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Rookie Mistake

I'm the grillmaster at my house, even though I'm a girl. I'm also the one with the sports gene and missing the chocolate gene.
I've been grilling for years (thanks Dad!) and I will fire up the charcols for one burger if the mood hits. Well, tonight I pulled a rookie mistake and dropped a rib from the grill. Not just any rib but a large beef rib bone. THE SHAME!
Fess up experienced Cowhounds. What rookie moves have you pulled recently?

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  1. Where did the rib land and who was present to see it? It's been my experience, that if nobody else is present, no grilled food actually hits the ground no matter where it lands. (If no one else sees the situation, I wash off the grilled food and place it back on the grill. If somebody sees it happen, I wash off the grilled food, place it back on the grill and keep moving all the food around until nobody knows which is the offending piece).

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    1. re: John E.

      Been there, done that. Geez, she really is a rookie!

      1. re: DPGood

        Well of course I rinsed and re-sauced! Everyone is happy to leave me alone while I'm grilling. Buried the rib in the pile. None the wiser.

    2. 5 second rule applies..
      if not then u move on to the 10 second rule......

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      1. re: srsone

        5 Second Rule=You can feed it to someone else

        10 Second Rule= You have to eat it

        1. re: PotatoHouse

          "10 Second Rule= You have to eat it"

          This is almost a reason to "accidentally" drop the biggest/best of any kind of food!

            1. re: Muchlove

              Finally, a clear explanation of the infield fly rule!

          1. re: srsone

            There is no x amount of seconds rule in my house at all. If the dog hasn't licked it, it's all good!

            1. re: alliegator

              If the dog hasn't licked it??????????????????
              You mean your dog lets you have your own rib, mine makes us share

              1. re: bagelman01

                Fortunately, she allows me to bite most of the meat off before I give it to her.

                1. re: mucho gordo

                  unfortunately, Mrs. B doesn't think dogs should have 'real' bones, so the dogs get most of the meat and I gnaw on the bones. Then again, as grandmother taught me 50+ years ago: "the nearer the bone, the sweeter the meat"

                  1. re: bagelman01

                    Mrs G is the same with bones. She says they're not good for the dog just so she doesn't have to share.

          2. Not a recent one, but I once lost my balance handling a plate with 2 trays of Stauffer's spinach soufle while removing them from the oven, and both slipped off the plate and down a 3 inch space between the oven and the wall. I had timed the cooking to coincide with kickoff of the Monday night football game. I had no other food in the apartment, and I was starved. I could barely see the spinach down in that space, but it sure smelled good. Howard Cosell and Dandy Don would have ridiculed my fumble.

            Rookie mistake #2: in my Boston days, I once left a new half-gallon of vodka on my kitchen counter. My cats Ralph and Buffa, having very little else to do that afternoon, decided to play a game of "let's see if we can move this heavy foreign object". So instead of kicking back with a vodka tonic at happy hour, I was cleaning up copious amounts of vodka and broken glass, and then had to re-wax the floor the following day.

            30 years more recently, I was boiling 8 or so eggs for deviled eggs, and I signed on to Chowhound. Half an hour later later, I began hearing explosions in the kitchen. You can deduce the rest. Eggs really do make quite a pop, which may have been a good thing.

            That's enough for now.

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            1. re: Veggo

              You just brought back a memory of when I was a cook at a summer camp many, many years ago, and I dropped a gallon of cooking oil on the kitchen floor. Fortunately, the camp also employed a janitor, though it was a group effort to get it cleaned up in time to get dinner on for the kids.

              1. re: Veggo

                Oh my ... you just reminded me of something that happened many years ago. I was carrying a hot take-out container of lasagna across carpet using oven mitts. It slipped off the mitts and landed upside down, where the tomatoey cheese immediately bonded (and I mean that quite literally) with the synthetic carpet. I was down on hands and knees for weeks afterwards with scissors, snipping it out. Today I have hardwood and tile floors, no carpet.

                My parents' big mistake was making cider vinegar in the basement with the lid tightened. One day while I was at school the whole thing blew, spewing across the entire contents of the basement. I came home to what smelled like a brewery.

              2. That's not a rookie mistake, it's a law of averages mistake(misteak?). If you grill enough you WILL drop something, No one saw it rule applies, unless someone does see it, then you wash it off and put it back on the grill. Ever heard 'everyone eats a peck of dirt before they die'?

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                1. re: Nanzi

                  I'd never heard that expression in 33 years til last week. We were at the beach and my four month old got some sand near her mouth. Twice in one week.

                  I, to annoy my mom, twisted it into, "Everyone eats a dirty pe....". She was sufficiently annoyed, definitely.

                2. My first time making play dough. I was at the supermarket trying to find cream of tartar. I spent forever walking up and down the isle looking for it, mind you I had no idea what it was. Anyway kept walking past the Tatar sauce and after 15 mins I figured that's what the recipe was asking for and it must be a typo on their behalf. 
                  And hour later I had a batch of play dough with chunky lumps in it which smelled awful. I now know to look for cream of tartar next to the baking soda. 

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                  1. re: snax

                    Easier still: look for Play-Doh next to the Lego's, different store...:)

                    1. re: snax

                      reminded of spending some time up and down spice racks in the supermarket looking for lemon zest.

                      1. re: KaimukiMan

                        Spice Islands sells it--not that that's a good thing ;)