Fixing Cooking Mistakes

Fixing Cooking Mistakes-

fixing cooking mistakesThe joy of cooking often includes fixing cooking mistakes. I know that may seem odd. But a remedy for a mistake can make you smile when you realize that the recipe is not ruined.I am often like a “mad scientist” when I am creating recipes  and I make mistakes in the kitchen on occassion. Even when making tried and true recipes. These are just a few of the rescues I have used. I hope these tips are useful to you too ♥


Fix Watery Soup

If your soup is to thin (watery) mix a tablespoon of softened butter and a tablespoon of flour in a bowl and whisk until creamy ( roux). Slowly whisk it into your soup and taa daa! I had to have one taa daa moment. Okay, now it’s out of my system lets move on :-)

Fix Burned Rice-

If you make rice in a saucepan and not a rice cooker this probably has happened more times than you’d like to admit (I mean I would like to admit). A quick fix is to place the heel of a loaf of bread on top of the rice and cover it with the lid and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Then scoop the rice out of the saucepan being careful not to get any of the burned rice on the bottom of the saucepan. The bread absorbs the burned smell and taste.

Remedy For Over Baked Cookies

Put the crispy cookies in a plastic container with a lid  and add a few slices of apple. Let them sit overnight. Also 5-8 seconds in a microwave can also work wonders.

Get the Most Juice from Your Lemon or Lime

 This easy trick is better than rolling your citrus on a counter. Cold citrus doesn’t release its juice as easily.  Place your lemons and limes in the microwave for 15 or 20 seconds just before juicing. Get them warm NOT hot. Do not exceed 20 seconds.

how to get more juice from lemons and limes


Remedy for Under Baked Cake

I don’t have a photo for this one but this is a terrific trick

 If you discover your cake has a gooey middle and it’s too late to put it back in the oven. Cut out the center of the cake (the gooey bit) and fill the hole with whipped cream. (or ice cream). This is a great if your cake falls in the center too.

Hoping your weekend is a sweet one.

Did you find these tips useful?






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  1. Michelle says:

    These tips are awesome, I know the rice one is going to come in handy. Very cool about the apple!

  2. I thicken my soup, often… on purpose! Sometimes I just don’t want it thin and watery.

  3. I don’t eat sweets, Katie, so the tips about cookies and cake are n/a in my case. However, I found the first two useful, especially the one about using bread to fix burned rice. Any tips about spilled milk? I usually cry over it. :) Have a wonderful weekend, dear friend!

  4. Danielle says:

    I also use Potato Buds (instant potatoes) to thicken stuff up….for me it is the best because with the flour I end up with clumps ;)…I’m really horrible in the kitchen.

  5. I’ll have to remember the cookie trick. Yes, I’m the one who makes cookies in our house and sometimes I overbake them.

  6. what great tips! I especially like the idea for rice (yes we’ve all burnt rice once or twice – ha!) thanks for sharing

  7. I’ve been a chef for a number of years. I have noticed what charming new ideas come from mistakes. I spend lots of time teaching my daughters how to fix things they’re preparing. Much of that has to do with the fact that we have to cook with gluten free alternate flours.

  8. I love the over baked cookie tip. Thanks!

  9. I definitely need those tips! Thanks for sharing this week at One Creative Weekend! Have a great week!

  10. Deborah says:

    Well those are great tips. Thank you.

  11. Great tips! When my hubby bakes his famous chocolate chip cookies, he likes to add a piece of bread in the container to keep them fresh and moist.

    (Thank you for the link back! hugs!)

  12. I’m sure I’ll use the tip for the soup! Thanks.

  13. Great ideas! I’ll store them away…I’m sure to need them!
    Hugs, GraceinAZ (Pat)

  14. so appreciate the tips…especially the cookie one 😉
    joined the giveaway, too

  15. Great tips Katherine…love the cookie one!! :)

  16. Great tips. I have used the apple idea but the others are new to me. I am pinning.
    Hugs, Ginger

  17. I need to remember the rice and bread trick. I sometimes put things on the stove and walk away to play on the computer…… burn something every time.

  18. Thanks for the great tips! I needed the one for the cookies last week when my daughter over cooked. So good to know. :)

  19. i love the tip about the rice

  20. Thanks for the tips! I def make mistakes in the kitchen and it’s good if you can save a meal rather than having it ruined by a small oops.

  21. Mid-Atlantic Martha says:

    Thanks for your sweet visit. What great tips these are…..sure to come in handy.

  22. andrea cammarata says:

    Hi there my friend! How are you and how is the little pup doing? Once again so sorry I have been away…it is just an extremely crazy time here and I haven’t been out visiting everyone on the blogosphere : ( soon i hope : ) Great tips…I have used the soup one and also use left over mashed potatoes : ) the rice — well i have never burnt it…secret…I have an Asian ricer which I have to say I LOVE LOVE LOVE…always perfect lol!!! : ) rice is always on here… hugs to you and I promise to visit more really soon! tons of hugs!!!!

  23. I love clever tips. These are good ones. Thanks.

  24. Thanks for sharing these tips! I will be using them!

  25. I sure will bookmark this post. I am still learning my way around the kitchen and have had to tweek some of my mistakes. great post.

  26. I am going to have to remember the burned rice idea. I’ve burned rice before and couldn’t get rid of the burned taste/smell.

  27. I’ll be pinning this and sharing the pin on Facebook at OneCreativeMommydotcom. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. From one scatterbrained chef–thanks for the great tips.

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