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Re: S/O Proud kitchen moments -- Kitchen disasters
« Reply #240 on: February 17, 2013, 09:37:44 PM »
*snip*
So here are a few of my favorites...

I once blew up a pyrex pan while baking chicken.  And by "blow up" I mean 10 thousand little pieces that also managed to break the glass window in the oven.


That might not have been your doing. There are many reports of the newer Pyrex baking dishes exploding. Did you report that to the CPSC?

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine-archive/2011/january/home-garden/glass-cookware/glass-cookware/index.htm

You can also blow up the old stuff, the stuff that's supposed to be indestructible. I had an old original type Pyrex glass 9x13 baking dish that I always made baklava in at Christmas time. One year, I made the sugar+honey syrup ahead of time so it would be ready - you bake the baklava for an hour at a low temp, then pour the syrup over it, then brown it at higher temp for just a few minutes. But after taking the syrup pan off the burner, I forgot to turn it off. I finished the browning, then set the pan to cool on top of the front and back burners, and the back one was still at the low temp for making the syrup. About 15 minutes later, we heard a massive explosion in the kitchen. I think it took us a couple of hours to clean up and find all of the glass.
1) Ooooh, I lost my mom's favorite pyrex 9x13 dish through the temp flux issue  :-[ ...I don't even remember what I had cooked in it, but I had taken it out of the oven and ran hot water in it in the sink...then switched to cold water - POW. Shattered. At least it did it in the sink. :-\ RIP beloved yellow lasagna pan.  :'( :'( :'(

2) I also consider myself lucky that I didn't start a fire the first time I tried to fry something in oil - I tried to make hush puppies in a regular cooking pot - the oil got really black and smokey. The puppies weren't actually that bad but the clean up was horrible.  :P Some day I am going to save up and buy a little legitimate counter top deep fryer.  ;)
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3) NEAR disaster: I'm putting this here because it is a near mishap involving food and cluelessness: my Dad was trying to clean out the cupboards of misc. foodstuffs. He likes to eat tuna, chicken salad, canned salmon and the like on bread or crackers. He tells me he found an old tin of tuna salad that he's going to eat, probably a gourmet gift from our neighbors who like to travel and send us baskets full of local goodies as thanks for watching their house. I express concern that even canned food has its pull date and he shows me the little container. I confirm the date...but puzzle over not recognizing the brand...it does not have a fish or mermaid as it's logo... ???...in fact the black logo next to the name looks like...
 ???
 :o
 :o :o :o
 ::) >:D
The silhouette of a cat.
It is gourmet cat food, left over from the year our dearly departed feline was given a special present of her own one Christmas.
Me: "Um Dad? You don't want to eat that..."
Dad: "I'm telling you it's still perfectly good-"
Me: *trying not to stroke out from supressed laughter* "Its. Cat. Food."
Dad:  ???      ???      :o   :-[ "*Unrepeatable on eHell!*"
Me: *can't breathe from laughing*

ETA: the funniest story about food I had.
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Re: S/O Proud kitchen moments -- Kitchen disasters
« Reply #241 on: February 18, 2013, 09:10:47 AM »
MIL's Kitchen Disaster.

Salt bean milk and Crullers.  MIL remembers this dish from her childhood as something it took the servants a long time to make.  A while back, we discovered an easy way to do it using soft tofu, chicken broth, scallions and a blender.  We can also get the Crullers in a Chinese grocery so we make it quite often for a winter breakfast. 

On a visit,, we brought the ingredients and made it for MIL.  She liked it and said it was very close to what she remembered so we left her a package of Crullers to keep in the freezer and the recipe.

Rather than use soft tofu, she decided that soy milk would work just as well.  It was a mistake.  Like
many soy milks, the one she used is a little sweet.   This did NOT make a good mix with the soy sauce, sesame oil, pickles and scallions that are usually served with the dish. 

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Re: S/O Proud kitchen moments -- Kitchen disasters
« Reply #242 on: February 18, 2013, 05:13:23 PM »

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2) I also consider myself lucky that I didn't start a fire the first time I tried to fry something in oil - I tried to make hush puppies in a regular cooking pot - the oil got really black and smokey. The puppies weren't actually that bad but the clean up was horrible.  :P Some day I am going to save up and buy a little legitimate counter top deep fryer.  ;)
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We bought a countertop fryer from Wal-Mart for I think $30. It might be a Fry Daddy, I'm not sure. But we love it. Every once in a while we have what we call Fry Days, where we fry up a bunch of different stuff. Chicken, donuts, french fries, pizza rolls, funnel cake, etc etc. It's delicious but not at all healthy, which is why it only happens 3-4 times a year.

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Re: S/O Proud kitchen moments -- Kitchen disasters
« Reply #243 on: February 18, 2013, 05:35:14 PM »
I had my first kitchen disaster in a while the other day.

I started making rice in the usual way, adding rice to cold water and putting it on a fairly high heat to bring it to a boil. So far so good, but then I had a somewhat upsetting phone call, which I took in the living room. About 15 minutes later, I noticed the air was getting a little thick and realized I'd forgotten the rice! I had about a quarter of an inch of absolutely black rice burned to the bottom of my sauce pan!

And the worst part is that I opened a bunch of windows and turned off the heater to try to air out the house and forgot to turn the heater back on before I went to bed! It was 59 degrees the next morning when I realized what I had done!
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Re: S/O Proud kitchen moments -- Kitchen disasters
« Reply #244 on: February 18, 2013, 06:05:40 PM »
Add me to the list of those who have blown up a Pyrex baking dish., but it was entirely due to my own stupidity.

I used to spend Sunday afternoon baking, and was once making a s'more pie and cinnamon buns. When I finished with the chocolate mixture for the pie I forget to turn the burner off, which I discovered about 10 minutes after I pulled the buns out of the oven and placed them on the burner to cool. The smell of burning wafted into the living room, when I went to investigate the syrup on the cinnamon buns was black and boiling up between them. I still don't understand what the heck I was thinking, but I lifted the buns to see how badly burned the bottom of the dish was, and it exploded right as I got it to where I could see under it, spraying burning cinnamon buns, boiling brown sugar syrup and hot glass all over my kitchen, ceiling and down my shirt, where it collected in my bra. Had I not been wearing my glasses I'm sure I'd have been blinded, they were scratched beyond saving and I burned my chest where I couldn't get my clothes off fast enough.

I stood sobbing in the middle of my kitchen for a couple minutes, and spent the next week vacuuming up broken glass and steaming sugar syrup off the counters, tile and ceiling. I never could get the grout and ceiling completely clean.

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Re: S/O Proud kitchen moments -- Kitchen disasters
« Reply #245 on: February 18, 2013, 06:56:42 PM »
Ouch, AustenFan! Scary.
We managed to explode a Pyrex dish once, cooking (expensive) tuna steaks. We (I say we, but it was really DH) accidentally switched the oven over to broil instead of turning it off, left the dish in the oven for a few minutes - so it got super hot - then set it on the room temp glass cooktop. The dish luckily exploded into relatively dull large pieces, so we rinsed the stupid tuna steaks and ate them anyway. Of course, I spent a few days picking fused glass shards off my kitchen rug, but it didn't do too much damage.

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Re: S/O Proud kitchen moments -- Kitchen disasters
« Reply #246 on: February 19, 2013, 10:42:47 PM »
AustenFan's story reminded me of a science class in middle school where we made peanut brittle (not sure if there was any science involved but it was delicious!)

We were heating pans of boiling sugar over the bunsen burners to make the brittle and my friend C decided to check if the sugar was boiling by sticking her finger into the liquid in the pan (It was)

She was neither the first, nor the last student to make a visit to the sickbay that day...  :o


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Re: S/O Proud kitchen moments -- Kitchen disasters
« Reply #249 on: February 22, 2013, 01:13:56 PM »
Hoo boy: http://consumerist.com/2013/02/22/warning-do-not-store-your-glock-and-ammo-in-the-oven/

I have no idea what to say.

For starters:  "DUH!"

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Re: S/O Proud kitchen moments -- Kitchen disasters
« Reply #251 on: February 22, 2013, 03:16:03 PM »
Hoo boy: http://consumerist.com/2013/02/22/warning-do-not-store-your-glock-and-ammo-in-the-oven/

I have no idea what to say.
How about "Why would you heat up the OVEN to make waffles?" ???

Depending on how many people I was serving, I might use the oven to keep them warm.

ETA: "them" being the waffles, not the people...   :-[

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Re: S/O Proud kitchen moments -- Kitchen disasters
« Reply #252 on: February 22, 2013, 03:16:49 PM »
Hoo boy: http://consumerist.com/2013/02/22/warning-do-not-store-your-glock-and-ammo-in-the-oven/

I have no idea what to say.
How about "Why would you heat up the OVEN to make waffles?" ???

Leggo my Eggo?

They may have been Pre-made heat-n-serve waffles, and either there wasn't a toaster/countertop oven available, or they were making a whole bunch. My guess anyway.
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Re: S/O Proud kitchen moments -- Kitchen disasters
« Reply #253 on: February 22, 2013, 03:24:58 PM »

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Re: S/O Proud kitchen moments -- Kitchen disasters
« Reply #254 on: February 22, 2013, 11:03:29 PM »
Hoo boy: http://consumerist.com/2013/02/22/warning-do-not-store-your-glock-and-ammo-in-the-oven/

I have no idea what to say.
How about "Why would you heat up the OVEN to make waffles?" ???

To keep the done waffles warm while you're cooking more?
Maybe.  Never did it that way, since the wafflehounds fuss if I don't put them straight onto a plate for immediate consumption.
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