10 Common Cooking Errors And How To Fix Them

In the kitchen, there are certain mistakes and "cooking errors" that we can make which influence the flavor and quality of our food. Find the solution here.
10 Common Cooking Errors And How To Fix Them

Last update: 06 March, 2019

Not everyone is a master chef. It’s common to make blunders in the kitchen, but these can affect how your food tastes, as well as the quality of your meal. Here we’ll explain 10 common cooking errors, some of which could be affecting your health.

It’s important to identify problems during food preparation, and then look for a solution. You need to pay attention, have patience and practice certain things each time you cook; doing this will help eliminate those cooking errors, helping the recipes come out better.

The most common cooking errors

You don’t sample your food

One of the most common cooking errors people make is not trying their own food. Leaving out this small detail could make or break your dish. You should be taste-testing your dish during various stages of the preparation process to make sure things are turning out as planned.

You don’t read the whole recipe


Following a recipe is the best way to get a delicious meal. There are times, however, when we may be pressed for time or have other distractions going on, and we may leave something out, which could be essential to the outcome of the dish.

Not measuring ingredients

Recipes always have recommended measurements for the preparation of the meal. These measurements are key to the finished product, you don’t want certain flavors overpowering the dish.

Substituting ingredients

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There will always be times when we may not have every exact ingredient on hand, so we opt to substitute something. This is one of the most common cooking errors that can ruin a dish if not done properly.

Frying several foods at once

It’s normal to want to save space and time when frying foods. When you do this, though, it can take a lot longer to cook everything together, and some foods may absorb the flavor of others.

Using low-quality ingredients

The quality of your ingredients weighs heavily on the success of your dish. You can always find a better deal, something on sale; but the cheapest is not always the best tasting. Use good quality products for a better flavor.


The right timing is essential to good food. Over-cooking something can completely ruin all the preparation and hard work you’ve put into making the food. Most recipes will call for a specific cooking time, follow this recommendation for the best results.

Not washing your hands

Washing your hands is an important step in cooking

It’s proper hygiene to wash your hands so your food is healthy. We all know that our hands can carry germs, which can be transferred to the food we’re about to eat. It’s important to wash your hands well with soap and warm water before beginning any food preparation.


When it’s time to add the salt, this can be one of the more complicated steps in cooking. Too little or too much salt is a common mistake in the kitchen. It’s best to add in a little bit at a time while testing the flavor, so as not to over-salt it.

Not washing your food

This is more frequent with certain products than others, such as fruits and vegetables. Remember some foods are sprayed with pesticides, wax, and carry germs from everyone else who has touched them before they ended up in your kitchen.

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