Thursday, June 5, 2008
What keeps you from deciding to try a recipe? Apartment Therapy: The Kitchen has a discussion of the New York Times piece on this subject, and some of the common themes have an organizing component.
1. Recipe calls for ingredients you wouldn't use for anything else.
Most of us won't want to clutter up our pantries with ingredients specific to one recipe - although there could certainly be exceptions.
As mh330 writes: "Anything with more than 1 obscure ingredient that I don't already own. I hate 'investing' in an unproven recipe, only to have a cabinet full of spices that I don't know what to do with after the dish is cooked."
2. Recipe calls for pots, pans, or utensils you don't have.
You probably don't want to buy and store a special pan just for one recipe - although again, there will certainly be some exceptions.
As SisterRae writes about her deal breakers: "Equipment I don't have - ice cream makers, tart pans, charcoal grill, pressure cooker, slow cooker."
And as the Times article says: "Unusual equipment is a common deal breaker, too. How many times has a couscous recipe been cast aside because there is no couscousière in the house?"
3. Recipe takes too much time.
As Tazer writes: "Deal breaker is always time. If there are overnight or several hour wait times or it just looks like there are enough steps to keep me in the kitchen for more than three hours then forget it."
And Kathryn Hill writes: "These days, anything that's got more than 6 ingredients and will take hours to make, and requires me to make some special stock or sauce from scratch to accompany it, is a deal breaker because I do not have time."
Related newsletter article: Organizing the Recipes
[photo of tajine/couscousier from Unica Home]