9 Common Cooking Mistakes And How To Fix Them

Oil in a cold pan

"When cooking with oil, start with a cold pan to prevent sticking and ensure even cooking. Heat the pan and oil together for the best results."

Salt after cooking

"Add salt to your dishes after cooking to avoid over-salting. This will also give you more control over the seasoning and prevent your food from becoming too salty."

Using dull knives

"Using dull knives can be dangerous and make cooking more difficult. Keep your knives sharp with a honing steel or sharpening stone to make meal prep easier and safer."

Not sifting flour

"Sifting flour is an important step in baking. It removes lumps and aerates the flour for a lighter, fluffier result. Don't skip this step in your recipes."

Constantly opening the oven

"Opening the oven frequently can cause fluctuations in temperature and affect your baking results. Use the oven light or window instead to monitor your food without letting heat escape."

Cold ingredients

"Cold ingredients can affect the texture and rise of your baked goods. Make sure your ingredients are at room temperature before baking for best results and even cooking."

Crowding the pan

"Overcrowding the pan can cause your food to steam instead of sear. Leave enough space between items for even cooking and a crispy exterior. Cook in batches if needed."

Adding garlic too soon

"Adding garlic too soon can result in burnt, bitter garlic. Wait until your oil is hot and then add your garlic to ensure a fragrant and flavorful addition to your dish."

Moving ingredients around too much

"Moving ingredients around too much can prevent them from developing a crispy crust or browning properly. Let your food sit undisturbed for a few minutes before flipping or stirring."