10 Common Kitchen Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Avoid spoiled dinners and soggy vegetables with these easy tips

10 Common Kitchen Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Just like you shouldn’t believe a late-night infomercial if it promises you Halle Berry’s abs in six weeks or wrinkle-free skin for four easy payments of $150, you shouldn’t believe a cook who says she never makes mistakes in the kitchen. Even the most experienced cooks have burned roasts, underbaked chicken, and overcooked their vegetables. I once forgot to lower the oven temperature for a batch of scones for my friend’s wedding shower. Twenty minutes later, the fossilized scones lay at the bottom of my trash can and I was forced to start from scratch.

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Although forgetting to adjust my oven temperature and accidentally knocking water onto a baked cake (something I’ve also done) weren’t smart mistakes, they were one-time mistakes I don’t plan on repeating. There are, however, common cooking mistakes that a lot of home cooks make that should be avoided as strenuously as suspicious-looking meat in discount bins. Learning how to avoid these 10 mishaps will make you a better cook (and probably save you some time in the long run).

While error-free cooking is something that only happens on TV, forgetting to organize your ingredients before you begin and not weighing your dry ingredients for baking are just a couple of the common cooking mistakes that can lead to trouble in the kitchen. Avoiding those missteps and these eight other common cooking slip-ups will not only make you a better cook but also make the experience of cooking easier and more fun.

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Great article! I wish I had learned these tips when I was younger--especially helpful was learning not to cook meat cold, not overcrowding the pan, patting the meat dry, and how to cook vegetables without them being soggy or pale. I always wondered why sometimes my steaks would turn out overdone on the outside and I tried adjusting cooking temperature but didn't think about bringing the meat to room temperature first. Didn't know what was causing the steam effect before. Thank you!


The "Using Old Ingredients" section states "Baking power" should be stored in a cool, dry place. Hilarious!

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"Not authorized to view" this and the 3 other slideshows i tried to look at. what do i need to do to become authorized??

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