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Have you ever been through the hell of three or more people cooking in a cramped kitchen? Or suffered a mother-in-law hovering over your shoulder as you cook dinner, commenting on your every move? Chances are you have had to watch someone excruciatingly clueless try to make something edible that others would enjoy. All of these and many more situations simply scream “cue: chaos”.

However, not all food-related disasters have to be suffered in real life in order to send shivers down one’s spine. Sometimes a picture of something utterly chaotic is enough to do the job. Today, we have put quite a few of such pictures on a list for you to marvel at. So, if you feel like browsing some rather bizarre images, scroll down to view some of the best posts shared by the ‘Chaotic Foods’ Instagram account and enjoy the torture.

So many things in the kitchen can lead to chaos: a recipe gone wrong, a yeast dough expanding to the size of Wisconsin, or turning on a blender with a lid that hasn’t been put on properly. Not to mention the instances of culinary improv that don’t always turn out to be ‘Master Chef’-like creations.

Whether they’re eyeballing it or following a recipe step by step, quite a few people seem to enjoy—or feel compelled to—cooking at home. According to a survey carried out by Kitchen Infinity, the vast majority of Americans cook at home at least once a week, whether they like it or not; roughly a third do it once or twice, nearly 40%—three to five times a week, and one-in-four of them cook five or more times in the seven day period.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I just love how serious the face on the guy watching this is.

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Needless to say, the meals people cook at home differ with each household, but some dishes are clearly more popular than others, with the staples of American cuisine being hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and mashed potatoes.

But when it comes to chaos in the kitchen, making mashed potatoes is probably not enough for all hell to break loose; a big family dinner might be, though.

Take a Thanksgiving dinner, for instance, which might take up to eight hours to prepare, if working on one’s own. The majority of people tend to celebrate the occasion surrounded by five to ten people, based on 2023 data, so, considering the amount of food that is needed to feed so many hungry mouths, it’s understandable that the kitchen might look as if a hurricane has passed through it at the end of the day.

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Another food-related endeavor that’s likely to result in chaos in one form or another is dessert making. Unless you’re a professional confectioner or someone very skilled at that or baking, chances are you’ve gone through quite a few unsuccessful tries yourself. (I know I have, as, back in the day, it was how I learned firsthand what happens when you try to bake a pie in a plastic bowl.)

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You don’t have to look too far to see what I mean; a quick online search of “cake fails” would result in an abundance of pictures of chaotic desserts. We have covered quite a few of them here at Bored Panda, so if you're up for a good laugh or seeking reasons to feel better about your own dessert, browse the funniest cake fails or view these cases of ‘Expectations Vs Reality’.

Whether it results in something chaotic or not, people seem to be more inclined to cooking and baking during the holiday season.

But one period in time has encouraged them to familiarize themselves with the whisk and other utensils and appliances even more, and that’s the pandemic. Statistics reveal that many people decided to give baking a go during the lockdown, 30% of whom say they have developed new skills.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Pain itself & Cheddar".....with "Nor is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain", "hydrogen storage research". Just bizarre....

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While baking was seemingly booming a couple years ago during the pandemic, the food-related trends didn’t stop there. Nowadays, ‘Chaos Cooking’ seems to be all the rage; or at least it is on social media. According to the Huffington Post, the hashtag #ChaosCooking has accumulated roughly 1.6 million views on TikTok and thousands more on Instagram.

Referring to combining things that typically wouldn’t go together, chaos cooking is perfect for those who want to let their imagination run wild while cooking, or those who might want to use whatever it is that they have lying around instead of making another trip to the store.

“It’s those few surprise elements that bring the dish to the chaotic level,” Boston-based professional chef Ken Oringer told the Huffington Post.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The lengths some people go to in an attempt to make 'viral' content is nauseating.

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A chef-instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education, Stephen Chavez, seconded the idea that the element of surprise and going the unexpected way is what chaos cooking is all about. He suggested that choosing a core ingredient or flavor can help set the direction for the dish, but it doesn’t have to stick to the conventional recipes or ingredients typically linked to it.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes, remove one tasteless ingredient and you have a horrid heap. Never understood this 'dish'.

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Even though for some people, chaos cooking is throwing ingredients into a pot, as if it was a perpetual stew, Chavez recommended resisting such an urge and cooking them separately. He pointed out that cooking everything at the same time and in the same pan might result in poor textures and a dish of below average quality. “Almost always the pan is overcrowded, the temperature drops, and you end up with a soft, steamed mess instead of a combination of exciting textures and flavors,” he pointed out for Huffington Post.

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Few pictures on this list depict the trend of chaos cooking per se, but they do portray all sorts of chaotic foods, in one way or another. If viewing them is something you enjoy, continue to Bored Panda’s previous edition on ‘Chaotic Foods’; but if you prefer something more eye-candy-like, you might want to opt for pictures of these incredible desserts instead.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Me at subway with the vegetables before they started putting a limit.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Eh, this one doesn't really belong on this list. It's obvious dude wanted to buy (whatever this is) but there were no bags left at the self-serve bakery, so he put it in one of the gloves they sometimes provide to grab the items. Pretty clever, actually.

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