Serious Eats: Talk
Why do TV cooks dump seasonings in a pile?
TV cooks on, for example, America's Test Kitchen will add salt, cumin, pepper, paprika, etc. to the pot by just dumping the whole measure in a pile in the middle of the pot. Then, without stirring, they often just slap the lid on and "simmer for about an hour" or whatever.
I tend to sprinkle seasonings and spices around the pot rather than just dump them in a pile. If I dumped, I sure as heck would stir before I put the lid on to simmer.
Does anyone really cook like that? Is there some TV production reason they so often just dump it and ignore it?