It might not be often, but it happens frequently enough to be infuriating: having to toss out a pan of cake, a pot of sauce, or tray of cookies because of one simple misstep during cooking or baking. It just reminds us that everything do with cooking is so delicate! A dash too much of this or slightly too long cooking on that can ruin an entire meal. Why don’t we stop feeling bad about our ruined dinners, and pat ourselves on the back for creating culinary miracles almost perfectly every day?
That being said, tossing out food can be a bummer, not to mention can ruin a whole month for those of us who are on a strict, unyielding food budget. Never fear! With a little ingenuity and inventiveness, there are ways you can rescue even the most destroyed meals!
Adding a tiny bit of a different ingredient to soups and sauces can rescue most kitchen blunders. Did you confuse salt and sugar? It’s okay; it’s likely been done by your mother and your mother’s mother too. Add lemon juice, white wine vinegar, potatoes, more water, or a creamy element like an avocado. On the other hand, stuff that’s too sweet can get lemon or lime juice, olive oil, or another type of creamy fat. There are secrets even if your food is too spicy, too sour, and too soggy!
With baking, it’s a bit more complicated. Often, if you’ve made a mistake with the baking time and ingredients, it’s too late. But there are still things you can do to fix blunders. Brushing a dry cake with simple syrup will moisten it, and you can always turn a cracked cake into a delightful trifle! If you have repeat issues with a bad oven (which can be a horrible ordeal), some of these baking tips will definitely help.