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Re: S/O Proud kitchen moments -- Kitchen disasters
« Reply #285 on: June 11, 2013, 09:59:48 PM »
I decided to get myself a sandwich two days ago. The butter in the fridge was rock-solid (normally I let it sit on the counter a while in advance), so I thought I'd microwave it briefly. I've done this before. Unfortunately, the particular brand of butter we happened to have two days ago had aluminium in its wrapper. I didn't realise this until the fireworks started  ::)

Not my finest moment. I cleaned it all up, but felt like an absolute dunce. The butter was taken out of the charred wrapper and is now in a microwave-safe tupperware container.

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Re: S/O Proud kitchen moments -- Kitchen disasters
« Reply #286 on: June 12, 2013, 12:18:47 PM »
OK, so UK based mashed potato advice coming up:

Buy maris piper or King Edward potatoes as a preference (Eddies also roast well), but at a pinch any supermarket bag of white potatoes will do. 

Peel your potatoes and chop into "reasonable" sized pieces - about the same size as a plum is good.  This tends to be eighths for bigger potatoes and quarters for smaller potatoes.  Allow about ten chunks of potato per person (unless they're mashed-potato-aholics like my DH and I, when you increase by at least twice!).  Put into cold water and (as above) rinse rinse rinse. 

Take a saucepan that gives the potatoes enough room to move about - my favourite mashed potato pan has a diameter that is the same size as the gap between my elbow and wrist (it takes 2 US quarts, according to the scale inside it!) (sorry, I can't put my hand on a measuring device at the moment) and put the potatoes in with enough COLD water to cover them by about a centimetre.  This will probably be level with the handle on the pan.  Add a little salt to the water if you want to.  (This is not essential and I usually leave it out).

Put the pan on a high heat until the potatoes start to boil.  This will take about ten minutes or so.  Once you've got a nice rolling boil, put a lid on the pan and turn the heat down to halfway.  Cook the potatoes for a further fifteen minutes or so.

At this point, the potatoes should fall off a fork if pronged.  If they don't, put the lid back on and re-check every minute or so. 

Drain the potatoes.

Mash them roughly (I use a ricer as it's easier with my disabilities but a hand masher works fine if you have the stamina), and add a big splash of milk.  Mix this in with a wooden spoon.  Add a couple of big curls of butter.  Mix again with the wooden spoon.  At this point, you should have a nice smooth, creamy mashed potato.  At this point, add ground black pepper if you want to. 

You can buy Smash (in Morrisons, where I shop, it's in the bit next to the oxo cubes) still - it's definitely improved since the bad old "smash martian" days.

Oh the evil ricer...

Every thanksgiving my lovely stepgrandmother threw a big dinner. With riced potatoes since they are apparently a tradition with their family.

And every year, I mistoke them for rice, spooned some onto my plate, took a bite and got awful, unseasoned, unflavored in any way, potato. And had to keep from making a face. I don't eat gravy so there wasn;t even that to help it go down.

I'm still leary of anything involving the ricer.

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Re: S/O Proud kitchen moments -- Kitchen disasters
« Reply #287 on: June 12, 2013, 03:24:59 PM »
In post #268 I described the damage I had done to my Le Crueset skillet. Today I heard back from the company with this suggestion, which I thought would be good to share:

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We would recommend using a laundry detergent such as tide or one that has an enzyme in it. Make a mixture of one part detergent and three parts water to fill the interior of the vessel. Allow this to boil for about 5-7 minutes. Afterwards, allow to the vessel to cool and proceed with cleaning with your dish detergent. If needed, you may use a nylon or plastic scrubby to assist. Once your item has been cleaned, lightly coat the interior with white vinegar using a soft cloth or paper towel. This step is used to return some of the sheen back to the glaze. The longer you allow the vinegar to remain on the enamel the more of the sheen it will bring. Your item can be stored away with the vinegar on it until next use. When ready to use, wash and dry.

If the enamel is damaged and you reside within the USA you may provide the number or letter located under the item to be offered a replacement at a reduced cost with the damaged item returned.

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Re: S/O Proud kitchen moments -- Kitchen disasters
« Reply #288 on: June 12, 2013, 03:35:04 PM »
I decided to get myself a sandwich two days ago. The butter in the fridge was rock-solid (normally I let it sit on the counter a while in advance), so I thought I'd microwave it briefly. I've done this before. Unfortunately, the particular brand of butter we happened to have two days ago had aluminium in its wrapper. I didn't realise this until the fireworks started  ::)

Not my finest moment. I cleaned it all up, but felt like an absolute dunce. The butter was taken out of the charred wrapper and is now in a microwave-safe tupperware container.

I did that the first time I cooked Christmas dinner.

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Re: S/O Proud kitchen moments -- Kitchen disasters
« Reply #289 on: June 12, 2013, 04:11:19 PM »
The first time I made Christmas dinner I left the turkey neck and gibblets in the turkey...didn't know they were there!

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Re: S/O Proud kitchen moments -- Kitchen disasters
« Reply #290 on: June 13, 2013, 06:48:22 AM »
The first time I made Thanksgiving dinner, I couldn't FIND the darn giblets.  I looked in the turkey, got the plastic bag out of the trash -- couldn't find them.  Okay, then.  Roasted the turkey and made giblet gravy without giblets.  It wasn't until I was tearing the turkey apart to refrigerate that I found the giblets -- under the skin of the turkey, beneath one of the wings!  Not exactly a disaster, but it was just really strange.

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Re: S/O Proud kitchen moments -- Kitchen disasters
« Reply #291 on: June 13, 2013, 08:26:51 AM »
The first time I made Thanksgiving dinner, I couldn't FIND the darn giblets.  I looked in the turkey, got the plastic bag out of the trash -- couldn't find them.  Okay, then.  Roasted the turkey and made giblet gravy without giblets.  It wasn't until I was tearing the turkey apart to refrigerate that I found the giblets -- under the skin of the turkey, beneath one of the wings!  Not exactly a disaster, but it was just really strange.

It's for just this reason that many turkey processors I've encountered recently (last five years or so) have been putting the giblets in a paper pouch instead of plastic - if it's roasted with the turkey, no harm done to giblets or turkey, unlike a plastic bag that would ruin it all.

They idiot-proofed thawing, in other words. LOL

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« Reply #292 on: June 13, 2013, 01:27:00 PM »
Not my story but my Mom's.

My Mom is a reasonably good cook and tried very hard to feed us healthy, nutritious food growing up (not that I appreciated that then ::)). One of the dishes that we all loved was her chicken soup which she made from scratch. She has alway been thrifty and would freeze the meat stock she collected along with fruit from our garden, including the lemon juice squeezed from our trees.

Note: lemon juice and chicken stock look very similar if one is in a hurry, especially if they are stored in dark tupperware containers.

So one night we all sat down to dinner. It had been a long, frustrating day for my parents and the entire family was looking forward to the comfort of Mom's chicken soup. She spooned up bowls for my sister and me and told us to start eating while she took care of my father's and her portions. My sister and I took one bite and knew something was Very Very Wrong. My Dad saw our expressions and immediately took us to task - didn't we know how hard my mother worked? Shame on us for being so picky! Then my mother sat down, he got his bowl, and he took his first bite.
My Dad's mouth puckered involuntarily. The expression originated from his lips and rippled along his face, finally settling somewhere behind his ears. My Mom's face matched his.

There is nothing that can be done to rescue chicken soup that had lemon juice substituted for chicken stock. Everything tasted of lemon and nothing else, the chicken, the noodles, and the vegetables. My sister and I ended up adding sugar and whipped cream and the story of Lemon Meringue Soup became family legend.  ;D

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« Reply #293 on: June 13, 2013, 02:58:03 PM »
Sugar and whipped cream and chicken?  Oh my goodness.  :o

At least Joey from Friends would approve.  "Sugar?  Good.  Whipped cream?  Good.  Chicken?  Gooooood."

haha I love that episode!

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« Reply #294 on: June 14, 2013, 10:40:36 AM »
Back in the stone ages when I went to college, we weren't supposed to have stoves/hotplates or anything else that might involve cooking in our rooms.  The RAs usually gave you quite a bit of leeway on this as long as it didn't look dangerous.  I had a pizza oven that I stored under the bed, and a "mini" fridge that actually had a pull out two burner stove. 

My mother loved canning things, and I frequently brought stuff up to my dorm room to have for meals on the weekend.  One day, I put some canned Chili into a pot on the stove and then went off to start my laundry while it cooked.  I didn't know when it started cooking that the chili didn't actually get canned well and had gone bad.  On top of that, I spent a bit more time than expected in the laundry room so the Chili burned on the bottom.

I came back down the hall, and the RA was yelling "what the H$$L is that smell".  I had burned my spoiled chili, and it filled the entire hall with it's wonderful aroma.  Of course, I had "no idea" what the smell was and hurried back to my room to deal with the evidence.  I ended up waiting until the coast was clear and I threw out the pot down the garbage chute.  After that, I had mainly spaghettios, mac N' cheese, and frozen pizza for me weekend meals.

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« Reply #295 on: June 18, 2013, 09:28:22 PM »
With all the potato talk may I suggest Alton Brown Good Eats Mashers?  Season 1,Episode 2, "This Spuds for You."
He uses two different potatoes and discusses the differences in the kinds of potatoes and how their starches work differently.

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« Reply #296 on: June 18, 2013, 10:12:28 PM »
And if you want a giggle, you can watch Snoop Dogg make mashed potatos with Martha Stewart: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ocre0kXgvg
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« Reply #297 on: June 20, 2013, 11:19:02 AM »
This just happened.  I'm microwaving some frozen chicken strips.  The bag says to place chicken on a plate, cover, heat.  I covered it with a paper towel.  I smelled burning and I saw a small flame shoot out the top of the paper towel. :-[

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« Reply #298 on: June 20, 2013, 11:40:51 AM »
This just happened.  I'm microwaving some frozen chicken strips.  The bag says to place chicken on a plate, cover, heat.  I covered it with a paper towel.  I smelled burning and I saw a small flame shoot out the top of the paper towel. :-[

Were the paper towels made of recycled materials, by any chance? Shortly after I moved into my office, I used one of the paper towels supplied by my landlady to cover something I was putting in the microwave, and she happened to be in the kitchen in time to tell me not to do that, because she had had a towel spark on her before and had realized that there was some metal in the recycled paper towels, from staples and paper clips and whatnot.



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Re: S/O Proud kitchen moments -- Kitchen disasters
« Reply #299 on: July 07, 2013, 07:23:41 PM »
This wasn't a kitchen disaster, per say, but it did happen in the kitchen.

My friend and I were playing with Pinterest and decided to make glow-in-the-dark balloons. She blew up a balloon, broke a glow stick and proceeded to dump the contents into the balloon. Turns out that there's broken glass inside those glow sticks. The balloon exploded and sprayed glow stuff all over the kitchen. We turned out the lights and it looked like a crime scene: the ceiling, walls and floors were covered with little glowing dots in a 10 foot circle.

Also, for the record, that stuff doesn't taste very good.