8 Klutziest Kitchen Mistakes (And How to Fix Them)

8 Klutziest Kitchen Mistakes (And How to Fix Them)
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8 Klutziest Kitchen Mistakes (And How to Fix Them)

Read on for the klutziest kitchen mistakes and how to fix them.

Leaving the Stove On

Oops! Leaving the flame on is a sure way to get an unpleasant smell of gas in the kitchen. Try turning off the stove before you even remove the pot or pan. That way, you won't even have to think about it!

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Leaving the Oven On

If you're removing food from the oven to see if it's cooked, you may be too busy checking on the food to remember to turn the heat off. Try reversing the process and switching off the oven right before taking the dish out so that you won't have to think about it again.

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Spilling Salt in the Dish

There's no easier way to ruin a dish than to over-salt it. If you're very nervous about being a little too heavy-handed with the jar, pour salt into teaspoons over the sink (not over your food) before adding it to your dish.

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Spilling Spice in the Dish

Ever encounter a loose top to a bottle of red pepper flakes and wind up making your food much too spicy? Double check that the lid is screwed on tightly before adding spice to your food. To be extra safe, measure your spices over the sink to avoid accidental spills.

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Forgetting You're Cooking Something

Sometimes when the television is on in the background, it's easy to forget that you're baking muffins or roasting chicken. Keep a timer handy to remind yourself to check your dishes after you leave the kitchen.

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Leaving Out an Ingredient

There's nothing worse than realizing you forgot to pick up a crucial ingredient at the grocery store...mid-meal prep. Read recipes thoroughly before beginning so you don't encounter any surprises. Make a grocery list or write a note on your phone so you don't forget anything.

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Dropping Glassware

Once you've spent all that time making a delicious meal, the last thing you want to do is drop the whole thing on the floor (breaking dishware in the process). For the active parts of cooking, try using plastic, steel and wood items so nothing is likely to break. Handle glassware carefully, and always with dry hands!

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Setting Off the Smoke Detector

Love burnt toast? Then there's a good chance you're well acquainted with your fire alarm by now. Try to catch things before they burn by setting a timer (or changing the settings on your toaster). Always have a step stool handy to deal with the alarm if necessary too.

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We all know who our klutzy friends are. In fact, some of us are totally them! Leaving the oven on long after the food has been removed, spilling most of the salt container into soup, somehow managing to burn water ... the list goes on. Today we celebrate those silly kitchen mistakes (because we've all made them), and we learn how to prevent them from happening!

Check out the slideshow above to see what the klutziest kitchen mistakes are, and how to fix them.

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