On of our biggest principles at WellFed Community is teaching people how to cook with all 5 senses. Cooking with all five senses means to engage each of the five senses (sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing) in the cooking process.
Sight: By looking at the color, texture, and presentation of ingredients and dishes, cooks can make judgments about their freshness, quality, and doneness.
Smell: By smelling ingredients and dishes as they cook, cooks can gauge their readiness, detect any potential problems, and adjust the seasoning as needed.
Taste: By tasting ingredients and dishes as they cook, cooks can adjust the seasoning, balance of flavors, and texture of a dish.
Touch: By touching ingredients and dishes, cooks can determine the texture and consistency of ingredients, know when they are cooked or raw.
Hearing: By listening to the sounds of ingredients and dishes as they cook, cooks can get an indication of when a dish is ready, such as the sizzling sound of meat browning in a pan, or the pop of popcorn.
Engaging all five senses while cooking can lead to a more intuitive and satisfying cooking experience, and result in dishes that are better balanced and more delicious.