1. Using the same sponge over and over again
Sponges are one of the dirtiest items in a kitchen. If you wash the dishes every day, you should be getting a new sponge at least once a month.
2. Putting foods in the oven before it’s completely preheated
You need to allow your oven to fully preheat before sticking in your dish. Your food will actually cook faster in a preheated oven.
3. Making the oven too hot
Cooking is a chemical process that involves chemical reactions, which is why you have to follow the required temperatures to the fullest extent.
4. Only cooking from a recipe
While recipes are great, you should also know how to cook a few staple dishes on your own that don’t require one.
5. Underestimating the amount of time it’ll take
It’s important to accurately calculate the amount of time it’ll take you to completely finish a dish, starting with ingredient prep to tasting the first bite. Just know that time estimates on a recipe are that, an estimate, not a time set in stone.
6. Checking on your food too frequently
Checking it too frequently will probably slow down the cooking process. Every time you open the oven door, you allow cold air to seep in, therefore slowing down the process.
7. Under salting your foods
Not putting enough salt in your dish will lead to a bland meal. If a recipe calls for a few tablespoons of salt, go for it.
8. Placing hot food in the fridge
If you’re trying to cool soup, you can divide up the soup into smaller, shallow containers and place in the fridge to cool, but never stick a giant, deep hot dish directly in the fridge, as this may cause bacteria to grow.
9. Mixing in a too small bowl
This is extremely annoying and just causes a huge mess. So when it comes to mixing ingredients, always go big.
10. Forgetting to coat the pan
Coating a pan with olive oil or butter is very important, especially if you’re using a pan that’s not non-stick. You don’t want your food to stick to the bottom when you try to take it out.