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It had never even occurred to me that some people graduate school or move out from their parents' house without any idea of how to cook. I'm not a cooking wunderkind by any means, but I just assumed everyone knew how to cook enough to not have to rely on fast food/frozen dinners once they're living their own.
But sure enough, we hired a 25-year-old kid who spent his first month here getting takeout every day, but now he's bringing in frozen meals.
I asked him about it and he said he has no idea how to scramble an egg, cook a piece of chicken, or do anything. He says he knows how to make PB&J sandwiches. This isn't normal, right?
I have no idea how to cook (unless putting stuff in microwaves or maybe ovens counts). I've only ever eaten out, ordered in, or had girlfriends cook for me.
One of my roommate in Commons couldn't cook. He knew how to use a microwave. He gradually learned how to turn on a burner, but almost set our place on fire the first two times he tried to use it (re-heating Chinese food in a saucepan, ???). He went home regularly and his mother would give him tupperware containers with food for the next 2 weeks, and he'd eat this + Chinese food + vodka + kefir.
He also didn't know how to do laundry, use the dishwasher, or change a toilet paper roll, so not being able to cook was not surprising.
The last time I tried to cook something new I got second degree burns on 4 fingers.
I didn't know you roomed with Will Bowers
This post was edited by lazy 12 months ago
The nicest thing my roommate can cook is boxed Mac and Cheese.
"It's just so hard," Greivis said. "It's my heart, my love. Maryland made me who I am."
I know how to scramble eggs, and turn a burger on a grill, but outside of that I really don't cook.
I can't cook.
Well I know how to make french toast and I can do stuff that just involves putting things in a pot with water and letting it cook for x minutes and then taking it off the heat(so pasta, soup etc).
The idea of buying and properly cooking meat is fairly intimidating to me.
I didn't know how to do laundry until I got to college.
My favorite food genre is sandwiches, so I can do reasonably well for myself without being able to legit cook.
What the hell is wrong with you people? Cooking is amazing. And it makes eating even more amazing.
This post was edited by PaulUMD 12 months ago
i can boil water, put the pasta inside and then dump the cheap sauce on it. its basically like eating the pasta from CiCis. I suck.
but my roommate in college either couldn't or wouldn't wash any dishes. he would drink out of Styrofoam cups and eat off of paper plates and then just throw it all away when he was done. It was infuriating.
I used paper towels as plates when I made sandwiches so I wouldn't have to wash anything.
I wouldn't say I can cook, but I can prepare food.
This 1000x. I knew how to cook basic things up until 1.5 years ago. Recently, I've been learning to cook more complicated things things (like pot roast) lately and man, when you eat the food you cooked, it is amazing!
Wow. This is NOT roomy!
I know the basics but it wasn't until I started spearfishing that I wanted to learn how to prepare my bounty in different ways.
another reason baby boomers are the worst. they raised a generation of horrible children who can't cook, clean, change a light bulb or wipe their own ass.
Takes too long and I'm super lazy. I'd rather buy something already made, or make something simple like pasta, tortellini, or something i can just throw in the oven like frozen breaded chickens.
This is why we can't trust you with more than 1-2 downvotes a day.
This is from a while ago but there was a point growing up when my dad got a job in NYC and we were still living down here so for a while he lived during the week in an apartment on his own and my mother got him a book about how to cook f'ing hamburgers. He'd grown up as a Mama's boy, lived at home through college and law school, and went into the Air Force during which time he met my mother and got married. I'm not sure if he'd ever made himself a sandwich.
I suppose that could still happen, plus takeout/supermarket prepared food options back then were nowhere near what they are now.
i love to cook.
At the very least every man should know how to use a barbeque grill
I've been thinking about becoming a vegetarian because I am so incompetent at cooking meat
My THIRTY YEAR OLD roommate does this now! All he eats are prepackaged meals his mom makes for him. Drives me insane for whatever reason. I guess because I'm so embarrassed for him.
Cooking is the shit. Not only is it fun and kind of manly, it's by far the easiest way to impress a girl.
I just embarrassed myself with this post
I don't know how to cook anything SUPER LEGIT, but I enjoy it, and try and cook whenever my wife isn't. Cooking is awesome, and what paul said is correct- makes the eating even better.
Literally the only thing my roommate "cooks" is a chicken breast doused in BBQ sauce. He is clueless.
I, on the other hand, love to cook and often leave Food Network on just to see if anything seems like it's worth trying.
The majority of responses in this thread are really depressing me. I'm sorta shocked more parents didn't do a better job making their kids learn how to cook basic shit. I'm not saying you have to know how to clean a fish or make homemade hollandaise sauce or something. But if you can't cook an egg, a piece of chicken, or make anything more sophisticated than a sandwich or spaghetti, you're doing it wrong.
Plus, being able to cook something remotely impressive for the ladyfriend goes a long way outside the kitchen...
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