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Jan 2, 2008 02:12 PM

What do you do with your "busts"?

No, not THOSE kinds of busts.

Cooking busts.

I'm fairly certain that every cooking experiment you try doesn't go exactly according to plan. What do you do with the leftovers that don't turn out?

Wrap them up and bring them to work anyways (I guess figuring you'll learn your lesson somehow...)? Throw them out (seems like such a waste)? Feed them to the dog? Try and incorporate them into something else?

In the interest of full disclosure, this evening's bust was an attempt to make a low-fat cream of mushroom soup. No-fat skim milk only? Bad idea. Food processor-ing sweet potatoes instead of mashing them? Bad idea (had the consistency of dog food). Overall, not good.

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  1. My husband's solution is to add olive oil and butter until said dish becomes palatable.


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    1. re: MMRuth

      I generally just throw it out if the ingredients aren't too expensive. I feel there's no use in wasting calories and torturing myself trying to eat something that is awful or is unpalatable.

      1. re: sweeterpea

        Me too - but my husband is much more frugal!

    2. My dog loves my failed attempts. He's also a good left-over-over eater.

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      1. re: fmed

        I would feed my (thankfully) few disasters to my dog, but I don't have one. And they are generally not rescue-worthy, so I throw them out.

      2. I always ask myself if it can be used in some kind of kitchen sink soup. Just about anything can be recycled into soup. Except maybe food processor potatoes.

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        1. re: BeeZee

          Well, I generally find that, if it's bad in the first place, nothing can really help it. Kind of like putting perfume on stinky underarms, if you know what I mean!!!
          : P

        2. I only remember 4 disasters that weren't repairable in some way, and the dog gladly eat 3 of them. The 4th(mole) went into the disposer, and I ordered for Chinese takeout.

          1. I hate to admit this in a public forum, but the first thing I do when a recipe doesn't work out is throw a big fit about it (very immature, I know). I curse the recipe, bang the pots and pans around, and sometimes I fling it about the kitchen a bit. Then I announce that I am "throwing the #@$% out"! Usually my incredibly patient DH will convince me not to and will actually eat some to prove to me that it is edible. I will then put the rest into the fridge where it will eventually become some kind of science experiment in mold growth. Yep. That's how it usually goes. Maybe I should get a dog.

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            1. re: diablo

              Wow. I could have written the exact same post, right down to the part about the dog! Thanks for sparing me the effort!

              1. re: diablo

                I pretty much do the same thing, except after I fling about the kitchen I cry over it! And if I don't like it I don't care what anyone else says.

                I had a terrible "bust" with a lamb shoulder roast. My DH thought I would like to have something different and he brought this hunk of meat home, which was surprising since he didn't even eat lamb. So I have no idea how to cook the darn thing and no internet connection back then. I scour all my cookbooks and find a recipe that sounds like it will work. Many hours later with everyone's stomach's growling I pull this yucky mustard yellow looking mess out of the oven (have no idea why it turned that color), taste it, (bleech), add some more seasonings, and put it on the table. My dear, sweet family took a portion each, then I took mine. They bit into it first and went "Oh, this is pretty good." I took one bite and burst into tears. I said PUT YOUR FORKS DOWN! You are not eating this &*#!@! They were quite thankful and we all had lots of potatoes for dinner! No dog, so into the trash it went. It was too big to keep for a science experiment!