No matter our level of culinary expertise, we’ve all experienced kitchen disasters at one time or another.
1. Your Cake is stuck in a Pan
If you encounter a situation in which the cake you made has refused to come out of the pan, all you need to do is just dump it in a bin and order one from the nearest bakery. Lol, we are kidding . First, let the cake come to room temperature. Then cover it in plastic wrap and freeze it for at least 6 hours. Then remove the cake from the freezer and run a butter knife around the sides of the pan. Next, use two forks at opposite ends of the cake as “levers” to nudge the cake upwards. Once you do this around the entire cake, invert the pan and tap an edge at a 45 degree angle on a board.
2. Your Rice is Overcooked and Mushy
When you’re handed lemons, make lemonade. And when you end up with mushy rice, make fried rice. Just toss that rice into a saucepan with some eggs, veggies, leftover meat and soy sauce and you’ve made a meal out of a mess.
3. Your Food is Too Spicy
Experts suggest that dairy is the best neutralizer for too much spice. So if you need to normalize the spice factor in a dish you’ve made, try stirring in a bit of yogurt or sour cream.
4. Your food is over-salted
The best way to repair your food is to double or triple the recipe—but omit any extra salt! Or, if you’re making a clear soup, add some uncooked pasta or a raw, peeled potato to the pot. The starch will absorb much of the salt. Discard the pasta or potato after 15 to 20 minutes.
5. You ends up over-boiling Pasta
If you forget the pot of boiling pasta on the stove, put in ice water or run under cold water for a few minutes to stop the cooking process and contract the starch. Then reheat in tomato sauce—the acid will perk it up further.
6. Your Gravy is Lumpy
Just pour lumpy gravy into a food processor or blender and puree until it’s smooth. You’re welcome!
7. Broken Cakes or Cookies
If your baked goods break into pieces, turn that disaster into a parfait or trifle. Take the baked good pieces and layer then with whipped cream and fresh fruit in a large glass bowl or in individual glasses. Chill until you’re ready to serve.
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