Writer’s Workshop: 7 Kitchen Tips

2.) 7 kitchen tips based on mistakes you have made in the past.

I can’t tell you how many meals I’ve set in front of my husband, blinked at him in anticipation and said, “Go on, you try it first!”

I would copy new recipes from different websites, checked out cookbooks from the library, and subscribed to cooking magazines. I was going to learn to cook! Eleven years later and I’m like, “Gahhhh, you guys STILL need to eat? Haven’t I done enought!?!”

Of all the years I’ve spent slaving over the oven, these are the 7 kitchen tips you’d be wise to remember:

1.) A Tablespoon of salt is different than a teaspoon of salt. When in doubt, opt for the teaspoon.

2.) Raw meat in the refrigerator for longer than four days should not be cooked and consumed.

3.) Slow cooker meals are wonderfully easy options, specifically when you turn the cooking device on.

4.) Pizza rolls can cook for 40 minutes or longer without causing significant damage.

5.) Grilled cheese sandwiches cannot cook for 40 minutes or longer without causing significant damage.

6.) Mashed bananas from jars of baby food do not make a good substitute in banana bread.

7.) Orange peels, apple cores, gravel bits, and uncooked rice do not belong in your garbage disposal.

Consider yourself saved from certain kitchen catastrophes!

Now it’s your turn!

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1.) A blog post inspired by the word: modest
2.) 7 kitchen tips based on mistakes you have made in the past.
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  2. says

    Excellent tips!! I can’t tell you how often I’ve put a pot of water to boil – only to return 20 minute later, cursing myself for not turning on the stove.

    And don’t get me started on meat in the fridge. I am notorious for defrosting meat and then letting it sit.

  3. says

    Oh the things we must learn the hard way! #5 gave me a good laugh especially. :) And, really, uncooked rice is a problem? I actually wouldn’t have guessed that – add to your list potato soup / mashed potatoes. Can be troublesome.

    • says

      Oh dear, I honestly have a pot of potato soup IN my sink at this very moment just waiting to be dumped…what the heck else am I supposed to do with it??

  4. says

    Good tips! About the disposal. I learned the hard way and now I avoid it as much as possible! If you have ever replaced a disposal and saw all the crap that gets built up in it, it will make you think twice about using one. So nasty! I prefer throwing peels and scraps out on the garden or in the trash can.

  5. says

    Cooking & I are not good friends. Never have been, never will be.

    Hilarious post! I’m not even going to embarrass myself & tell you how many times I’ve not turned the crock pot on…..

    • says

      Isn’t it enough that we put all the things IN the crock pot? Now we have to remember to turn it on too!?!

  6. says

    I’ve done the crockpot thing! It’s only about half-way through the day that you stop and think “gee, I don’t recall hitting that button…… did I?”

    I think that it’s hilarious that you tried to make banana bread from baby food! I actually snorted at that one.

  7. says

    Great list! I’m pretty familiar with all of them, though I have not tried baby food mashed bananas in banana bread. It shocks me each day that my family wants more of my cooking.

  8. says

    I am not a cook and never will be. But once, early in our marriage I thought I’d try. The husband (who is an excellent cook) tried everything I made and managed to choke it down until….the “meatloaf incident.” He had suggested that I use some spices to keep it from being bland. So I did. Unfortunately, the oregano didn’t have one of those tops with holes in it, so when I tipped the jar half of it fell into the meat. Turns out no matter how much you scoop out, you just can’t get enough of it out. After that incident, he gently suggested that I let him do the cooking. I gladly accepted.

  9. says

    I get so tired to making dinner. There is so much to it. Make sure you come up with variety, have the ingredients and that they have no mold or any other problematic features, have a recipe or know what you are doing, and THEN do the stupid cooking, and THEN do the even more stupid clean-up, and THEN do the whole thing again tomorrow. Not a fan!

  10. says

    I have the same feeling about my family – what? Are they hungry again? You know, the only time they are actually starving is when there are no chips in the cupboard.

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