Some Info From Cooking Light

Here's an article from Cooking Light for you.

Confession: I think that I'm often guilty of #3, #4, #6, and #9. I added excuses for my mistakes in red because, well, that's how I roll. :)

The 25 Most Common Cooking Mistakes

Learn how to avoid these common mistakes for success every time.

  • 1. You don’t taste as you go.

  • 2. You don’t read the entire recipe before you start cooking.

  • 3. You make unwise substitutions in baking. (Often because I am trying to make the recipe more healthy, but I should just learn that wheat bran and apple sauce are only good in so many things.)

  • 4. You boil when you should simmer. (I tend to ignore pots and then accidentally boil. Sue me.)

  • 5. You overheat chocolate.

  • 6. You over-soften butter. (Generally because of poor planning, I have to soften my butter in the microwave, and I tend to overdo it.)

  • 7. You overheat low-fat milk products.

  • 8. You don’t know your oven’s quirks and idiosyncrasies.

  • 9. You’re too casual about measuring ingredients. (I wouldn't call it casual. I'd call it liberal. Or lazy. Okay, fine - I'm lazy)

  • 10. You overcrowd the pan.

  • 11. You mishandle egg whites.

  • 12. You turn the food too often.

  • 13. You don’t get the pan hot enough before you add the food.

  • 14. You slice meat with―instead of against―the grain.

  • 15. You underbake cakes and breads.

  • 16. You don’t use a meat thermometer.

  • 17. Meat gets no chance to rest after cooking.

  • 18. You try to rush the cooking of caramelized onions.

  • 19. You overwork lower-fat dough.

  • 20. You neglect the nuts you’re toasting.

  • 21. You don’t shock vegetables when they’ve reached the desired texture.

  • 22. You put all the salt in the marinade or breading.

  • 23. You pop meat straight from the fridge into the oven or onto the grill.

  • 24. You don’t know when to abandon ship and start over.

  • 25. You use inferior ingredients.

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