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  • Mark V
    Club Member
    • Oct 2018
    • 273
    • Minnesota

    Always take notes!

    I have done it again. I made something last fall that turned out fantastic, something I rarely make, better than ever before, and I didn't take notes on what I did. Tried tonight to make the same thing, with a recipe for it online. Wasn't nearly as good. Lesson learned.
  • RonB
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    • Apr 2016
    • 12845
    • Near Richmond VA
    • Weber Performer Deluxe
      SNS
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      Smokenator 1000
      Cookshack Smokette Elite
      2 Thermapens
      Chefalarm
      Dot
      lots of probes.
      CyberQ

    #2
    I just took a note...

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    • Red Man
      Club Member
      • May 2018
      • 1064
      • Western Washington

      #3
      I do stuff like that all the time...no measurements, either no recipe or I alter the recipe, and I can’t replicate it next time. I don’t even remember all the things that turned out really well, oftentimes they’re just experiments. I definitely need to take notes.

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      • Fire Art
        Club Member
        • Jan 2018
        • 988
        • Jackson hole Wyoming

        #4
        Taking notes not going to happen

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        • Huskee
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          • May 2014
          • 15132
          • central MI, USA
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          #5
          Amen. My wife made an awesome marinara sauce once, better than Prego (and I love Prego traditional, could drink it) and didn't write it down. She hasn't been able to duplicate it since.

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          • Potkettleblack
            Club Member
            • Jun 2016
            • 1960
            • Beautiful Downtown Berwyn
            • Grill: Grilla Original / Weber Genesis EP-330 / OK Joe Bronco Drum
              Thermometers: Thermapen / iGrill 2 / Fireboard
              For Smoke: Chunks / Pellet Tube / Mo Pouch
              Sous Vide: Joule / Nomiku WiFi (RIP Nomiku)
              Disqus: Le Chef - (something something something) - it changes

            #6
            The problem with notes... many food items have great variability, either from season to season or item to item even. Those summer tomatoes from the farmer's market may make the best sauce, but you won't be able to make it as good with tomatoes harvested a couple weeks later, or different varietals. Slight temperature variations change proofing times, yeast activity, and more, so the same bread may come out differently based on seasons, even if the process is replicated to the letter.

            And that's before the context of tasting comes into play. My wine palate has a great deal of variability from year to year. I notice certain things taste better or different on different days. Just consider how some food tastes smokier the next day, because you were outside with the smoker the day you cooked it, and your sense of smoke is, for lack of a better word, smoked on the day of service. You have a shower and a sleep, and that pork butt leftover tastes smokier.

            I like taking notes, but I have come to accept that everything I make is context dependent to a greater or lesser degree, and each meal is to be enjoyed for itself and likely never repeated.

            Of course, if you use nothing but processed foods in your cooking, you will have much less variation. But variance is the spice of (statistical) life.

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            • Huskee
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              Well said. The same bottle of wine at home is nothing like at that nice restaurant on anniversary night with the king filet and lobster tail. I'm rarely as impressed with my brisket as my guests, after I've run my smoker all day, but the next day reheated it's amazing! So many variables.

            • Fire Art
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              Wow it’s all clear now.
          • Troutman
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            • Aug 2017
            • 7265
            • Tejas, Where Else?

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            • EdF
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              The only things I've taken real notes on are: 1) the Thanksgiving turkey, 2) fresh ham, 3) random notes on SVQ. That's a heavy enough cognitive load for me!
          • N227GB
            Club Member
            • Feb 2018
            • 342
            • Fort Myers, FL
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            #8
            I keep all my recipes in Google Drive. Any notes or variations are added in a different color font. This allows me to keep track of various changes as I go along. If somethings comes out not as good as expected, I have a point I can go back to. It's easy to add pictures, links back to the original online author of the recipe.

            I also copy and paste a list of ingredients into Google Keep and have a checklist I can tick off on my phone when at the store.

            This smartphone thing is going to be popular.

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            • jecucolo
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              I’m a big google drive person. Copy-Create-Paste-Done
          • gcdmd
            Charter Member
            • Sep 2014
            • 1041
            • The Republic of Texas

            #9
            Agreed. I keep a culinary journal and record even small things, like a slight change in oven temperature or duration of roasting or baking. When smoking a record of ambient temperature is also valuable.

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            • Troutman
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              #10
              I find that I do keep small notes on my Fireboard sessions but rarely go back and look at them. I am a recipe horder though, I really like the app called Paprika 3, super easy to copy interweb recipes and organize them. Other than that it's a lot of seat of the pants remembering.

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              • N227GB
                N227GB commented
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                Looking at Paprika 3 now... interesting!
            • Skip
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              • Jul 2014
              • 3376
              • Blue Earth, Minnesota
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              #11
              I keep lots of notes. Maybe too many? Nice to have especially when learning a new technique like Sous Vide.

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