My fiance loves meat, and as an avid hunter I can see why. Meat, and killing meat, is simply in his blood. Being the great guy that he is, he tolerates many of my meatless meals, and I in turn tolerate his favorite hobby by helping to cut huge slabs of hanging meat that smells like spoiling milk. Basically, I just tentatively hold on to a swinging carcass while he cuts away at it gingerly with his hunting knife, but at least we’re doing something together.
To show my man how much I love him, I actually DO cook now and then- I’ll even cook him meat, by golly. But there are some meats that are far easier to tolerate cooking as a vegetarian than others. Based on smell, bloodiness, and cook-ability, here are the easiest and hardest meats for a vegetarian to cook (at least in my experience).
Chicken and hamburger meat are by far the easiest. Lets not forget bacon.Chicken lets you know it’s done by turning white (or for darker meat, a greyish brown), and it has an almost pleasant odor to it. The lack of blood while it’s being prepared is what makes it the real vegetarian winner, and the raw meat actually kinda resembles bubble gum so it’s easier to actually touch. You can easily make chicken cordon bleu, Cajun chicken, or cut up chicken and put it in soups without being totally grossed out by it, and the preparation is relatively easy. I cook chicken the most.
Bacon is just so simple. I actually enjoy the smell of bacon, and once I get over that “raw” feel of touching it, it’s very easy to cook. I bake bacon rather than fry it so I can drain out most of the fat. it takes longer, but it comes out just as crispy without being so much of a heart attack on a plate. It’s easier to overcook bacon than it is to under-cook it, so you rarely have to worry about serving raw bacon even if you yourself don’t eat it.
Next is hamburger meat. This is actually the very easiest meat to cook simply because all you do is stir it around until it all becomes darkish brown and add a few seasonings here and there. However, due to the awful smell of raw hamburger and the blood smell as it cooks, it’s not as mentally easy to prepare as chicken is. I have to have an open window or a fan on to prepare hamburger, as it makes me gag, but it isn’t that bloody and once it begins cooking that stink turns into more of a “cooked stink” so it does become easier to tolerate.
I simply cannot cook seafood of any kind. Even looking at shrimp, tuna, trout, crab, what have you, I instantly gag. I will not allow seafood to be cooked in my house as the smell is just atrocious. Luckily, my man would rather have an elk steak than shrimp any day, even though he claims shrimp is his favorite food.
I just simply cannot touch bloody meat of any kind, which means roasts, steaks, and liver and such. If I see blood pooling around it, I just cannot go near it, which is why I deem these type of meats the absolute hardest for a vegetarian to cook, let alone watch someone else eat. My fiance will literally put a raw steak in the microwave for less than a minute, to “warm it up” then enjoy it with bread and butter, dipping the bread in the runaway blood. It’s like a horror movie come to life, and I have to eat in another room. I don’t know how he can do it, but my mother and a few of my siblings are the same way. I swear the animal is still breathing while they’re eating it.
While I don’t cook meat often, I do my best to tolerate the odors, raw flesh on my counter tops, and my frying pans touching animal flesh to appease the tastes of my meat-hungry fiance. I at least will cook up bacon and eggs now and then, and treat my poor man to a piece of lemon chicken along with his eggplant lasagna to let him know that while I don’t agree with his eating habits, I will try to accommodate them the best I can.