What Have You Been Most Surprised (or Embarrassed) to Learn in the Kitchen?

What Have You Been Most Surprised (or Embarrassed) to Learn in the Kitchen?

Faith Durand
Feb 25, 2013

I can't believe I didn't know that! Have you ever found yourself saying this in the kitchen? Maybe it's about something innocuous like, "Huh, couscous isn't a grain?" Or surprising: "Oh, pork shoulder and pork butt are the same thing." Or embarrassing: "Wait - Rocky Mountain oysters are what?" As NPR said in a story about these things, "Part of being an adult is finding out stuff you should have known for years but somehow didn't." We all have those little things that somehow escape our general education and flabbergast us later -- what have been yours, in cooking and the kitchen? 

This question was prompted by a really great NPR story about things people were surprised to learn as adults. Some examples: a writer who used the word nonplussed incorrectly for years, and a home cook who didn't know the difference between a rutabaga and a turnip.  

Read (and listen to) the whole story  I Was Absent That Day at NPR

"Stuff You Can't Believe You Just Figured Out" is always a rich topic of conversation and we'd love to hear your stories of this in the kitchen. What made you slap your head or say, "I can't believe I didn't know that!!" 

Related: What New Cooking Skills Do You Want to Learn This Year?

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