Cooking isn’t always as easy as we may have thought it to be when we were younger. Knowing what not to do in the kitchen can be a big help in making sure you don’t burn down your house or poison your guests (or yourself). Here are seven big cooking “dont's” thanks to “Lifehacker.”
- Ignoring basic kitchen safety. Use oven mitts and potholders and never put water on a grease fire.
- Getting too ambitious. There are so many delicious, simple recipes out there for you to try and then work your way up to harder ones.
- Not planning or preparing enough. Cooking is much less stressful when you plan and prepare in advance and aren’t rushing to do stuff.
- Not tasting as you cook. No matter how perfectly you’re following the recipe, taste, and spice as you go.
- Overcooking and undercooking. Use cooking thermometers and make sure you know the strength of the heat on your oven or stove.
- Not having enough patience. Cooking takes time and crowding everything on a pan or cookie sheet will not taste the way you want it to.
- Burning the garlic. It cooks super quickly, so be careful, but burnt garlic will really change the taste of whatever you’re making.