Post # 1
So, in this thread, we were chatting about our fails in the kitchen.
I’ve had plenty over the years, but one of my most recent memorable fails was probably the undercooked Engagement Chicken, about two years ago. (Maybe that’s why I’m still waiting? Bahahaha!) But, seriously, we started eating, and it was still pink and cold in some parts. FAIL! I tried putting it back in the oven for a little while, but I was out of foil to cover it with, so the outside burned before the inside was completely done. We settled for pb&j’s instead. I bought a proper meat thermometer the very next week, lol!
Share your cooking fails!
ETA: Whoops, forgot to hyperlink my thread reference. It’s fixed now.
Post # 3
Undercooked engagement chicken! Me Too! And then he proceeded to eat it anyway…I told him it wouldn’t be my fault if he got sick because I told him not to eat it. smh. He was hungry- I took longer than I thought. He tried to eat around the pink parts.
I manage to burn myself whenever I use olive oil on the stove as well. Managed to completely burn bell peppers.
Oh and the one time that I made eggs in a basket and it was disgusting. I still don’t know why- I’ve made them since and I love it.
Post # 4
@Wonderwoman217: LOL! Awww…You know, I don’t even use a thermometer. A medium sized chicken is done in 1 1/2. A larger one in 2 hours. And baste, baste, baste! (Never covering it with anything at any point.)
Recently, I made crunchy risotto. In my defence, it was my first try!!
Post # 5
I’m sure there have been other times I’ve messed up but the one I remember the most was when I messed up a grilled cheese sandwich. He had made them so much that I decided to treat him to one for lunch one day. It was completely charred when I finished and I couldn’t figure out why. He went through the steps to make another one and I realized I didn’t know I was supposed to spread butter on the bread to prevent it from burning. Now I can make them pretty well though among other things!
Post # 6
Once back in college my Fiance (then boyfriend) and I splurged on a beef roast. I cooked it up one night, and it was delicious, and we had only a small bit left over but we were too broke to waste it! So the next night I made a beef broth and added carrots and potatoes and the roast beef from the night before. All good. Then I started seasoning it, and as I added oregano the top fell off the container and almost all the oregano dumped in! I scooped up as much as possible but there was still a ridiculous amount in there. We ate that stew for two more days, for both lunch and dinner, and it tasted awful. To this day, my Fiance won’t let me add oregano to anything.
Post # 7
A few years into Fiance (then bf) and I dating, I invited him over for dinner with my family. I was excited because I was going to cook the entire meal by myself. I made a roast chicken and all the fixings. It came out fabulous – moist and cooked just right. Everyone was raving about my “skills” and I couldn’t be happier. That is, until we started cleaning up after dinner. My bf lifted the lid off the pot of gizzards that I had boiled to give to the dog later. He said “There’s a chicken head in there.” I thought he was joking. Turns out I had boiled the gizzards that came in the middle of the chicken and somehow the head of the chicken had gotten in there. I was mortified. O_O And grossed out.
We called the company and they said because all their processes are automated, the only way a chicken head could get mixed in with the gizzards was if an employee deliberately put it there. (!!)
Post # 8
I consider myself an accomplished cook – I can make pretty much anything and make it taste good – EXCEPT grilled cheese. I just can’t do it. The bread is always either soggy or burnt and the cheese all leaks out. Drives me insane.
Post # 9
I still have some issues occasionally with crunchy spanish rice… stupid electric stove and getting the right temp. grrrr
And the first time I made lasagna it called for a certian cheese on the top and it ended up being one of those cheeses that doesn’t really “melt” but just gets greasy… this was the first meal I ever made DS then just Boyfriend or Best Friend.
I was horrififed and TOTALLY blamed it on the stupid recipe that called for it! lol
Post # 10
I once set my family’s grill on fire. I was making beer can chicken. The can of beer exploded and along with that so did the grill.
Post # 11
I tend to be a decent to good cook I think, and I am the offical family baker for holidays, but I have had a couple of seriously epic fails. I make this lemon pound cake pretty much every single time my family gets together for anything, and it has baking soda in it. Well one day, I was in a hurry and making it from memory, not the recipe, and accidently grabbed baking powder instead. The cake batter tasted fine, so I just stuck it in the oven. Halfway through the cooking, I check the oven and the cake has risen more than twice what is supposed to, no big deal I thought, it will just be a litle tall. Oh no. That sucker explodeded in the oven. It was AWFUL! I haven’t lived that down yet.
I also tried to make chicken and dumplings like my dad always makes, I’ve watched him make it so I thought I knew how. Well, I totally forgot to put in cream of chicken soup so the sauce was gross and thin, and then, all my dumplings just kind of dissolved into a giant clump because they were too wet when I put them in. I didnt use enough flour. It was the first time I made ti for Fiance and he was a sport and ate it but I will be making them correctly for him next time!
Post # 12
This past Christmas Eve (our first Christmas as a married couple), Darling Husband and I wanted to start a tradition where we cook this fancy meal on Christmas Eve. So I got my mother’s recipe for Rock Cornish Game Hens (stuffed with pineapple and rice….seriously delicious!) and we made it. And it was undercooked and just looked….awful. We ended up throwing it out and heating up a pre-made pizza! A memorable first Christmas Eve married for sure!
Post # 13
@Just_Squeeze: I still, to this day, have no idea why it failed so badly! About a year before that, I cooked my very first Thanksgiving turkey, all by myself (aka, w/o my mother or grandmother’s help) and it turned out beautifully perfect! I tented, I basted, etc etc. But that darn chicken still baffles me. I did everything right. One of those flukes, I guess, lol.
Post # 14
@chasesgirl: oh giiiiirl. I put a cup of baking soda into a banana bread once. It was NOT my fault, I was making them with a girlfriend, she was reading the recipe and I was putting it in, she READ a cup of baking soda, not a tsp. Anywho, we were pretty young, like 8 or 9, and my parents had allowed us to bake it ourselves if we followed the recipe, they were working out in the garden. I went outside in a panic telling them the banana bread was overflowing, my dad had to put FIVE different containers into the oven to catch all the over flow.
He made us try it after. It was so terrible…
Post # 14
I’m a pretty good cook and I can follow ANY recipe. Especially desserts. Unless I’m completely zoned out and watching TV instead of paying attention to what I’m doing.
I had a recipe for white sugar cookies….. and I used several cups of SALT instead of SUGAR! Yeah, they were more like salt licks than cookies. And were hard as bricks. Epic FAIL.
I also attempted cakepops. Yeah, that didn’t turn out good, either.
However, I can say I make really good wine cake. I made a cake using fresh picked raspberries (A LARGE bowl full). Yummy raspberries in every bite! And…. left it in the fridge for a week. The raspberries ended up fermenting! LOL! Not exactly MY fault, but… yeah. An actual WINE cake! LOL!
Post # 15
This thread is awesome.
My biggest fail was when I was probably in 9th or 10th grade. I was making brownies from a box, and I forgot to add the eggs. When I took it out of the oven, the pan had a rock-hard brown layer on the bottom and all the liquid was just sliding around on top of that. Naaaasty.