Everyone has made mistakes when cooking. Even the most accomplished cooks can be distracted and make a mistake. So don’t feel too bad about it. Or maybe you didn’t know about or forgot about an important step or ingredient.
1. Not Reading the Recipe All the Way Through
Sometimes we get in a hurry and don’t read the recipe first. When we do this, we don’t realize there’s an ingredient or more that we didn’t put on our shopping list. It’s so frustrating to get half way through a recipe then find out you can’t finish it.
2. You didn’t allow the meat to come to room temperature
Meet straight from the fridge is less likely to cook evenly in the oven. This means part of your meat may be under cooked. Put your meat into the sink 20 – 30 min. before cooking. This is plenty of time for it to come to room temperature.
3. You don’t know the real temperature of your oven
Depending on where you live and how cool or hot your home is has a big effect on cooking. Some climates are hotter and so cooking times for the recipe your using may actually need less time. The same applies if you live in a cooler climate. It may take longer. Knowing the real temperature of your oven will make a difference in how your recipe turns out.
4. Opening the oven door to see if it’s done yet
By opening the oven during baking you lose some heat from your oven. You lose about 25 degrees every time you open the door. So cooking times will be longer. If you really want to look, make sure the glass is clean so you can see through the door. If your oven doesn’t have a glass door, you might consider whether it’s time to buy a new oven.
5. Overcooking the meat
Using a meat thermometer will help you determine if your meat is done. This helps your meat stay moist and tender.
6. You don’t have a key ingredient
Sometimes we realize too late that we don’t have a main spice or seasoning in the middle of cooking. Many of us substitute something else or just leave it out. Reading your ingredients list before shopping will make sure you have what you need.
7. You forgot you had food in the oven
We’ve all done this at least once in our lives. Having a kitchen timer reminds us that food is done.
8. Putting too much food on the pan
Food needs air space around it for each piece to cook evenly. If you overcrowd your pan it’s likely you’ll never get the results you expect.
9. You’re breading falls off
There’s a little secret to making this work: first coat your meat in flour on both sides, then dip it into the batter. Last, coat it with bread crumbs.
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