Cooking—it’s that optional thing that we do when we don’t want to look like lazy good-for-nothings eating cheese and salami straight out of the pack and munching on raw vegetables instead of making a salad. Even cavemen and barbarians were able to cook things well. But even with the help of modern technology, we sometimes end up absolutely butchering our meals and making mega cooking fails.

Prepare your stomachs, dear Readers, for Bored Panda has baked up a feast of the most incredible cooking fails for you to enjoy. Upvote your fave pics and leave a comment about the times you messed up while cooking. Psst. We’ve got more epic cooking fails for you to taste right here, here, and here. Remember to chew well and take your time. Patience and focus have a lot to do with success in the kitchen (and in life, but that’s another story). If you’re distracted or running around like a headless chicken then odds are, you’ll make a ton of mistakes. Before you know it, your spaghetti’s on fire. Or worse—it’s fallen straight inside your shoes. Don’t believe us? Scroll on down.

Pie artist and baking and cooking pro Jessica Clark-Bojin was kind enough to give Bored Panda a few great tips and tricks to help all of us out in the kitchen and prevent massive disasters from happening. "Kitchen 'mistakes' can range from the catastrophic, 'I forgot the pot roast in the oven and now the kitchen is on fire' to the more benign, 'I accidentally put paprika in the cookies instead of cinnamon', but in most instances, they stem from the same thing: distraction and a lack of preparation." Read on for her delicious insights into avoiding kitchen mistakes.

#1

We Tried To Make "Ladybug Rolls"

We Tried To Make "Ladybug Rolls"

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Edo Alva
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7 months ago

Doomsday is that you?

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#2

Tonight Was Foreign Culture Night In My House So I Decided To Cook A Traditional Dish From Pompeii

Tonight Was Foreign Culture Night In My House So I Decided To Cook A Traditional Dish From Pompeii

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Socat
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7 months ago

Ahahah ! I love that title x)

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#3

Sausage Rolls

Sausage Rolls

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Foxxy (The Original)
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7 months ago

Some are growers and some are showers.

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Jessica pointed out that anyone who wants to improve in the kitchen should start by taking some time to think about and picture in their mind all the steps before diving in and starting to bake or cook. That way, you can avoid slip ups, blunders, and setting your entire kitchen aflame.

"Make sure you have all the ingredients you need before you start baking. Work 'mis-en-place' and have all the bowls, spoons, tools, etc. cleaned and out on the counter ready for you. Measure out dry ingredients in advance, and (if called for) portion out wet ingredients and chill in the fridge. Clean up pots and pans while your mixture bakes," Jessica shared.

#4

I Was Making Home Made Chicken Stock. After Simmering For Hours, The Recipe Said To Pour It Through A Strainer. God Damn It

I Was Making Home Made Chicken Stock. After Simmering For Hours, The Recipe Said To Pour It Through A Strainer. God Damn It

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
7 months ago

I would have been absolutely devastated.

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#5

Yikes

Yikes

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Truth Monster
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7 months ago

You have the Cobblernomicon.

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#6

My Friend Made A “Hedgehog” For Her 14-Year-Old Son’s Birthday

My Friend Made A “Hedgehog” For Her 14-Year-Old Son’s Birthday

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Raine Soo
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7 months ago

That cake is scarring.

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According to the pie expert, it's hard to make mistakes if you follow these steps. Or, at the very least, following them will mean that you'll catch any mistakes before they become really big issues. "Taking the few extra minutes to prep will give you a lovely stress-free baking experience!"

Jessica also shared that everyone in her family cooks, but they all have different dietary preferences. So tasting food can be a challenge. "We have family members who are vegetarian, vegan, celiac (and just plain fussy) and it’s not always possible for the cook to taste what they are making for everyone else. But you can always bring in a pinch-taster and get a second opinion!"

#7

Husband Tried To Make A Dolphin For My Cocktail. It's The Cutest Eel I've Ever Seen

Husband Tried To Make A Dolphin For My Cocktail. It's The Cutest Eel I've Ever Seen

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

Wrong end of the banana.

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#8

My Sister Made Some French Fries

My Sister Made Some French Fries

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
7 months ago

More like french fires. Easy mistake to make.

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#9

Creepy Pancake

Creepy Pancake

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

The one on the right is great for Halloween. I love the purple grin.

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Other professionals echo Jessica's advice, too. Katie Workman from the Associated Press writes that we should all read through recipes all the way through ahead of time so that we can get all the ingredients that we need. What’s more, we’ll be well prepared for any time-consuming surprises in advance.

You should also get all of your ingredients ready before you start cooking. After all, if you’re supposed to be sauteing your veggies but you’re still chopping your bell peppers while your mushrooms are already frying, you might end up with a weird mix of under and over-cooked food.

Finally, keep in mind that seasoning makes all the difference to the taste of the dish. So add a pinch of salt and pepper here and there from time to time. During prep. In the middle of cooking. Right before serving. Try to find the balance between overseasoning and utter blandness. Oh, and remember to sharpen your knives!

#10

Someone Left A Bread Pudding In The Back Of The Oven For 5 Days. So Here Is My New Pet Rock, Charlie

Someone Left A Bread Pudding In The Back Of The Oven For 5 Days. So Here Is My New Pet Rock, Charlie

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

Charlie has seen things.

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#11

My Apple Broke The Apple Cutter And Now I Have A Weapon

My Apple Broke The Apple Cutter And Now I Have A Weapon

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
7 months ago

Who needs a throwing star when you have an apple of death.

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#12

Friend Sent Me This. Composition: "Dad Tried To Make Wine"

Friend Sent Me This. Composition: "Dad Tried To Make Wine"

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Lou
Community Member
7 months ago

Looks more like, "Dad tried to murder everyone in the family"

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#13

My Night After Work

My Night After Work

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Stimpy
Community Member
7 months ago

Sir, that is not how you are normally supposed to serve this

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#14

Found The Spoon, Honey

Found The Spoon, Honey

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Joel Lawrence
Community Member
7 months ago

You arent the little spoon, are you?

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#15

Go To Make Pasta, The First Pot Slips And I Pour It All On The Ground. Make A Second Pot And The Handle Straight Up Breaks And My Pasta Goes Everywhere. Didn't Eat; Had A Lil Cry

Go To Make Pasta, The First Pot Slips And I Pour It All On The Ground. Make A Second Pot And The Handle Straight Up Breaks And My Pasta Goes Everywhere. Didn't Eat; Had A Lil Cry

Not to mention that firstly I came home late from work and drop my open sandwich in the parking lot. 

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Eve L.
Community Member
7 months ago

Not your day, I guess...

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#16

Boiled An Egg This Morning And I Think Something Went Horribly Wrong

Boiled An Egg This Morning And I Think Something Went Horribly Wrong

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S.
Community Member
7 months ago

Rapunzel, let down your hair!

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#17

I'll Never Be Someone's Bride

I'll Never Be Someone's Bride

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Eve L.
Community Member
7 months ago

What the hell is this supposed to be?

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#18

Thought You Guys Might Like This Pie I Baked

Thought You Guys Might Like This Pie I Baked

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Darko Pešić
Community Member
7 months ago

I do, looks awesome for Haloween :D

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#19

So My Wife Grilled Corn Tonight. For 2 1/2 Hours

So My Wife Grilled Corn Tonight. For 2 1/2 Hours

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ML
Community Member
7 months ago

I read my wife killed corn tonight and I thought what an appropriate description

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#20

This Sums Up My Day. Why Isn't My Stock Simmering... It's Been Over An Hour

This Sums Up My Day. Why Isn't My Stock Simmering... It's Been Over An Hour

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

This can happen to anyone. I have turned on the wrong burner a few times. Fortunately, I have never melted a pot.

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#21

I Baked Some Strawberry Cakes In Cat-Shaped Pans, Then Iced Them. They Came Out Looking Like Burn Victims

I Baked Some Strawberry Cakes In Cat-Shaped Pans, Then Iced Them. They Came Out Looking Like Burn Victims

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Blakkur Sverrir
Community Member
7 months ago

You do know, you are not supposed to use live kittens?

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#22

5 Minutes Before Closing After A 12-Hour Shift

5 Minutes Before Closing After A 12-Hour Shift

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MaeRose
Community Member
7 months ago

I'll just sit there and cry my eyes out

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#23

I Tried To Bake

I Tried To Bake

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Sara Rodrigues
Community Member
7 months ago

Oh god, please end its suffering

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#24

This Cake

This Cake

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Lyra Fortune
Community Member
7 months ago

You just need to level it, this happens to every cake

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#25

I Was Told You Guys Might Appreciate This. Made A Pie Today. Dropped A Pie Today

I Was Told You Guys Might Appreciate This. Made A Pie Today. Dropped A Pie Today

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Eve L.
Community Member
7 months ago

It looked so beautiful....

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#26

Bake Bread They Said. An Overnight Rise Will Taste So Good They Said. Put In The Fridge They Said. It's So A Rewarding Hobby They Said

Bake Bread They Said. An Overnight Rise Will Taste So Good They Said. Put In The Fridge They Said. It's So A Rewarding Hobby They Said

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Joel Lawrence
Community Member
7 months ago

Now you can have 5 loaves!!!

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#27

Happy Thanksgiving From My Little Sister's First Ever Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving From My Little Sister's First Ever Turkey

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

It looks like a black toad.

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#28

Guess I Cut It A Little Too Hard

Guess I Cut It A Little Too Hard

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Charlotte Wiltse
Community Member
7 months ago

what the f*ck?? this is a person to be feared

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#29

Broiled Sids

Broiled Sids

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Jody Brown
Community Member
7 months ago

What were they originally?

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#30

Apparently Using A Syringe To Inject The Filling Of A Jelly Bun Doesn't Work That Well

Apparently Using A Syringe To Inject The Filling Of A Jelly Bun Doesn't Work That Well

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Nigel Rodgers
Community Member
7 months ago

It would be useful for Halloween

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#31

My Sister Made My Brother A Birthday Cake

My Sister Made My Brother A Birthday Cake

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

The cake split, but the frosting job is not bad.

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#32

My Submission For Dumbest Way To Injure Yourself: I Burnt My Hand Taking Tomato Soup Out Of The Microwave. The Toast I Was Making Popped Up And It Scared Me

My Submission For Dumbest Way To Injure Yourself: I Burnt My Hand Taking Tomato Soup Out Of The Microwave. The Toast I Was Making Popped Up And It Scared Me

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

The toast was sneaking up on you.

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#33

Tried Cooking A Sweet Potato In My New Air Fryer Today

Tried Cooking A Sweet Potato In My New Air Fryer Today

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wandile dludlu
Community Member
7 months ago

What you have there is a coal. Put that under some meat and have a bbq

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#34

Attempted To Make Flower Pancakes For My Wife As A Mother's Day Surprise But They Ended Up Looking Like Corona Cakes

Attempted To Make Flower Pancakes For My Wife As A Mother's Day Surprise But They Ended Up Looking Like Corona Cakes

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

The effort was appreciated, I am sure.

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#35

This Is What Defeat Looks Like

This Is What Defeat Looks Like

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Truth Monster
Community Member
7 months ago

I feel sorry for her. She looks like this is hitting her hard

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#36

Me: This Tin Should Be Big Enough. Banana Bread: Freedom

Me: This Tin Should Be Big Enough. Banana Bread: Freedom

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

Banana the Hutt.

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#37

Making Some Spaghetti

Making Some Spaghetti

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Danieletc
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

Sure, let a fire burn out of control. Grab a camera, not a fire extinguisher, all for your social media Maybe you cause the baby and 3-YO sister in the apartment upstairs to burn alive. But so what, your LOLz are like, SO worth it, and so much likes!

Softsquatch
Community Member
7 months ago

yeah... this looks like it was done on purpose for likes. sad really.

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CD Mills
Community Member
7 months ago

There is no water in the pan. I wonder if this isn't done on purpose just for the picture.

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
7 months ago

S**t a fire, Forget the fire extinguisher, all you need is a phone and take a photo. That will sort it out quick smart.

Suzanne Clark
Community Member
7 months ago

Has this person never boiled spaghetti before? There is soooo much wrong with this picture.

N G
Community Member
7 months ago

To everyone thinking this idiot is boiling pasta - there is no water in the pan. This would have been a fail on an electric hob. This is *not* boiling anything, this is creatively testing your smoke alarm

Scratch
Community Member
7 months ago

This set up bullcrap needs to be downvoted into oblivion.

Joel Lawrence
Community Member
7 months ago

The cameraman: Just a spaghetti fire, nothing to warn anyone about :>

Valentina Lattante
Community Member
7 months ago

how did you think of cooking spaghetti in that tiny pot? T_T

Banjo Peppers
Community Member
7 months ago

Oh it works fine to cook spaghetti in a small pot. It takes like ten second for it to soften up so you can get the rest of the noodles in. But only if you BOIL THE WATER FIRST. Don’t be like this person and put spaghetti in a waterless pot.

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Vanta Black
Community Member
7 months ago

I just showed this to Gordon Ramsay. He's dead now.

CARMEN FLORES
Community Member
7 months ago

But not before Ramsay got his last rant in..

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Community Member
7 months ago

uh, I think you're supposed to make pasta with water....so this doesn't happen..

Brooke Weber
Community Member
7 months ago

This clearly has no water in the pot. Weirdly done on purpose?

Storm Anne
Community Member
7 months ago

oh yes... step three "kill the pasta with fire"

Allan & Norma Serra
Community Member
7 months ago

I break spaghetti into a bowl of boiling water and cook in the microwave, so never have this (possibly staged) problem.

Heather Menard
Community Member
7 months ago

Where is the water?

BusLady
Community Member
7 months ago

A sacrifice to the gods of pasta?

CincyReds
Community Member
7 months ago

But lets take time out to take a picture before we think about putting GD fire out! Is this what social media had done to everyone? Taking a picture would have been my very last thought.

Helena Tomé
Community Member
7 months ago

That's why I cut them short...😂

Obi Wan Kenobi
Community Member
7 months ago

I made udon without water its like sticky rice but not sticky

pebs
Community Member
7 months ago

Very, very intelligent.

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
7 months ago

The Burning Of The North, 2005, Colourized.

Matthew Shawn Pendleton
Community Member
4 months ago

You are not making spaghetti, You are making a mistake.

Carmen Flores
Community Member
5 months ago

This person has no business in the kitchen or handling matches.

Among Us Panda
Community Member
6 months ago

That reminds me of the smoking toilet

Pink Rose
Community Member
7 months ago

That pasta was never gonna fit

Jayden Penzien
Community Member
7 months ago

FFFFFFFFFFFIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRREEEEEEEEEEEEE

SADEY WHEELER
Community Member
7 months ago

welp at least i cant be ashamed of my cooking now (even if it looks like it was done of purpose)

Kathy Smith
Community Member
7 months ago

Yep, fake - not even any water in the pot.

Lynn Biasini McElfresh
Community Member
7 months ago

WATER!! in BIGGER POT.

-AestheticDevil-
Community Member
7 months ago

But why isn't there any water in the pot? It kinda looks staged

Anxious-lesbian-disaster
Community Member
7 months ago

Weres the water...

Amaranthim Talon
Community Member
7 months ago

I am not sure, but I may have read you are supposed to use water in a much larger pot...

Sue Clifford
Community Member
7 months ago

Whoops.

あんぱんまん
Community Member
7 months ago

I donnt even want to know how this crime took place and how someone made this work.... 😭😭😭

Ashley Wright
Community Member
7 months ago

Pot too small. Not enough water. Too much pasta. Cooking 101.

CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
7 months ago

That is one way to do it.

ALANNA M POINDEXTER
Community Member
7 months ago

how

Mats Fagerkull
Community Member
7 months ago

Almost as Good äs the wife to one of the contestants i Masterchef UK who supposedly manage to set Water on fire when making tea. That was the Reading the contestant had started learning cooking

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
7 months ago

Yeah, you're an idiot. I'm not surprised by the outcome.

Josey Griffin
Community Member
7 months ago

Your supposed to add water

okpkpkp
Community Member
7 months ago

Stir it a bit so it doesn't stick together.

Colleen Hindson
Community Member
7 months ago

Well, the pan is too small for starters. Was there even any water in it?

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

Not even centered on the flame, no water , not even in the pan, your insurance should go to the moon!

Margareta Hagman
Community Member
7 months ago

in a dry pan !???

Sandy J Renfroe
Community Member
7 months ago

Halloween spaghetti

Emyo Jennifer Nakayama
Community Member
7 months ago

Gotta add a little more water there...

Nathan Applegate
Community Member
7 months ago

You’re supposed to pour water in the pot BEFORE you put in the spaghetti.

Marsha Sturgill
Community Member
7 months ago

I think you might want to add some water next time.

Renée Rachel Yuen
Community Member
7 months ago

Why you put it on a small pan?

eezycheezes101
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

Omg that's literally sooooooo me.

DetongLhamo
Community Member
7 months ago

My skill level. Why I don’t cook. That and being lazy.

Quazmodic
Community Member
7 months ago

Proof that carbs are a source of quick but destructive energy.lol ;)

Mari Bryant
Community Member
7 months ago

It takes great skill to set something on fire that's in a pot of water.

Mary Hurst
Community Member
7 months ago

Some people need to stick to take out.

sam thecat
Community Member
7 months ago

Stupid and lame to take photo.

Steve Barker
Community Member
7 months ago

Mmmm......

Steven Meyer
Community Member
7 months ago

Bigger pot, more water

Ainsley Hallum
Community Member
7 months ago

I did not know you could push pause on life, where is that button?

Lorem Ipsum
Community Member
7 months ago

With a pot that small, I'd recommend breaking the pasta in half and using less of it. Also, most chefs recommend not setting spaghetti on fire, it messes with the flavor.

未周 陸
Community Member
7 months ago

Spaghetti ... Flambé?! LOL

Patty Leaton
Community Member
7 months ago

Flaming spaghettis

Uchman
Community Member
7 months ago

That pot is much too small for that amount of pasta. Maybe this was staged anyway

Lydia Coy
Community Member
7 months ago

How

Ms.GB
Community Member
7 months ago

Who doesn't know how to boil pasta?

Joshua Shalet
Community Member
7 months ago

I like fire. It's a win

German Rottweiler#16
Community Member
7 months ago

omigod, so cool!!!!

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#38

I Tried To Make A Cake With A Lobster Shaped Dish

I Tried To Make A Cake With A Lobster Shaped Dish

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

I think the mold makes the cake come out like that on purpose.

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#39

When All I Want To Do Is Make Spaghetti, But All Signs Point To It Not Happening

When All I Want To Do Is Make Spaghetti, But All Signs Point To It Not Happening

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Dana Grunwald
Community Member
7 months ago

Looks very .... crispy!

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#40

Well I Tried

Well I Tried

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

You made a yellow Barney cake.

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#41

Birthday Cake Attempt This Weekend

Birthday Cake Attempt This Weekend

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

Did it taste good, at least?

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#42

I Was Making Thai Basil Chicken Then I Turned Around For A Minute And My Brother Put Blue Food Dye In It. He’s 19

I Was Making Thai Basil Chicken Then I Turned Around For A Minute And My Brother Put Blue Food Dye In It. He’s 19

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Stimpy
Community Member
7 months ago

Looks like smurf puke

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#43

Forgot To Set A Timer Boiling Eggs. The Sound Of Them Exploding Reminded Me

Forgot To Set A Timer Boiling Eggs. The Sound Of Them Exploding Reminded Me

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Stimpy
Community Member
7 months ago

Sir, I think you are supposed to use water...

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#44

Still Looking For An Answer On How This Happens

Still Looking For An Answer On How This Happens

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Jody Brown
Community Member
7 months ago

How the hell?

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#45

What My Brother Was Trying To Make vs. What He Actually Made

What My Brother Was Trying To Make vs. What He Actually Made

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Sian Edwards
Community Member
7 months ago

Someone finally killed Barney the dinosaur!

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#46

A Beast Cheesecake

A Beast Cheesecake

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Eve L.
Community Member
7 months ago

Oh no, it looked so tasty!

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#47

Asked My Boyfriend To Bake The Croissants For Our Dinner

Asked My Boyfriend To Bake The Croissants For Our Dinner

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S.
Community Member
7 months ago

Break it into littler triangular pieces and... have a nachos night?

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#48

Black Bean "Burrito" My Roommate Made With Rice Paper. He Was Out Of Tortillas And Said "I Didn't Think It Would Look Like That"

Black Bean "Burrito" My Roommate Made With Rice Paper. He Was Out Of Tortillas And Said "I Didn't Think It Would Look Like That"

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

This is quite funny. I didn't expect them to look like segments of a large instestine either.

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#49

My Mom Wanted A Cherry Pie. After Making One From Scratch I Dropped It On My Way To Deliver To Her Porch

My Mom Wanted A Cherry Pie. After Making One From Scratch I Dropped It On My Way To Deliver To Her Porch

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ML
Community Member
7 months ago

What did she ever do to you?

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#50

My Own Invention: Eggplant With A Side Of Melted Knife

My Own Invention: Eggplant With A Side Of Melted Knife

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Romenriel
Community Member
7 months ago

We have this knife at home, it's a cr*p anyway.

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