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Common Mistakes We All Make in the Kitchen

Common Mistakes We All Make in the Kitchen

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Anyone who has watched Gordon Ramsay's TV shows knows that a kitchen represents a perilous atmosphere. Even if your kitchen has no irate professional chefs to yell at you, it can still be intimidating to the point of causing mistakes. Those who have just started down the long road to culinary prowess can help to avoid some of the speed bumps by taking time to make sure they do not make an error that leaves the roast burnt or the dressing curdled.

Not Reading the Whole Recipe

Let's face it, our society has a short attention span. We scan instead of read and sometimes glance instead of scan. You may be doing it right now, since the average person only spends about a minute on any given website.

When it comes to the recipe needed to go from shopping list to the dinner table, however, read the whole text first before you even preheat the oven. Whenever you fail to go through the entire recipe, you may find you do not have enough time to get everything in order, or that an ingredient you thought needed to go one place should go another.

Not Tasting as You Go

Ultimately, you have to be the first and foremost voice in the quality of your own cooking. Instead of combining the ingredients together and hoping for the best, nibble on the meal at every step (unless, of course, it involves raw ingredients) to make sure no errors in flavor or texture mar the final product. This goes for ingredients but also the preparatory stages: Scientists say that a difference of a few degrees can change how a meal tastes. Remember that your taste buds do not change, so they should be the arbiter of whether or not a quantity of spice, meat or cream works for a dish.

Not Following the Pictures

The old days of cooking with just a book in hand have gone the way of the dodo. Today, cell phone cameras and Instagram allow everyone to know what food looks like at all stages of the preparation. Follow the pictures at each step to make sure the quantity, color and distribution of your meal resembles the images provided.

You can find video cooking lessons for more thorough instructions, as well as using an app for funny videos on your phone to laugh at the Internet's best kitchen fails when you yourself need a release from the hold of your recipe. Using a mobile phone for advice and humor helps to break up the tedium of waiting for a pot to boil, as well.

Making Substitutes Willy-Nilly

Sometimes you just do not have the ingredients on hand that you need. Entire cooking books exist to help people make good substitutions in their meals in the event that they have everything but the last ingredient. Going by what seems to be "close enough" to the real thing rarely works out for the best. Whenever you try to substitute garlic powder for garlic salt, or lemon juice for lime juice, you run the risk of messing up your meal's chemistry, and thus its taste. If you cannot find proper substitutions, make a quick run to the store.

You can find video cooking lessons for more thorough instructions, as well as using an app for funny videos on your phone to laugh at the Internet's best kitchen fails when you yourself need a release from the hold of your recipe. Using a mobile phone for advice and humor helps to break up the tedium of waiting for a pot to boil, as well. Making Substitutes Willy-Nilly Sometimes you just do not have the ingredients on hand that you need. Entire cooking books exist to help people make good substitutions in their meals in the event that they have everything but the last ingredient. Going by what seems to be "close enough" to the real thing rarely works out for the best. Whenever you try to substitute garlic powder for garlic salt, or lemon juice for lime juice, you run the risk of messing up your meal's chemistry, and thus its taste. If you cannot find proper substitutions, make a quick run to the store.

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