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Let's Dish: What Are Your Most Common Kitchen Mistakes?

Let's Dish: What Are Your Most Common Kitchen Mistakes?

Nobody's perfect and when it comes to cooking, I've had my fair share of kitchen catastrophes. The funny thing is, I often make the same mistake over and over again! For example, every couple of months I forget that a plastic cutting board is NOT a hot plate. Last Saturday, I ruined another cutting board by placing a hot frying pan directly on top of it. I know I'm not the only one who repeatedly messes things up, even the most skilled chefs experience kitchen bloopers. So in the spirit of dishing, tell me your common kitchen mistakes by leaving a comment below!

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tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I tend to either forget one or two things and have to make multiple trips to the store, or I leave the stove on. The second one is obviously worse, so I've taken to rechecking that I turned it off. I'm also a big spiller. I spill things all over myself on a really regular basis.
aphill4 aphill4 7 years
shoneyjoe can get over herself!
marijke marijke 7 years
The biggest cooking mistake I've made was actually on a disposable BBQ at the beach, with my sister. It came in a cardboard tray that said "REMOVE BEFORE USE" on every side... I guess we were just a bit too eager to get cooking and didn't see it. So the whole BBQ catches fire and we had to throw it in the sand. Not our finest moment!!
silly_pickle silly_pickle 7 years
I turn on the wrong burner all the time! I'll be waiting for something to boil and come back 10 mins later wondering why it hasn't boiled yet!I also forget to preheat the oven on a regular basis, and always forget to butter/flour pans first, I always end up doing it after everything is ready to go.
silly_pickle silly_pickle 7 years
I turn on the wrong burner all the time! I'll be waiting for something to boil and come back 10 mins later wondering why it hasn't boiled yet! I also forget to preheat the oven on a regular basis, and always forget to butter/flour pans first, I always end up doing it after everything is ready to go.
frogandprince frogandprince 7 years
I always forget to do things that take a while first. For instance, I'll forget to melt butter first and let it cool while I work on the rest of a recipe. It's annoying, because when I'm done with everything else, I'll have to just sit there and wait for butter to cool!
AbbyHintz AbbyHintz 7 years
Small, metal kitchen gadgets (such as garlic press) falling into the disposal. I don't notice until I turn on the disposal.
shannzu shannzu 7 years
Something in my oven dripped and was burning at the bottom. I tried to scrape it up really fast using a *plastic* spatula. Needless to say it melted and not only had burnt food in the oven but burnt plastic.
Kristykitten Kristykitten 7 years
AlwaysalwaysALWAYS burn my fingers. To the point where I feel like I've lost a lot of nerves! Ouch! Also I've forgotten specific vital ingredients several times. Examples: eggs (probably the worst), baking powder, baking soda, oh my!
Kristykitten Kristykitten 7 years
AlwaysalwaysALWAYS burn my fingers. To the point where I feel like I've lost a lot of nerves! Ouch!Also I've forgotten specific vital ingredients several times. Examples: eggs (probably the worst), baking powder, baking soda, oh my!
fashiongrrrl fashiongrrrl 7 years
Just today, I put popcorn in the microwave (I know, it's not cooking, but it's food!), for 3 minutes 21 seconds. Stupid me.... I smelled something burning and opened the microwave and an army of smoke steamed out!!! Now the house smells like burned popcorn!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
I'm sure I have my faults, but the things I don't do well in the kitchen hubby does; like I hate to prep meat, poultry, fish and seafood. So I don't mess up often cause someone else is doing the job. He's also a better baker than I am; except for bread I have a bread machine.
Liss1 Liss1 7 years
ElleJay- i have done the same thing - leaving the cardboard under the frozen pizza! that sucks!
Liss1 Liss1 7 years
I turned on the wrong burner once, also. Unfortunately the one i turned on had a package of cheese on it that i was going to add to my omlette. What a mess. I could never get that burner clean and just stopped using it.
ElleJay ElleJay 7 years
oh- and more times than once i have left the cardboard underneath the frozen pizza while cooking in the oven!
ElleJay ElleJay 7 years
i burn things... usually cook them too long. or i end up cutting myself with something sharp.
LesleyP825 LesleyP825 7 years
For whatever reason, I always fill my loaf plans too much when making bread. It overflows and makes such a mess in my oven!!
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 7 years
I've done the "miss one key ingredient" and the "wrong burner" before. But the one mistake that I will never make again is grabbing something out of the oven with a WET kitchen towel. I got a major burn on my hand. Sugars, don't ever grab something from the oven with a wet kitchen towel!!! YEEEOOOOWWWW!
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 7 years
I've done the "miss one key ingredient" and the "wrong burner" before. But the one mistake that I will never make again is grabbing something out of the oven with a WET kitchen towel. I got a major burn on my hand.Sugars, don't ever grab something from the oven with a wet kitchen towel!!! YEEEOOOOWWWW!
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 7 years
I don't make mistakes. :P
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 7 years
I don't make mistakes. :P
nancita nancita 7 years
I always forget that I am toasting nuts and burn them in the oven. Every time.
eegodwin eegodwin 7 years
I live in the South, and we eat a ton of fried foods, and my biggest mistake is letting the oil get too hot so that it starts to boil and spew everywhere. Thankfully my stove is in the island in the kitchen and not against the wall. But I do it with all oils, because I turn it on high and forget to turn it down. I also did that with the grill recently. My stepdad is teaching me the art of grilling but he wasn't here this night to remind me of things. I turned it on just fine and put it on high to heat it up. My mom was still marinating the meat, so I didn't put it in there for a little while. When I came outside, the flames were spewing outside of the grill nearly onto the side of the house! It was full of flames on the inside, and I opened it to see what was happening, only causing the flames to get much bigger! My mom called my stepdad and he said to just let it die on itself, but after seeing the flames out the back, my mom poured a pitcher on top, cracking the porcelain cover in an attempt to cool it down. It finally cooled down, and when my stepdad arrived he asked why we didn't just move the grill away from the house. I don't know. Oh I also burn popcorn a lot. No one lets me make it for them anymore. *ps: long, sorry, but it was intense! I saw the life of my house flash before my eyes. Thankfully father's day is coming up and my stepdad is due a new grill anyways. I think the one I ruined is nearly 20 years old.
eegodwin eegodwin 7 years
I live in the South, and we eat a ton of fried foods, and my biggest mistake is letting the oil get too hot so that it starts to boil and spew everywhere. Thankfully my stove is in the island in the kitchen and not against the wall. But I do it with all oils, because I turn it on high and forget to turn it down. I also did that with the grill recently. My stepdad is teaching me the art of grilling but he wasn't here this night to remind me of things. I turned it on just fine and put it on high to heat it up. My mom was still marinating the meat, so I didn't put it in there for a little while. When I came outside, the flames were spewing outside of the grill nearly onto the side of the house! It was full of flames on the inside, and I opened it to see what was happening, only causing the flames to get much bigger! My mom called my stepdad and he said to just let it die on itself, but after seeing the flames out the back, my mom poured a pitcher on top, cracking the porcelain cover in an attempt to cool it down. It finally cooled down, and when my stepdad arrived he asked why we didn't just move the grill away from the house. I don't know. Oh I also burn popcorn a lot. No one lets me make it for them anymore. *ps: long, sorry, but it was intense! I saw the life of my house flash before my eyes. Thankfully father's day is coming up and my stepdad is due a new grill anyways. I think the one I ruined is nearly 20 years old.
millarci millarci 7 years
I usually forget an item on my recipe list so I end up going to the store again.
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