Rating Recipes.

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Food Discussions' started by Wyshiepoo, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. Wyshiepoo

    Wyshiepoo Well-Known Member

    Does anyone else rate their recipes? As I've mentioned I rarely invent my own recipes, practically everything I cook comes out of a book or from the web.
    I've got a reasonably large selection of cook books and in an attempt to thin them down I'm attempting to rate each recipe in a book and only keep the 'I'd eat that again' rated recipes and then pass the books on to somebody else.
    But my system is a bit primitive with the recipes basically being rated yuck, ok I suppose, yes do that again.

    Does anyone else have a system?

    I'm thinking of going for three simple criteria, taste, texture or mouth feel and appearance.

    So for instance the meal from yesterday, Oriental Pork with Pasta, would be rated out of 10;

    Taste - 5 or 6.
    Texture - 7
    Appearance 4 or 5

    So a rating of 16 minimum to 18 maximum, not enough to reach a pass mark of say, 20+.

    I would however be tempted to include a meal that scored a 9 or 10 in one criteria but had a low rating in the other two.

    Any advice?

    Anyone else do similar?
  2. detroitdad

    detroitdad Senior Member

    Ypsilanti, MI.
    I don't "rate" my meals with numbers. I definitely critique the hell out of them. I ask my family/friends for honest critiques. I love my son. He is similar to me. He will be brutally honest lol.
  3. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    An interesting question. I don't have any system but I'm a very harsh critic of both my own recipes and those from books/internet. I probably do use similar criteria to those you are using but I don't use a numerical system. So:

    Taste - complexity of taste, subtlety of taste (where appropriate) and strength of taste (where appropriate).
    Appearance - very important to me as I like to dress a plate and photograph the food . So - colours, textures, shapes.
    Texture/ mouth feel - I hadn't consciously thought about that but it is important. Again its 'as appropriate'.
    Aroma - very important!
    Creativity - important for my own recipes as I don't want to be replicating what has been done many times before. But I am also interested in any recipes which use ingredients in unexpected ways or juxtapose ingredients in new combinations.

    There is another criteria which is important to me personally - I'm really not prepared to make things which are style over substance. The sort of creations you see on cake making shows - I've seen some examples of this on Great Bake-off - elaborate constructions of cakes made to look like something they are not and take hours of sugar work. So there is the criteria: how easy or difficult is this to make in relation to the outcome.

    Appearance is a tricky one as some dishes are never going to look particularly stunning but can still be delicious. A mushroom soup, for example is going to look, well, beige. Best you can do is dress it with some cooked sliced mushrooms and swirls of oil or cream etc.
  4. Wyshiepoo

    Wyshiepoo Well-Known Member

    Yeah, perhaps the numbers thing is a bit over obsessive.
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  5. Wyshiepoo

    Wyshiepoo Well-Known Member

    I did think about including the difficulty level in my criteria but the difficulty wouldn't affect my enjoyment of the dish. I do however make notes in all my books and I do include the difficulty in my notes.
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  6. Yorky

    Yorky Uncomfortably numb

    I rate my recipes with toilets, viz:

    recipe rating.jpg
  7. medtran49

    medtran49 Senior Member

    SE Florida
    We just rate by how much we like the dishes and whether or not we like it enough to make again if it's something that's a pain to make or takes forever.
  8. The Late Night Gourmet

    The Late Night Gourmet Über Member

    Detroit, USA

    Would more toilets be a good thing or a bad thing?
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  9. detroitdad

    detroitdad Senior Member

    Ypsilanti, MI.
    Seriously, this.

    The best compliment I can get from my wife and son is "Can you put this dish in the regular meal rotation". I've gotten that a few times recently. Makes me proud of my accomplishments.
  10. Yorky

    Yorky Uncomfortably numb

    The more toilets the spicier the dish is. I usually define the ratings the following morning.

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