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Old 05-08-2008, 04:21 PM   #71
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My worst was when I decided to bake a cake from scratch for my son's first birthday. (Actually several small cakes and different sizes of cupcakes to make the Baby Einstein caterpillar.) I used the wrong measuring spoon and put in twice as much baking powder and baking soda as I was supposed to. I was up all night cleaning the oven. I made a second attempt the morning of the party, with better results, except that they didn't have time to fully cool before I had to frost them and the frosting got all melty and drippy.


For his second birthday, the control panel on the oven shorted out the day before his party and I had to bring the cakes to a friend's house to bake them. I shudder to think what will happen this year.
OMG, I'm sorry to laugh but a disaster in the oven that looked like that was a weekly occurrence in my house for years!!! I know how long it takes to clean that up, girlfriend. You must love your son very much.
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Old 05-08-2008, 04:28 PM   #72
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I burnt down 8million dollar restaurant.
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Thanks for the lung cleaning!


I think the worst 'disaster' was putting too much oregano in the eggs. Maybe I think that because my friend still ribs me about it 20 + years later.

Then there was the time I was making a broth and let the pan run dry. Had to toss the pan.

Then there was the time I sterilized dirt in the oven ... worked but golly it stunk!

I got it! The worst disaster in my kitchen was when I allowed Wife to replace the old Centurian range with a more modern unit.
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Old 05-08-2008, 04:41 PM   #73
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as a teen i blew up my mom's pressure-cooker. i put rice in it. must have put to much. it blew the little thing that jiggled in one direction and the lid in another. and rice on the ceiling. what a mess.

i have not used a pressure cooker since. lol



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Old 05-11-2008, 04:15 PM   #74
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When I was 15 I tried to make my Mom's breakfast gravy.
It was not pretty..kinda like a scene from that old horror movie The Blob. It just kept getting bigger and bigger.

Luckily I have since mastered her gravy.
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Old 05-16-2008, 09:28 AM   #75
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how NOT to steam vegetables

ok so not quite a "disater' but almost

last night I was trying to steam some carrots and potatoes for a curry dish I was making and I set my large stock pot with water in the bottom on the stove and next to it I sat the veggies in the steaming basket (in this particular pot you need to put he steamer insert in the pasta insert) next to it.

A bit later I wondered why I heard all ths noise but the water was not steaming up yet then I realized... I turned on the WRONG burner ... the one my insterts were staged on so my veggies were cooking suspended directly over the burner (on high) and my poor pasta insert was charred

opps at least I realized before anything bad happened but I think my pasta insert is permanently discolored.
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Old 05-19-2008, 07:56 PM   #76
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Age 10: I wanted to make popcorn on the stovetop. So I put a saucepan of canola oil on the stove. And being ten, forgot about it...


... until I saw the reflected glow of the 8' tall tower of flame licking the ceiling.

Well, thankfully I was a SMART ten, smothered the flame with a baking sheet, and threw the pot into a deep snowbank outside. It was still hot enough to melt thru and kill the grass underneath.

Took a few YEARS to clean the soot out of that saucepan. Still using it, though!
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Old 05-19-2008, 08:04 PM   #77
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By the way, did I ever tell you about the time I dropped a whole 5 lb. bag of flour in the kitchen floor just as I was finishing up cooking supper for company?
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Old 05-19-2008, 08:30 PM   #78
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This disaster is under the heading of "you should have seen it coming"....
It was the very early 90's, and I'd recently started my first position in a professional kitchen.
I was given the task of making buttercream icing. I was taught how to use the giant hobart mixer. I whipped about 10 pounds of butter with a bit of vanilla till it was soft and tripled in volume.
Then I added the appropriate amount of 10X.
Then I neglected to lower the speed of the mixer from 3 to 1.
A split second later it occurred to me that I should have added the 10X in stages.
Then I turned it on.
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After the sugar settled (on every piece of equipment in a 10' radius, not to mention on me, as well) the other, more experienced staff members simply looked at me and said "it sux to be you, right now". It took me half an hour to clean up the mess.

You cannot make this stuff up, I say
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Old 05-19-2008, 08:45 PM   #79
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This disaster is under the heading of "you should have seen it coming"....
It was the very early 90's, and I'd recently started my first position in a professional kitchen.
I was given the task of making buttercream icing. I was taught how to use the giant hobart mixer. I whipped about 10 pounds of butter with a bit of vanilla till it was soft and tripled in volume.
Then I added the appropriate amount of 10X.
Then I neglected to lower the speed of the mixer from 3 to 1.
A split second later it occurred to me that I should have added the 10X in stages.
Then I turned it on.
........
.........

After the sugar settled (on every piece of equipment in a 10' radius, not to mention on me, as well) the other, more experienced staff members simply looked at me and said "it sux to be you, right now". It took me half an hour to clean up the mess.

You cannot make this stuff up, I say
Good job, Vera. What'd you do for an encore?
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My worst kitchen disaster had to be "Tacos from Hell" night. We have a skillet that I would keep in the oven when we had people coming for an open house. It was electric oven, so there was no heat. Well, one night I was making tacos and I didn't want to make a huge mess, so instead of making the actual ground beef, I bought the Old El Paso tub of pre-prepared microwaveable taco meat. I preheated the oven, stuck the tub in the microwave and walked away. A few minutes later, I smelled plastic burning. I checked the microwave...nothing...hmmmm...then it dawned on me...OH NO!!! Yes, the oven. There was a plastic case around the skillet that, although was heat resistant for the skillet, it was not heat resistant to the 375F oven. We had a fire in the oven. I closed the door and the fire wouldn't go out...not even with shutting the oven OFF...because we all know it's electric and takes FOREVER to cool. Well, the last option so as NOT to burn the house down was the fire extinguisher. I had a sore throat for a week, yellow powder everywhere, and the realtor was coming to show the house the next day...needless to say, it was a long night and plastic...once cooled...is a pain in the butt to get out of an oven.
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