Rescue Me! How to Save Dinner from Burning

Chris's post last week on cooking mistakes was a catalog of every kitchen snafu we've ever had the joy of experiencing. Ouch!

There's nothing worse than realizing that you forgot to chop the spinach just as your onions turn translucent. Or even worse: that tell-tale aroma of singed vegetables wafting from the stove.

Next time you find yourself facing a dinner disaster of the burned variety, here are two quick tips to help save the day.Turn off the heat. Makes sense, right?! And yet, in the heat of the moment (no pun intended...), it's easy to forget this simple trick. If you have an electric stove, move the pan to another burner until it cools off.

Add another ingredient. A splash of chicken broth or a handful of raw veggies will absorb the extra heat and give you an extra minute to assess the situation. Even a splash of water will do in a pinch!

Anyone else have any good tips for rescuing dinner?

(Image: Emma Christensen for the Kitchn)

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