30 Times Folks Online Messed Up A Meal In The Most Entertaining Way Possible For Unexplainable Reasons
One of the biggest, yet in some ways most beautiful, things about humans is that we err. Yep, mistakes make us unique and beautiful and while we ought to avoid them, we shouldn’t feel bad if they happen.
And some of the most entertaining mistakes we can make are those very temporary mental lapses in reasoning the way we ought to—brain farts. They happen, they’re unavoidable, so why not have some fun with them?
A Redditor by the nickname of u/BeauteousMaximus recently paid a visit to the r/Cooking subreddit with an open question urging people to share their biggest “brain farts” in cooking, and sharing how they themselves tried to make a cup of pour-over coffee into an upside-down mug.
And folks were eager to share their unexplainable cooking mishaps, making the post gain some modest attention with nearly 4,600 upvotes and over 2,700 comments.
We’ve siphoned the best responses to the call to share and created a lovely curated list below, so check it out, vote on the cooking disasters you laughed at the most, and why not share your own stories in the comment section below!
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Can You Use A Colander For Soup?
made an absolutely gorgeous vegetable stock from scratch using scraps i'd been collecting & freezing for weeks & lots of beautiful fresh herbs. poured it into a colander and - yep, straight down the f******g drain. all of it. my brain forgot it was the liquid i was saving, not the colander bulls**t.
i immediately just sat down, bump, on the kitchen floor, & contemplated my life choices for a while.
Adding An Egg Mid-Cooking Among Semi-Cooked Ones
Lololol so one time, I was boiling eggs in the morning, and one of them cracked while in the pan, so I scooped that one out. Then I added another egg in and I was like “I’ll just leave that one in a little bit longer” AS IF I WAS GONNA BE ABLE TO TELL THEM APART
Misplacin' The Bacon
Was really upset when I couldn't find my leftover bacon to have for breakfast. Found it the next day in the knife drawer.
Adding Cinnamon To Cinnamon Unfriendly Dishes
Was making a stock in a pressure cooker at 2 am, accidentally dumped a couple cinnamon sticks into it for unfathomable reasons.
It was godawful. Smelled like Santa had passed at a chicken restaurant.
Eggs Benedict Without The Eggs
Bruh I made eggs Benedict on Christmas and spent so much effort getting the hollandaise sauce right I totally forgot to poach eggs and served an English muffin with sauce
Making Hot Chocolate Using Five Spice Mix
My gf wanted a hot chocolate and asked me if I could get her one, while I get my coffee.
I took the bag with chinese five spices mix and mixed it with milk. I do know that this bag contains five spices and not cocoa, because it's my only plastic bag in that shelf and it it's written on it, but my brain was like 'brown powder - close enough'.
She didn't like it.
Always Forgetting The Rice
Sooooo many times when I’m making a dish served over rice I forget to start the rice until I’m almost finished cooking. Then have to keep the food warm while I wait for rice to cook. Face palm every time.
Dumping Shrimp Straight In The Garbage Can, No Cooking Required!
Went to drain some shrimp that I thawed at work. Had the strainer setup over the sink, garbage next to me to toss the bag in. Cut the bag open and dumped the shrimp right in the garbage
I once left a glass pan with lasagna on my electric stove, covering the back 2 burners. I then decided to make tea, put the kettle on the front burner, but turned on the wrong one. Walked away, but a few minutes later the lasagna pan exploded, covering my kitchen in tiny glass shrapnel.
Using Coconut Flour For Regular Bread
Used coconut flour instead of bread flour for a loaf of bread--that didn't go so well.
I also deep fried a pot holder once. I don't even know what was going on in my brain on that one.
Grabbing Red-Hot Dishes Straight From The Oven With Your Bare Hands
I very frequently pull things out of the oven and forget that they're stupid hot because they are no longer in the hot place.
Greasing The Pan With Bug Spray
Greased the pan for rice krispy treats with bug spray rather than cooking spray. Fortunately, I realized before serving them to anyone (but not after filling the pan, so I had to run to the supermarket for more ingredients).
Using A Colander To Strain Linguine
I used a colander to strain my linguine, but the holes were bigger than the pasta so it all went through and fell into my sink.
Graham Cracker Clams Casino
My father grabbed the ground up Graham Crackers instead of the bread crumbs for clams casino. You DO NOT want to eat Graham Cracker Clams Casino.
When I was a teen I accidentally put used vegetable oil in a packet chocolate cake mix. Cake tasted like baked potatoes and lamb with a hint of chocolate.
Putting Sugar Into The Flour Container
I was making pancakes and put the two tablespoons of sugar into the container that holds my flour rather than the pancake bowl
Use Powdered Sugar Instead Of Flour, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?!
Spent a bunch of time making filet mignon with an herb and Cabernet gravy out of the leftover fat in the pan and on the final bit of thickening the gravy, I added powdered sugar instead of flour.
Cooking Plastic For 9 Hours
I once slow cooked a large ham for 9 hours, came to get it out and it was still wrapped up in its plastic.
Fried Pan Toast
I was making French toast for too many people and forgot to dip a batch in the egg stuff…. Enjoy your pan fried toast.
Pouring Vanilla Extract Into A Salad
I accidentally started to pour vanilla extract in salad dressing instead of vinegar.
I guess it's not the stupidest mistake since it was clear imitation vanilla extract in a bottle that looked extremely similar to the vinegar, and I realized pretty quickly and only put a tiny bit in, but after tasting it out of curiosity, I have to say that the flavor was certainly... memorable. It turns out that vanilla can taste amazingly horrible in savory stuff.
Skin Lotion In Soup
squirted skin lotion into the soup
put coffee in the dishwasher detergent dish
This Bit Of Equipment Is Not Designed For This Purpose, Mam
I once used my blender plunger to push something into the food processor.
Those replacement plastic plungers are surprisingly expensive
20 Minutes, 20 Seconds, What's The Difference?
I accidentally put a plastic jar of peanut butter in the microwave for 20 minutes instead of 20 seconds. Came back to a molten puddle
Who Knew Garlic Powder Is Not A Good Substitute For Cinnamon?
I once made a yogurt parfait and sprinkled garlic powder on top instead of cinnamon. Such a dumb mistake when I was in a rush lol
Problems With Soy And Worcesterhire Sauce Bottles
I've done the gravy thing, total duh moment.
Soy Sauce and Worcesterhire bottles sometimes have a pour spout when you uncap them and sometimes they don't. I've made messes a few times by not checking before pouring. most recently I put half a bottle of soy sauce into my soup.
Sometimes I lose count of how much flour I've already measured and have to re-measure it, which is odd because I bake often, sometimes I just totally blank.
Why Does This Flour Taste So Sweet?
Was making homemade cheese sauce for mac/cheese and accidentally used powdered sugar instead of flour
How About Some Nut Grey Tea?
I used to have a bowl of oatmeal and nuts with a jasmin tea for breakfast. I chopped the nuts and poured them in the tea cup that was full of boiling water.
Uncooked Chickpeas And Hummus Don't Mix
Started blending my hummus with soaked but uncooked chickpeas. 3/10, would not repeat.
60 Grams Of Salt Added With A Whole Lot Of Regret
I was deep in thought when I realized I added 60g of salt into the pan.
Using Baking Soda Instead Of Corn Starch
A few different times while making sauces, my brain has entirely turned off and I've grabbed the baking soda instead of the cornstarch to thicken them.
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