Post # 1
Last night I tried to make shrimp fried rice for the first time. I was using this recipe: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2009/06/spicy-shrimp-fried-rice.html
The recipe was really easy, and I felt like a cooking pro as I whipped around the kitchen. Once everything was in the wok, though, I got a little rushed because I was worried the shrimp would overcook. I was on the last step, poured in the soy sauce, and thought, “wow this is really sauce-y for fried rice.”
I used 4 tablespoons instead of 4 teaspoons. *Facepalm* I am still fairly new to cooking so I got all huffy about it and made frozen pizza rolls instead. DH ate all the shrimp but left the rice. A friend later told me I probably could have added more rice to save the dish, but I had already gotten angry and thrown away the failed rice.
Oh well, I’m trying again tomorrow night. I know these things happen, so feel free to share your cooking fails, too. Maybe we can also learn how to fix our mistakes!
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@littlemisst08: I once burned Jello. That should make you feel better. I still can’t figure out how I managed it.
Post # 4
@littlemisst08: Oh yeah, I’ve definitely been in your shoes before, especially when I first started cooking. I remember I completely ruined some shrimp pasta because I burned the crap out of some garlic. Ah, memories.
I get really bent out of shape if a recipe doesn’t work out, either because I screwed it up or because it’s just a crappy recipe. I’ve completely given up on trying any homemade Indian recipes because I’ll be damned if I’ve ever made one that comes anywhere close to being as good as the Indian restaurants I live near.
Post # 5
@littlemisst08: uh I burned rice the other night….like it was literally black on the bottom. Luckily SO loves me knowing full well I’ll never be able to cook.
Post # 6
Never add something soaked in water or water based to hot hot oil pan! My husband always makes fun of me when I run from the stovetop saying “Ouch” “BITCH” “STOP IT!!!!” as the oil crackels. lmao
Post # 7
Im a great cook so this one really bothers me lol but I once messed up hamburger helper. I made it and didn’t add in the milk. I did this more than once and DH commented (he loves hamburger helper lol) and was like “stardust this is good but why is it so watery? do you not let it sit long enough? it’s just not as creamy or tasty as it usually is when I make it” So the next time I showed him and he pointed right to the box where it clearly says to add milk. I guess I was just too cocky and thought “directions on the box? who needs those. Not this girl” well apparently I did need them.
I don’t usually make boxed stuff often so the fact that I failed when I did is just a sore spot lol
Post # 8
I am a pretty awesome cook and have made many delicious dishes in my day – however – everytime I try to make grilled cheese, I burn it and the cheese doesn’t melt. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. All I want is a yummy grilled cheese sandwich for goodness sake…..
Post # 9
I tried to make some sort of Asian beef recipe a number of months ago, and I don’t actually own a wok… and I have a tiny kitchen with barely any space. I thought I could make it work since I generally am pretty confident about my cooking abilities. I was in way over my head, had no experience with this type of cooking… and basically ended up weeping in the kitchen while my FI begrudgingly helped me. The kitchen was a total disaster zone… like flour and other ingredients were everywhere, and the dish didn’t turn out quite as I hoped.
Oh well! I can laugh about it now. At least I tried.
Post # 10
@littlemisst08: I am known as the worst cook in my family, which is basically a bunch of women who are amazing cooks. Once, when my parents went away on vacation and I was supposed to be supervising my brothers, my little brother and I decided to try to make egg salad. Simple, right? Hard boil eggs then mash them with mayonnaise?
Well, I was certain that they had to be boiled for like, 10 minutes. Bro was certain it was closer to 5, and we got into a bit argument that ended with him picking an egg out of the pot and cracking it open, and lo and behold, it wasn’t cooked. So to replace it, we put in another egg.
And then realized there was no way to tell the egg that had just gone into the pot from every other egg already in the pot.
We went through a full carton of eggs.
Post # 11
@happyheidi1984: low and slow heat!!!! that’s the key! I’m a grilled cheese expert, self proclaimed. but it works everytime. Be patient! lmao!
Post # 12
@MrsRevolutionize: Lol that’s amusing.
I admit I boil the crap out of my hard boiled eggs. Maybe I’m just not fussy with my eggs, but they taste the same to me whether they’ve been boiling for 10 minutes and are solid or if I’ve forgotten about them and boiled them for 20+ minutes.
To me, hard boiled eggs are the one thing that doesn’t get screwed up with overcooking. Not that I ever do anything fancy with eggs, mind you. Soft boiled eggs to me are yucky, so I always err on the side of too much time.
Post # 13
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I had to throw out my entire dinner last night. I had everything in my slow cooker/crockpot in the morning…turned it to low…but the thing was NOT PLUGGED IN! So my chicken was sitting all day raw…yuck. I tossed it. Bought new chicken and I am trying again today! Made sure the slow cooker was warm before I left!
Post # 14
I messed up turkey stuffing from a box! One year my MIL was out of town for Thanksgiving so we cooked it without her (FIL, SIL, DH and me). I was in charge of making the stuffing from the box and didnt read the instructions and it basically needed to be thrown away it was so messed up! Luckily there was stuffing in the bird so we just had that.
Post # 15
@littlemisst08: I have more cooking fails then I’d like to admit. The most recent one I can think of is I tried making orange chicken. I don’t know what went wrong but it ended up tasting like chicken doused in orange juice and was positively awful! Poor DH was just munching a long like a champ the whole time. Finally, I just said this chicken is f-ing awful! And he was like yeah, thank god you said something because I really don’t want to eat anymore! That’s true love there – he won’t say anything negative about my cooking until I do. Even then he tries to tell me it’s not that bad. I’m like yes sometimes it really is THAT bad.
ETA – I also messed up soup from a can once! I just poured the soup into a pot and heated it (didn’t add the can of water). I was in high school and so confused. I brought it to my parents and was like what the hell happened?!
Post # 16
@BellaDee: But the entire reason I’m cooking grilled cheese is because I don’t want to be patient!! LOL!! 🙂 I just may have to try your tip for dinner!