Do you salt and pepper your food without tasting it?

Froi Pinili
2 min readMar 13, 2022


Taste your food first then add accordingly.

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I love to spend time in the kitchen. I got the cooking gene from my Mom. From watching my Mom over the years to YouTube and regular cooking shows, I’ve learned a tremendous amount about techniques, equipment, and ingredients. But one of the first lessons I learned about food came from someone that didn’t cook in the kitchen…my father.

I recall being in a restaurant with my parents when I was 11 or 12. As soon as my entree came, the first move I made was for the salt and pepper. My Dad saw this and automatically said, “Hey, taste your food before you add that. That’s not nice.”

My Dad was a very kind and yet strict man. I didn’t question anything he said. He said that there may be plenty of salt in the dish already and you don’t know that. Try it first and then if it’s not to your liking, then add whatever you want. It made sense.

As I mentioned before, I love to cook. It’s never happened to me, but if I were to serve someone and they start putting salt on my food without tasting it, I would be offended. It would be even more offensive if they said the food was too salty after they dumped salt on the food without trying it.

Now, what about hot sauce? I can admit that right off the bat, I have added hot sauce immediately to something that I know is not spicy. For example, let’s take scrambled eggs. Scrambled eggs can be salty. Someone may use salted butter to cook the eggs and he/she may add salt during the process. To add even more salt after it’s been plated, will turn out to be extremely salty. Even if I plan on indulging in something spicy, I will still taste it. Tobasco is salty as well as spicy. I don’t want to start putting Tobasco on my food that is already salty by nature.

Til next time,




Froi Pinili

Jack of all trades, master of few. My writing is of nomadic Seinfeld nature…all over the place talking much about nothing.