The 25 Most Common Cooking Mistakes
Good slide show and list from Cooking Light, linked on CNN.
Mistakes that struck me:
9. You’re too casual about measuring ingredients.
21. You don’t shock vegetables when they’ve reached the desired texture.
24. You don’t know when to abandon ship and start over.
this is a really good list. though for some reason #20 - you neglect the nuts you're toasting - struck me as a bit more specialized than the rest. i think a more generalized observation would be better...like not keeping a close enough eye on *anything* you're toasting, simmering or boiling.
I thought the same thing when I read it; if we're going to discuss the need to monitor progress of specific foods like nuts, there'll be no end to the possibilities.
I thought the tip about over-softening butter was a helpful reminder, though. I've been guilty of that one.
#9 also struck me because it's my standard way of cooking. I don't see it as a mistake (except for in baking). I always taste as i go and adapt accordingly. Maybe my basil is a bit weak or strong tasting, or I want more tomato tonight. In fact I can't share many of my dishes in recipe format, it's more of a add this and this to x and taste. And sometimes I just add soemthing cuz I think it'll be good in the dish, yet it's not in the recipe
""Really look at the food. Even if the wooden pick comes out clean, if the cake is pale, it’s not finished. Let it go another couple of minutes until it has an even, golden brownness.""
What?! I'd much rather have a perfectly cooked cake at the sacrifice of some color.
Not being afraid to toss it if it turns out bad - my mom's been saying that for as long as I can remember "when in doubt, throw it out"!