Little Cooking Mistakes Can Really Mess Stuff Up

Oooops, I did it again. I didn't put enough water in the pot and now the spaghetti is gummy.

My bad! I didn't run the spinach through the salad spinner before I threw it into pan of garlic and olive oil. Now my greens are a wilted mushy mass and oil sprayed all over me and my stove.

Little mistakes = big problems, right? Has it happened to you?

There's a dozen or so small errors we can make. Cooks mess up either because they aren't paying attention or they just plain don't know.

The pros at Real Simple are here to take us through a virtual Hall of Fame of cooking mistakes. Fess up, how many of them have you made?

And what mistakes are missing from their list? Please share them in the comments here and we'll all learn.

7 Common Cooking Mistakes at Real Simple

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