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Everyday Cheapskate: 9 Cooking Mistakes We All Make and How to Fix Them

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Just the other night, I suffered a kitchen disaster. I hate when that happens. I ruined an entire pot of pasta because I got busy and was not paying attention. By the time I realized, the pasta had cooked way beyond al dente, all the way to total mush.

It killed me to dump the whole thing, but there was no way to undo that disaster.

Thankfully, that's not true for every cooking mistake. This is a list you're going to want to keep handy just in case.


It's a common cooking mistake. If you've added far too much salt to a sauce or soup and you have enough ingredients, double the recipe, or make more by half. Then mix it in with the salty batch a bit at a time until you've reached your desired flavor.

Another trick is to add a bit more unsalted water to the mix, provided this will not also dilute the flavor.

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Don't toss it until you've tried this neat trick: Use your cheese grater to quickly scrape off the burned layer. Works like magic!


The first sign of a cake that's not done is a sinkhole in the middle. Once cooled, you cannot re-bake it. But don't worry. This is not a hopeless kitchen disaster.


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