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Cooking is all about trial and error. Professional chefs learn kitchen rules of thumb the hard way: whether being shouted at, burnt, cut or reduced to sweat-drenched wrecks drowning in tickets, they learn never to make the same mistake twice and all that suffering makes them better chefs in the long run, hopefully.

The chefs of Reddit were aksed to share some of the unwritten rules they’ve learnt over years in hot, frenetic kitchens. See their cooking commandments below, which can be applied to both professional and home kitchens:

 

Chefs share 17 cooking commandments

 

Monkeysplish

Wear shoes. Dropping a chef knife blade down or a boiling pot of noodles on your bare feet is no good.

 

Dinosauremergency

Clean up as you go.

 

Trebuchetfight

Stoves come equipped with low and medium settings for a reason.

 

Astramancer_

Use weight whenever possible. One cup of flour is not always the same as one cup of flour, but 300g of flour is always 300g of flour.

 

Sweat_tears_ocean

Seafood. When you think it’s done you overcooked it.

 

StraightoutaBrompton

Great cooking is a three-legged stool: part quality ingredients, part recipe, part technique. If you can accomplish all three your dish will be successful.

 

SCVtrpt7

Taste. Your. Food.

 

AllDirectionBlind

Don't be afraid of fat/sugar/salt, etc. because they're "unhealthy." That's the flavour. Unless you have a dietary restriction, just don't overeat and you'll be fine.

 

Pistolpeteza

A dull blade is more dangerous than a sharp blade.

 

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Izzviogs

Master cooking eggs. If you can master cooking eggs, you can cook anything. They're versatile, complicated, and a great way to practice your technique.

 

Phillipjeremypatrick

Cooking is 90% prep, 10% execution. By time you're ready to start cooking, pretty much everything should be laid out for you in the order and fashion that you want to use it.

 

IHaveACatDog

You can always add ingredients, but you can rarely ever take them away.

 

Grass_type

More cooking etiquette than cooking, but: always trial recipes before cooking them for others. You never know what kinks you'll need to work out.

 

NurseMiserable

Just add more butter.

 

Vintner42

Continue to learn; don't be afraid to make a mistake.

 

Squirrelmonkie

The only thing that should be cooked well done is chicken.

 

Lefty_Lucy

Never fry naked.

 

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