How Playing Music While Cooking Can Affect The Food You Prepare
Do you always find yourself singing while you cook? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Music has been known to express deep feelings. Cooking, on the other hand, is a common chore, which not everyone is gifted to possess. I mean, making scrambled eggs is easy, but preparing dinner (with steak, sides, and everything) is another.
When cooking and music are joined together, the result is astonishing. Here’s why:
Music makes the food taste better
Recent studies show that music helps the brain pick up our senses. Surprisingly, our sense of hearing, when triggered enhances our sense of taste. Therefore, having music in the background while cooking or dining creates a vibe which turns an ordinary meal into something extraordinary.
Music accentuates the process of cooking
If you are a novice in the kitchen, cooking can lead to two things: a success or a disaster. Music accentuates it. For instance, preparing mac n cheese is a no-brainer. But tweaking the process (like adding 4 kinds of cheese instead of one) and turning up the volume of music on your phone seals the deal. Music is your secret ingredient to make your mac n cheese stand out.
Music promotes focus and concentration
Multitasking is a myth. Focus and concentration are a little hard to come by if someone is in a state of panic. Imagine your in-laws coming over and dinner’s not ready yet. Music is here to the rescue. Music helps the mind to do what needs to be done.
Music retains old memories
Music can also mean reminiscing, and it’s the same with food. Remember in the movie Ratatouille where the food critic is blown away by the dish because it reminded him of his childhood? Music has the same effect.
Music calms stressful situations
Stress comes in many forms. Imagine being invited to your boyfriend’s parents. Of course, you can’t be empty-handed. You heard that lasagna is a family favorite, but never in your lifetime have you made one. The boyfriend can be very supportive of you, but the success of this dish is within your hands. There’s not a time to go for store-bought lasagna, so you have no choice but to do it from scratch. In situations like this, music is your best friend. Play the classics like Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, or Elvis Presley and you’ll be saved. Also, try Anthony Bourdain’s cooking playlist on Spotify, this playlist can help you shake it off.
Music boosts productivity
Being productive (all the time) is a challenge. Of course, your good old pizza delivery boy will always be there to the rescue. But what if you’re craving for something nutritious? Whip an easy vegetable salad while listening to Katy Perry. Or finish the main course while listening to Queen.
Music breaks the monotonous repetitive tasks
Living alone can be lonely, and preparing meals, three times a day, all by yourself can be boring. Break the repetition by adding some creative flair to it. Try to meal prep for the coming week. Mix things up so you don’t have to eat the same old meal every day. Instead of the usual pancakes and for breakfast, utilize that food processor and juicer and treat yourself to a nice big glass of green juice or smoothie.