Friday, October 5, 2012
Cooks are human. Errs or screw ups in the kitchen are bound to happen
every now and then. Multitasking and not focusing on what you are
doing is the reason for many "snafus". Listed are the most common
mistakes and how to avoid them, so you can be a successful cook all
1. Taste as you go
How can you tell if you've added enough or the right
seasoning?Or if the beans are tough and need to bake longer
Did you add sugar instead of salt? Baking Soda should have
been Baking Powder!
Tasting is usually automatic. Don't use family or friends as
2. Read the entire recipe
Too many times the recipe is read in the middle of making
whatever . Read the entire recipe. Assemble all the
then read it again before starting to make sure you have all
that is needed.
3.Casually you measure ingredients
Dry or tough cakes, rubbery brownies, are often the result of
Spoon flour into your measuring cup.
If you have a food scale, weigh the flour and dry ingredients.
4.You under bake breads or cakes
If the cake or bread is pale chances are it is not finished.
Sometimes just 2 extra minutes is enough. It is better in
most cases to overcook instead of undercooking foods.
5. Overcrowding. the pan
Whether you are making a roast, or browning chicken,
Leave breathing room, or use 2 pans if needed.
6. Make unwise substitutions in baking
Follow the recipe, unless you are trying this as an ex-
periment.Then if your finished product fails, try again
7. Overheating milk or chocolate
Milk should be heated to no more than 180*.
Heat on low heat to prevent curdling.
Chocolate can be melted in the microwave, but pay
close attention. Follow instuctions in the recipe.
We all make mistakes at one time or another. This list is by no means a
complete account of cooking blunders, but it is a start. These mistakes
apply to anything that you might be baking or cooking.
That's all for today, friend, Jenny