Cooking is a science, and even the tiniest, most innocuous-seeming error can ruin a dish. Weve already written about what to do when your oven can’t seem to cook anything right, but sometimes the fault lies with the cook, not the tools. Here are five common ways you might be screwing up in the kitchenand how to avoid them.
Are you making mistakes in your cooking? It’s quite possible. Here are five common ways you might be screwing up in the kitchen—and how to avoid them.
Recipes usually give specific baking or cooking times, but differences in oven temperatures, altitude, and other factors make it unlikely that your food will take exactly as long as the recipe suggests. That means you have to pay attention. There’s a reason most recipes also provide clues about how your food should look and feel when it’s ready.
Preheating matters, both on the cooktop and inside the oven. If you put raw ingredients in a skillet before it’s hot enough, your food will stick, you won’t get a good sear, and you could end up with overcooked food if you try to compensate later in the cooking process.
Say you’re following a stew recipe. It calls for a long simmer on the cooktop. You turn up the heat and let your pot bubble away. Sounds good, right? Read more…