[CnD] How Do You Know When?

pamelafairchild at comcast.net pamelafairchild at comcast.net
Sat Sep 15 19:25:04 EDT 2018

I am no expert at mixing thoroughly, but if it is a recipe that says to make a well in the center and pour in the already mixed together liquid ingredients, I do that, then fold the outside to the center, bringing the center to the outside. I do this in shallow scoops all the way around the outside. Then I continue to mix until I don't find any dry ingredients around the edge of the bowl. After that I swish through the whole mess a few times and call it good. If I really want to be sure, I push my empeckively clean fingers into the bowl in several places to check. Then swish it together one more time to erase my finger prints. Most of the time this works for me. 
If I know the mixing needs to be thorough, I mix things together in groups, then mix the groups with each other Different combinations work with different recipes.

Pamela Fairchild 
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From: Dani Pagador via Cookinginthedark <cookinginthedark at acbradio.org> 
Sent: Saturday, September 15, 2018 5:24 PM
To: cookinginthedark <cookinginthedark at acbradio.org>
Cc: Dani Pagador <pocketfulofspry at gmail.com>
Subject: [CnD] How Do You Know When?

Hi, Everyone.
I have to ask one of those basic cooking questions. How do you know when you've mixed/whisked/beaten enough? I saw a recipe post this morning that states, in part, "Beat well." If you were a beginning blind cook, how would you know when to stop beating?

I am a fair cook who uses basic tools--wooden spoon, rubber spatula, whisk, measuring cups/spoons, knives, small food processor and immersion blender (because I was gifted with these). I have no electric mixer and don't want one till I understand how to do the thing by hand first.

Sighted people can use their eyes to see when something's been blended/mixed enough. How do you explain from one blind cook to another how you gauge when it is time to stop? Or that you need to do a little bit more?

I have been lucky in that I've managed to mix most things thoroughly.
But there have been a few recipes where I should have mixed more, and afterward, I wondered what I missed while making it. Was there some sensory thing I should've known about?

I don't want a mixer because imho it's like throwing a computer at someone who is just learning to write and spell. If you don't know the basics of English, then being able to use the spell check and grammar check in Word isn't going to help you learn what you don't know any better. In other words, I need to graduate to the mixer.

Gonna stop beating this horse for now. Hope someone can help clarify this for me.

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