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post #1 of 36
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I have seen people on tv taste their uncooked batter, and heard people on here mention it, and I don't really get it?

I have never tasted a batter, and I have been baking for over 10 years. It honestly had never even occured to me, and it kind of freaks me out! There's raw eggs in there!!

So my question is this, when you taste batter, is it harmful? How do you know what it's supposed to taste like before it's cooked? why do you do it?!

Sorry for what may seem like silly questions, but I'm honestly confused.
post #2 of 36
I grew up where we fought to "lick the bowl." So I don't think anything about it.
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post #3 of 36
We still fight who gets to lick the bowl. I love cake battericon_smile.gif Yummy.
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post #4 of 36
I always taste my batter. It must be like Occther said--we fought to "lick the bowl" in my house also. Ever since I once forgot to put sugar in the batter icon_redface.gif and discovered it when I "taste tested" it, I always taste my batter now. Have been doing this for 20+ years and NEVER got sick from it. Besides, brownie batter is the best! thumbs_up.gif
post #5 of 36
I always taste my batter---it's saved my butt at least once when I had inadvertently put in too much salt.
No sense baking up something that isn't right and find out after wasting at least an hour of electricity.
I made up another batch of batter without salt, mixed the two, baked up what I needed, and froze the rest of the batter (that was used 3 months later and worked perfectly).

Eggs are really pretty safe, so it doesn't worry me.

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post #6 of 36
i always lick the bowl! its my favorite part of baking icon_biggrin.gif i've never gotten sick nor have i ever worried about it- that is until i met my boyfriend. he is such a germ freak he refuses to taste uncooked batter! he gets mad at me when i do it too, his biggest fear in life is a stomach virus and he does everything to avoid it.

but! i still always taste the batter first. it gives me an idea of how the cake will turn out and lets me see if i forgot an ingredient icon_biggrin.gif
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post #7 of 36
We always fought over the bowl too (and the beaters)! I especially love tasting the batter on new cake recipes to get a sense of what the cake will taste like. I remember trying a new recipe out and the batter tasted like a sweetened biscuit (and no, not the British kind). I thought, "well, it's a cake, so it must taste better after it's cooked", but lo and behold, the cake also tasted like a sweetened biscuit.

As far as "being safe", eating raw eggs can cause Salmonella, but only if the egg is contaminated. According to Wikipedia (which as we all know is always right), in the US, only about 1 in 30,000 eggs is contaminated with the bacteria. I, for one, have never gotten sick from it, but it's a risk I only take when I'm not pregnant. icon_smile.gif
post #8 of 36
MMM I almost love cake batter more than the finished cake... does that make me bad??? icon_biggrin.gif
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post #9 of 36
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone. It wasn't so much that i was concerned about the germs from the eggs or anything, I'm really not a germaphobe, its more along the lines of it never even occurred to me to do it. In my head it seems like it would taste gross?
post #10 of 36
This^ is me too. I love cake batter and my kids get mad if they dont get to lick the spoon.
post #11 of 36
I have been eating cake and cookie batter all my life. Nothing better!!!!!
post #12 of 36
Funny that you brought this up tonight... I just saw Lily on Cupcake Wars lick HALF the batter on her finger and then wipe the other half back onto the side of her mixing bowl of batter--disgusting! That's worse than double-dipping chips--just gross!

On a side note... I thought it was inappropriate to comment if the carpenter couldn't finish her display in two hours that she'd rip his beard off his face--so rude.
post #13 of 36
CWR41 - I thought the same thing! I thought she was going to bring out a whip and crack it!!

On topic, I've licked batter all my life and we were always fighting for the beaters growing up. Now my kids are fighting for the beaters. I wish they had a mixer with 4 beaters... icon_biggrin.gif
post #14 of 36
i love raw batter or cookie dough ooh ooh and brownie batter... I kinda like it better than the baked product.
post #15 of 36
Me too. I'm a cake batter tester. I never got sick from it. I don't let my kids have it though. It's one of those.... Only Mommy can things icon_lol.gif
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