(Closed) Just for fun: Do you prefer to cook or bake?

posted 8 years ago in Cooking
  • poll: Which do you prefer: cooking or baking?

    Cooking - bust out that frying pan and gimme my chef's knife!

    Baking - get that oven preheated, and bring out the mixer!

    OMG, I can't pick just one!

    I hate both!

  • Post # 3
    523 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I really do enjoy both, but I enjoy cooking more. I do like the flexibility of it and the fact that I can be a lot more creative. But sometimes I do like the methodologicalness of baking and the fact that you don’t have to think for something to taste good, you just have to follow the recipe! I’m not really a pro at either yet, mostly because I don’t have access to my own kitchen yet (sad face…but I will soon!) so after I get out of a dorm and into an apartment I plan on honing in on cooking a lot more!!

    EDT: Oh and another reason I enjoy cooking more is because I’m gluten-free, and gluten free baking can be extremely finicky!!

    Post # 4
    8035 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @bowsergirl:  Totally agree w. you – I am the same!

    Post # 5
    14492 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I love to bake.  I am a decent cook but I have always just enjoyed baking more. 

    Post # 6
    2268 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I like baking much more (which is ironic since I don’t eat sugar, gluten, or animal products). I cook for my SO every day and bake for him once a week or so. I like to make as much from scratch as possible so he doesn’t eat a bunch of crap.

    I never bake for myself though. 

    Post # 7
    5009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I enjoy both and do both regularly. I think baking is more of a relaxation thing at the moment as I have to clean the kitchen as well as DH has been rubbish of late.

    Post # 8
    1732 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I like both, but baking comes more naturally to me. I’ve also been baking much longer than cooking, so maybe it’s a practice issue too!

    Part of it for me is that when I’m cooking and experimenting or trying something new, I know I’m going to have to eat it, or make something else, LOL. (I’m also like this when eating out — what if I don’t like it and have to pay for it and then make something later TOO? Waaah.) Also, if I’m trying something really unusual cooking or meal-wise, it often involves the outlay of money for something I’m not sure I’m going to use a lot of, or use up the whole way before it goes bad.

    If I screw up when baking, I know it doesn’t have to be dinner, and I’m rarely trying things baking-wise that I’m not sure I can execute. Also, there’s a pretty basic set of stuff that I need, baking wise, and I can just purchase a few extras for the given recipe, or even better — borrow them from friends who went ahead and bought the whole jug of molasses or tin of cardamom. 🙂

    ETA: It sucks that my husband rarely eats what I bake. This isn’t because I’m a bad baker (I have independent confirmation of this, LOL), but because I love fruit-based desserts (pies, scones, quick breads, cookies), and my husband really pretty much just loves chocolate.

    Post # 9
    4334 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I like baking, but I think I prefer cooking b/c I feel guilty eating all of the unhealthiness that is in baked goods! and I would prefer finding ways to cook delicious, healthy food.

    Post # 10
    1289 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    COOKING!! For me, baking is a science, cooking is an art.  I can’t follow a recipe to save my life, I never measure, and playing with herbs and spices is my favorite part! I’m the type who will put cayanne in cookies because I can’t handle not spicing something!

    I do, however, LOVE baking bread! I feel like there’s a little more flexibilty in how you prepare it! 

    Post # 11
    7768 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Not really into baking.  I used to love making homemade breads, and bagels (DH loves them!) but man is it a labor of love.  I cook more because I have to…

    Post # 12
    2902 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Cooking!! Baking requires waaaay too much patience and precision.

    Post # 13
    869 posts
    Busy bee

    I like both, but I would LOVE both if I didn’t have to clean up afterwards. 🙂

    Post # 14
    13946 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I actually love both!

    Post # 16
    556 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Baking! I’m new to both but I cook 3 squares a day and bake every week. I like cooking but I’m not super comfortable with it yet. Baking has become my happy place. I love it and I’m actually quite good at it. All the measuring, the mess, the wonderful aromas, makes me so darn happy. Every time.


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