Food tasting is a common practice in the kitchen. It’s also something that people do when they’re hungry. But, is it a good idea to taste test before cooking?
The answer is yes and no. There are some foods that you should never taste before cooking, but there are also some foods that you should always taste before cooking.
It all depends on what you’re cooking and how much of it you plan on eating. Here are some guidelines:
Never taste raw meat or eggs: These foods can carry harmful bacteria that can make you very sick if they’re not cooked properly. The same goes for anything that touches raw meat or eggs — like cutting boards or knives.
Always taste homemade mayonnaise: This recipe requires raw egg yolks, so you must ensure it’s safe for consumption by tasting it yourself first. If the flavor seems off, discard the mayonnaise and start over fresh with new ingredients (or go buy some ready-made mayo).
Always taste homemade milk products: Milk contains bacteria that thrive in warm environments like your kitchen. If you’re making your own yogurt or cheese at home, it’s imperative to taste test each batch as soon as it comes out of the incubator/cheesecloth/etc so
Last modified: August 3, 2022