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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#1

Can You Use A Colander For Soup?

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.

catsmash , goblinbox_ Report

#2

Adding An Egg Mid-Cooking Among Semi-Cooked Ones

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

Ok_Specific6904 , liz west Report

Jo Johannsen
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Your heart was in the right place. 😀

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#3

Misplacin' The Bacon

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.

okokimup , Pat & Keri Report

kathryn stretton
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I once roasted a lettuce and found the chicken in the salad drawer in the fridge. Goodness knows what my brain was doing.

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#4

Adding Cinnamon To Cinnamon Unfriendly Dishes

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.

DrCalamity , Peiyi Report

Zophra
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In a rush I have mixed up cinnamon and cayenne spice jars. There was no going back - only throwing out.

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#5

Eggs Benedict Without The Eggs

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

shigglewiggle , malcolm-fs Report

#6

Making Hot Chocolate Using Five Spice Mix

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.

HappyScripting , John Ong Report

M O'Connell
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

5-spice powder makes fantastic molasses-spice cookies though.

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#7

Always Forgetting The Rice

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.

tanksmiley , gamene Report

Nubis Knight
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Since I've got a rice cooker it's easier to remember cooking the rice.

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#8

Dumping Shrimp Straight In The Garbage Can, No Cooking Required!

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

Crunchy-Banter , IndyDina with Mr. Wonderful Report

Catarina
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Put paper towels in the washer and plates in the Trash...more than once

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#9

Explosive Lasagna

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.

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Zophra
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

But the lasagna...nooooooo!!!!!!

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#10

Using Coconut Flour For Regular Bread

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.

LyrraKell , Julie Magro Report

Kelzbelz79
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Never heard of coconut flour before but my mission now is to aquire some ,mistake for you- new thing to try for me.

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#11

Grabbing Red-Hot Dishes Straight From The Oven With Your Bare Hands

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.

kdfsjljklgjfg , Thomas van de Weerd Report

Samantha
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I always leave the potholder on or beside the dish as a reminder that it's hot. Usually works.

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#12

Greasing The Pan With Bug Spray

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).

eilonwyhasemu , Ben Paulos Report

#13

Using A Colander To Strain Linguine

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.

Beginning_Low_4385 , lisaclarke Report

Jo Johannsen
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's why I have two colanders, regular and mesh - and both stainless steel.

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#14

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.

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#15

Potato Chocolate

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.

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Potty pagan panda
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I really wouldn’t want to taste that

LuckyL
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I know so many cake recepies that use sunflower oil.

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Nora Petricien
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What do you mean used oil ? what ???

Darlene V
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Some people reuse oil if it's clean (no debris) after use. They save it and use it again. Restaurants reuse oil every day.

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Shelby P
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7 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I accidentally did this to some brownies which I fed to my niece, who is vegetarian. Couldn't actually taste the difference but it did give her a tummy ache, poor thing. I blame my mother who liked to keep used vege oil in the first place. Not something I do.

Mtg Wolfie
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Know whats easier? Boxed cake mix, + 1 can (12oz) of soda. The cake will taste like a mix. My favorite is lemon cake with a local crafted blueberry soda. Turns the cake green (perfect for a Halloween zombie cake), and tastes like blue berry lemon heads.

Cat Girl
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I kinda wanna taste it bc now I’m curious, but under the condition that there is an undo button so I can un-taste it.

Jason Cullen
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I mean, lamb is delicious though

Lopez, Laura
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How do you accidentally use used vegetable oil? Do people really keep their vegetable oil after use somewhere that would be easy to mistake for the new?

TJ Farrell
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Tbh chocolate covered potatos don't sound half bad, but not like that.

Sue Denham
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Mmmmm, dessert and main course in one. Very time savey.

Veronica Vatter
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7 months ago

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Nikole
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When I was maybe ten I saw an open can of cherry filling in the kitchen, dipped my finger in, and took a lick. It was used oil from my dad's dinner earlier that evening.

Madre_Dr4gnZFly
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Somebody somewhere would like that. Not me, but somebody.

Mick Casey
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That is why we use grapeseed oil

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#16

Putting Sugar Into The Flour Container

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

Boo_baby1031 , Jonatan Svensson Glad Report

Laura Watts
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was making my daughter sone medicine in juice as she doesn't like the taste and poured the juice into a full medicine bottle husband laughs at me then does the same thing 3 weeks later - we need more sleep lol

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#17

Use Powdered Sugar Instead Of Flour, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?!

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.

RudeCamel , Laurel L. Russwurm Report

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#18

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.

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#19

Fried Pan Toast

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.

jbeth74 , Anna Report

#20

Pouring Vanilla Extract Into A Salad

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.

BunnyEruption , Rose Report

Benita Valdez
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My sister mistook anise extract for almond extract; really gross cookies

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#21

Skin Lotion In Soup

Skin Lotion In Soup squirted skin lotion into the soup

put coffee in the dishwasher detergent dish

StickyCarpet , Shawn Campbell Report

BasedWang12
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

get this person the f**k outta the kitchen... or .. or wherever they were

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#22

This Bit Of Equipment Is Not Designed For This Purpose, Mam

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

DefrockedWizard1 , Mike Mozart Report

Adrian
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Did something similar - used the Vitamix plunger without the lid and, yes, those suckers are expensive!

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#23

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

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tom
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

consider your self lucky, my boy put a plastic bottle of rice milk in the microwave for 10 minutes instead of ten seconds, expanded, exploded, the microwave fell to the floor...one hot mess

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#24

Who Knew Garlic Powder Is Not A Good Substitute For Cinnamon?

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

madjerz23 , voyagevixen2 Report

#25

Problems With Soy And Worcesterhire Sauce Bottles

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.

ClementineCoda , IndyDina with Mr. Wonderful Report

Rachel Ainsworth
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Soy sauce and worcester sauce can sucessfully substitute for each other in gravy although the flavor will be slightly different.

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#26

Why Does This Flour Taste So Sweet?

Was making homemade cheese sauce for mac/cheese and accidentally used powdered sugar instead of flour

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Stephanie A Mutti
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ahh my MIL did same with potatoes au gratin but it was really good. 10/10 would make again

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#27

How About Some Nut Grey Tea?

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.

ExtremeBaker , Micah Sittig Report

Catarina
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Só ...washing your NUTS in the morning...sounds about right 🤔

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#28

Uncooked Chickpeas And Hummus Don't Mix

Uncooked Chickpeas And Hummus Don't Mix Started blending my hummus with soaked but uncooked chickpeas. 3/10, would not repeat.

fire_loon , kbxxus Report

#29

60 Grams Of Salt Added With A Whole Lot Of Regret

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.

Meri_Stormhood , vic15 Report

Rachel Ainsworth
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I once added salt instead of sugar in croissants. For some reason the dough didn't rise.

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#30

Using Baking Soda Instead Of Corn Starch

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.

JHunz , yancy9 Report

Alex Boyd
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

my sister did the opposite recently, making corn bread. It tasted pretty normal but had the approximate density of a neutron star. I suggested that maybe her baking soda had lost its oomph, so she got it out to check. She came back with two very-similar-looking containers, and said, "I think I know what happened."

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