Jan. 27, 2012 8:27 am
Updated: Dec. 13, 2012 6:50 pm
I am using the term Oopsy!~ as AR does not acknowledge, Oh Sh!t. Which is still a very famous phrase in my kitchen.
As I read through posts, from new cooks on the buzz, it makes me think, --these cooks are so gifted and smart. They have a great community to offer help which will lead to success.
As I look back over the years, I did not have virtual friends to aid in my cooking experiences. I had my gramma on the phone on many occasions asking things like:
How is the bread dough suppose to look/feel?
What is this gunk left in the roasting pan?
Or, I don't feel like cooking tonight, what are you having and can I come over?
Gramma had great advice, but many times were trial and error. Now my daughters are starting to cook in their own homes and I get phone calls asking about meatloaf, recipes and how did you get .......with a multitude of Q&A's
I think it would be interesting to take our unsuccesful moments in the kitchen and put them together as a reference for many young or new cooks. Even experienced cooks would benefit. It seems no matter how much I know, I still learn tricks, do's and dont's.
So here are a few of mine and please feel free to add your own as it may spark a memory for someone else
*Do not use warm water when mixing flour and water in a jar for gravy, it explodes and cleaning the kitchen takes days, even weeks later you WILL find a bit of glue like substance on the ceiling
*Do not leave anything on the stove to cook on high and run to the phone, the door or the garden, a watched pot may never boil, but unwatched food burns in 2 minutes
*Potatoes are the chameleon of the vegetable world, if peeled and left out of water, they turn black, if left in the sunlight they turn green, and if left in normal house light, they sprout prematurely. No one wants premature sprouting from anything.
*Never bake a fruit pie in a clean oven without foil under the pie plate. An unwritten law of the kitchen will ensure that the filling boils over in the oven, a child will spill milk on a clean floor and clean cupboards or fridges are magnets for tipped jars
*cold meat does not shred. I was in a hurry to cook some pork for sandwiches, I was called away from the kitchen so I set the pork into the fridge. It cooled freakishly quick and I had to reheat it to shred.
*any time a new kitchen idea works, thank the cooking elves for a fantabulous meal and write it down. Tips written in the backs of cookbooks or in the notes section of my recipe box help to ensure great results next time. We may think our memory is a bank,
but mine is more like a safe and I often forget the combination to open it.
I know I am not alone in the Oopsy department, we all make mistakes and in time they are a funny learning experience, even if at first all you can say is Oh Sh!t.