People Share The Food Rules They Live By

List Rules

Vote up the most reasonable food rules.

Everyone needs some kind of structure to live by, so we invent rules. They may just be personal rules that apply only to us, but we'll still judge the heck out of someone else for not following them. 

Some of the hottest takes and most divisive opinions come out of people's rules regarding food. While some have a laissez-faire attitude of "I bought it, I can do what I want," others actually care about the integrity of a dish and wish to maintain some semblance of culinary sanity. These are the food rules people live by.


  • Keep Your Knives Sharp
    Photo: US Navy photo by Derrick M. Ingle / Wikimedia Commons / Public domain
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    Keep Your Knives Sharp

    From Redditor u/Nbjaj2576:

    Most people's knives are so dull as to be next to useless.

  • Don't Review A Recipe If You Changed It
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    Don't Review A Recipe If You Changed It

    From Redditor u/lickness81:

    If you change a recipe when you make it, you’re not allowed to rate it in the reviews without making the original. Nothing worse than someone rambling about the 14 changes they made to a recipe… then giving it a 3-star.

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    Burnt Does Not Equal Cajun

    From Redditor u/HanMaBoogie:

    Burning sh*t doesn’t make it Cajun.

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    790 VOTES

    Brown That Meat

    From Redditor u/TwoLittleNeedleMarks:

    If you don't allow chicken to brown when you're pan-frying it, just don't.

    From Redditor u/VisualCelery:

    A lot of people don't realize you shouldn't crowd your meat when you're browning it.