Objective: To explore how home economics was taught in Denmark before the recent Danish school reform, which also revised the objectives and content of home economics, naming it Food Knowledge (Madkundskab) Methods: Participant observation was done in home economic lessons in two case schools situated in suburban villages near a provincial town in Denmark. The pupils was 11-13 years old, 6th graders. Results: The lessons were focused on the pupil’s competencies in cooking. The teachers’ goal was that the pupils were able to cook food without a recipe or using recipes only as guidelines. To do that the pupils were encouraged to use their senses: listen to things frying, touch the meat to check if it was done and taste the food in the process of seasoning it. But while some children learned what the teachers expected: to produce well tasting food, others learned to cook very salty and hot food appreciated by the group of boys, and others again learned to stick with their idiosyncrasies when pressured by the teacher. Conclusions: Children were acquiring taste in the home economic lessons, but not only the kind of tastes that the teacher had planned for. This leads to reflections on the very complex process of taste acquiring and to a call for further research into taste acquiring in complex real life contexts as home economics lessons.