7 Mistakes We All Make in the Kitchen

While most of these aren’t harmful to your health, avoiding the following mistakes will help you optimize your time in the kitchen
7 Mistakes We All Make in the Kitchen

Last update: 18 March, 2019

How would you say your habits of cleanliness and organization are in the kitchen? You probably think they’re pretty good and that everything is as healthy as possible.

But there are certain mistakes we all make in the kitchen that you, too, may be unaware of. Keep reading to find out what they are!

These common kitchen mistakes aren’t limited to bad habits or being in a rush. Sometimes even more regimented or commonly touted procedures can become mistakes we make every day.

Common mistakes we make in the kitchen

Not keeping herbs fresh

Everyone loves a well-seasoned dish, and that frequently involves the use of herbs like cilantro, basil, mint or parsley. Most of the time you probably buy them fresh and store them in plastic bags or containers.

Fresh herbs in mason jars

That’s fine for transporting them without damage, but once you get home, you need to remove them from their containers and store them in a cool place. If possible, a cup of water is ideal.

This will prevent them from wilting prematurely.

It’s also important to keep these delicate plants away from extreme temperatures.

When you store them near the stove or in the fridge, their shelf life is lower.

This is one of those mistakes we all make in the kitchen, which can cause some of that delicate flavor to be lost and make you spend more money on herbs that only wind up lasting a day or two.

The best alternative for keeping herbs fresh is to buy a small pot and plant some seeds. All you need is a tiny amount of garden space.

Saving opened canned foods

Canned tomatoes

Canned foods have a number of benefits. They last longer and you can use products that are out of season. Nevertheless, remember that once you open a can, you need to use all of its contents.

Food cans are typically made of aluminum or steel, which resist corrosion as long as they’re not exposed to the air. When you open the can, the process of oxidation begins, and within hours you may have rust mixed with your food.

If you don’t use all of a can’s contents, remember to store the remainder in a container in your fridge or freezer. Plastic or metal containers are the best options for these foods.

This is one of the most common kitchen errors because it just seems to make sense to leave what you don’t consume in the original container.

Peeling bananas incorrectly

While this isn’t the kind of mistake that can cause a major health problem, it’s just a bad habit that most of us have adopted. Most people peel a banana from top to bottom, when the right way is to start from the bottom.

It might seem irrelevant, but it’s the easiest way to handle this fruit.

Tearing off foil

Foil roll

Are you the type of person who tears their foil wherever they want along the roll? Have you ever noticed that there’s a sharp edge on the inside lip of the box, usually in the form of a zigzag?

This is a common mistake people make in the kitchen. The right thing to do would be to measure how much foil you need and then position it along the edge of the box. That way all you need to do is make a little tug for a fast and precise cut.

Peeling potatoes

Without a doubt this has happened to you. When you peel your potatoes you always wind up taking off a good amount of the flesh with the peel. It’s a mistake we all make in the kitchen, but there’s an easy solution.

The next time you go to peel a potato try the following:

  • Wash your potato as usual.
  • Use a knife to draw a line around the circumference of the skin.
  • Boil the potato.
  • Once it’s cooked, remove it from heat and run cold water over it or place it in a container of ice water.
  • Remove the skin with your fingers.

This procedure is so simple because the skin peels off effortlessly. When you think about it, you’re only changing the order of a few steps that can save you a lot of time… and lots of potatoes.

Cleaning the microwave

Cleaning the microwave to avoid tha mistake in the kitchen

You’d probably prefer to go to your dentist than clean your microwave.

But you can make it simple by putting a wet sponge in the device, turning it on for a minute, and then removing the sponge.

You’ll find that the water evaporated and softened any residue inside the oven. All you need to do is wipe it clean. You’ll be amazed how quickly you remove any food residues.

Serving food on cold plates

You probably try to prepare your dishes in the best way possible, keeping them at the right temperatures. But when you serve them on a cold plate, the whole effort is lost!

Food at fine restaurants is served on a plate at the correct temperature. If it’s a cold dish, the plate is also cold. If the food is hot, the plate is heated to maintain the temperature of the food.

To wrap things up, doing things the way we’ve always done doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re correct.

And as for you, what mistakes do you commonly make in the kitchen? What other tricks would you recommend?

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