I thought today might be the perfect day to talk about kitchen failures and what they mean for us home cooks. The kitchen can be an intimidating place. If you don’t have much experience, how do you even begin to learn? Where do you start?
This is where learning from failure becomes invaluable. I’m not perfect, and I’m certainly not perfect in the kitchen. I’ve had MANY kitchen failures over the years. What keeps me going? I LOVE cooking and baking. That’s the #1 reason that I keep coming back – sometimes for more “punishment.” Do you know what the BEST part is? You learn from your mistakes, and you get BETTER. In fact, there’s an entire TV show dedicated to this very subject:
So, without further ado, check out my worst (documented) kitchen failures!
1. Graham Cracker Crust with Water as a Binder
I got this recipe from a women’s fitness magazine. The article was about lightening up traditional desserts. It turns out that graham cracker crust won’t stick together without a little fat as a binder.
2. Sugarless Chocolate Mousse
This recipe was a good idea in theory, but it just tasted like a savory cream with a hint of chocolate flavor.
3. Rhubarb Muffins
We forgot to add the sugar. Sweet muffins don’t taste sweet without sugar.
4. “Cheesecake” with Chocolate “Crusts”
Apparently melted chocolate is hard to get out of a mini-muffin tin. Good idea in theory, but these “crusts” don’t actually hold together.
5. Apricot Granola Bars
Don’t use old 7-grain cereal as an ingredient. It tastes a little funny and stale.
What’s your worst kitchen failure? Let us know in the comments section!
Crystal is the founder of Simply Playful Fare. She has been in the kitchen for as long as she can remember. She has a degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing.