Four Cooking Mistakes and How to Avoid Them




Accomplished financial professional Edward Marsi serves as a senior consultant in New Hampshire. When he’s not busy helping individuals and families understand their retirement prospects and meet their financial targets, Edward “Ed” Marsi enjoys cooking.

Below are four common cooking mistakes to avoid:

1. Overcrowding the pan. When pans are overcrowded, they produce steam and prevent browning. This dramatically alters the taste of meat and other items. Always leave enough room in the pan that pieces of food are not touching. If necessary, use two pans or cook in batches.

2. Using the wrong oil. Extra virgin olive oil is great for cooking a huge range of foods. But it doesn’t work with everything. Since it starts burning at a low temperature, it is not suitable for cooking at high heat.

3. Not reading the recipe. Many people read the recipe as they go along, when they should really be reading the entire recipe first. By reading the whole recipe, cooks can get the ingredients and equipment they need without rushing.

4. Not taste-testing. One of the great things about cooking is the ability to toss in extra ingredients or use substitutions. Since these alter the flavor of the dish, cooks must taste-test as they go. Taste-testing is also important for cooks who follow the recipe carefully, because some ingredients or amounts may be off.