Help for When You’re in a Pickle

Answers to life’s vexing cooking questions.

We can all use a little advice.
The problem is that the need tends to arise at the moments when we are elbows deep in soup-gone-wrong, or standing slack-jawed in the supermarket, wondering what one does with chervil.

What you need. When you need it.
While there has never been a shortage of places to go online for cooking advice, there has never been one that really works for us.
There’s the hit-or-miss of community boards where you cross your fingers as you post a question to the online forum.
There are the websites of food and appliance manufacturers which are more authoritative, if your question can be posed between the hours of 9 and 3, Monday through Friday, PST.
Really, if we were able to extricate ourselves from the problem long enough to sit down, post the question, and wait for the response (which comes in real time for someone, though probably not you), how much of a disaster could it be?

Of course there’s always the option of paid advice: the ‘verified’ professionals at sites like ChefsLine and Just Answer are ready to help just as soon as you give them a credit card number. Personally, if it comes to that, I would just as soon use the credit card to order a pizza.

Enter Food Pickle.
Food Pickle is a true, real time Q & A for home cooks. You can text a question, send pictures and other visual aids (message to 803-380-FOOD), tweet it (@foodpickle), or go old school by posting on the website.

Food Pickle is an offshoot of the crowd sourcing cookbook site Food52, which had already figured out how to tap into the public’s collective culinary intelligence. Responses come speedily, courtesy of both Food52 staff (which includes heavyweights like Amanda Hesser, food editor for the NY Times Magazine), and their cooking-savvy readers.

Brainstorm the leftovers, identify the mystery herb, or tame the over-salted gratin. The brain trust at Food Pickle gives you the food 411, or in a pinch, the food 911.


2 Responses to Help for When You’re in a Pickle

  1. Janice says:

    At least it’s not as bad as the pay-for-tech-support sites when they really have you over a barrel.

  2. G Martin says:

    I’m with you. If I have to dole out my credit card to get out of a cooking jam, (no pun intended), it will be at the Domino’s website.

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