We all make mistakes when cooking, right? Cooking LightÂ says that “the creative cook can often cook her way out of a kitchen error, but the smart cook aims to prevent such creativity from being necessary”. In order to help you along your way to “smart cook” status, Cooking Light compiled a list of forty-three common cooking mistakes you can learn to avoid.
Such mistakes include: slicing meat with the grain, not ‘shocking’ vegetables once they’ve reached the desired texture, and not letting meats get to room temperature before putting them in the oven. I need to pay particular attention to common mistake number one:
1. You don’t taste as you go.
Result:Â The flavors or textures of an otherwise excellent dish are out of balance or unappealing.
For most cooks, tasting is automatic, but when itâ€™s not, the price can be high. Recipes donâ€™t always call for the “right” amount of seasoning, cooking times are estimates, and results vary depending on your ingredients, your stove, altitudeâ€¦and a million other factors. Your palate is the control factor.