Link: Cooking Light's 25 Most Common Cooking Mistakes

I subscribe to Cooking Light magazine, it is one of my favorite resources for healthy recipes. I love leafing through the color photos and unusual ingredients, even if I don't attempt many of them each month. In the March issue, there was an article detailing the most common cooking mistakes and how to prevent them.


Anyone who cooks has memories of their own kitchen disasters. I could relate to many of these mishaps. I'm especially guilty of "You overcrowd the pan." I'm always trying to minimize the dirty dishes. I liked the way this article explained the why of each "mistake" and advice for next time.

Here is a tip from their article, one that had never occurred to me before. It explains why some things haven't turned out since I switched to skim milk. I'm also guilty of "You boil when you should simmer."

You overheat low-fat milk products. Result: The milk curdles or "breaks," yielding grainy mac and cheese, ice cream, or pudding.

If you're new to lighter cooking, you may not know that even though you can boil cream just fine, the same is not true for other milk products, which will curdle. The solution is to cook lower-fat dairy products to a temperature of only 180 degrees F or less.


Use a clip-on thermometer, hover over the pan, and heat over medium-low or low heat to prevent curdling. And if it curdles, toss and start again. One alternative: Stabilize milk with starch, like cornstarch or flour, if you want to bring it to a boil; the starch will prevent curdling (and it'll thicken the milk, too).

Here is a link to the entire article:

Let us know which tips were helpful to you. If you have any of your own cooking disasters you would like to share, feel free to post them here!

Source: Cooking Light Magazine

By Jess (TF Editor) from Hillsboro, OR

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March 18, 20100 found this helpful

I get that magazine too but most ingredients are beyond my budget or my small grocery store does not carry many of the things. But to comment on the milk curdling, I did know that but I thought if you had your soup made with milk in a crock pot on low, it would not curdle...nope, wrong.


It does. I had company last weekend and had to present them with curdled soup. I was so disappointed. I don't think it changes the taste, only the texture though.

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March 18, 20100 found this helpful

Having cooked for the past 40 years I am guilty of all of these at least once and sometimes twice ;-) Thanks for the link, Jess, and it gave me some good giggle memories :-)

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March 24, 20100 found this helpful

I know what you mean about the spendy ingredients but I don't often follow the recipes exactly. I more look for inspiration. I noticed that they even started a $10 dinner article, glad ours was years earlier :)

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