was 14 to 19 because I just thought I didn’t like meat. Turns out I really like meat, my parents just can’t cook.

  8. Pretty much all vegetables in my youth. When I was in junior high school a teacher told me to steam vegetables instead of boiling them- then broccoli and cauliflower were so much better- but then I was like- what if we ate them raw- and my parents were like- “impossible! You’d get sick!” But I started dicing up cauliflower and broccoli to put on winter salads and my parents were like- this is so much better than boiled vegetables.

    I’m old, but it wasn’t too long ago where people thought you had to cook the hell out of vegetables that were honestly better raw.

  9. Tofu, honestly I had only really had it in hot pots and soups. And the few times I had it in a dish besides that it was wet spongy and just gross.

    My wife introduced me to “extra firm tofu” and we press the liquid out before cooking it and it is just delicious if prepped properly.

  10. Oh boy.

    Broccoli. Cauliflower. Fish. Freshly baked bread.

    Curries. Milk. Home made cappuccino.

    The list goes on and on.

    Once you start to cook it right? Oh my god.

    Broccoli went from yucky to need.

    Yesterday only, I boiled my cauliflower till tender, then pureed them.

    And mixed them, hear me out, mixed them, into white sauce pasta.

    OH MY LORD. I didn’t even need cheese. It was so creamy. Yum. And nutritious too!

  11. Steak. My mom cremated every piece of meat she got her hands on. Same with roast dinners on a Sunday. Roast beef that’s been roasting for hooours and is so dry and chewy and then bitter bisto gravy that’s been on the hob for an hour.

    I learned to be a chef in 2010 and my god my eyes were opened.

  12. I’m gonna have to go with grits.

    Went to a Cracker Barrel once with my parents and the default side with any of the breakfasts is a bowl of grits.

    I pushed them to the side and this Southern Belle of a waitress asks what I was doing. I kindly explain that grits are just not my thing.

    She then proceeds to work some kinda magic involving a little sugar…some butter…half and half (I think). Honestly she handed it back to me and I tried them.

    They were amazing. I’ve since tried to replicate grits in other Cracker Barrel’s to no avail.

  13. Eggplant. My mom’s never been a great cook even though she tried, and I kind of learned to cook on my own after I left home roughly 10 years ago. It’s not that the food she cooked tasted bad, it’s that her repertoire was extremely limited and each food kind of only got one way to be cooked. I thought I hated vegetables for the most part growing up, but when I started bothering to learn to cook and checking recipes and videos, vegetables kind of looked nice in some dishes, so I tried adding some to meat dishes, and I ended up learning some vegetable-centric recipes. Eggplant parmesan and fried eggplant with honey are two of my currently favourite dishes.

  14. Zucchini.

    This is how my mom would prepare it.

    Take one zucchini, slice it paper-thin, coat with Kraft Parmesan “cheese” dust, and sautee in margarine until nice and slimy.

    Later a friend of my served me roasted zucchini and discovered that I liked it.

  15. So this is timely, but I always hated turkey for Thanksgiving. Seems like all my family overcooked the shit out of the bird. My mom would wait until the little pop up thing would pop up, turn off the oven, leave the turkey in the oven, make all the sides. When the sides were done, she’s pull the turkey straight out of the oven and carve it. No rest. I swear to god you could have used it to pull oil out of garage floors. Somewhere along the way i had a properly juicy piece of turkey and discovered what i had been missing. Now I insist on cooking the bird and use an overnight brine and meat thermometer and resting period.

  16. Baked potato. Growing up it was overcooked and one sliver of butter. Done properly with right amount of butter, some chives and other fixings they are delicious.

  17. Easily green beans. Growing up I hated most vegetables and only ate meat, bread and cheese pretty much. My girlfriend and I went plantbased a couple years ago and we live off veggies and plant based proteins. She’s a great cook and got me to enjoy green beans, asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli, etc. It’s all about how it’s cooked and seasoned.

  18. Steak.


    Cottage Pie.

    Hated everyone of these. Accidentally got a medium rare steak at a dinner and it was delicious. Meatloaf was always cooked to dry and dense. Former Navy cook at my work did a meatloaf with BBQ glaze I couldn’t get enough of. Same cook introduced me to cottage pie (not called Shepard’s) and again wow. Don’t swear off foods your parents couldn’t cook.

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