Whether you’ve been cooking for years or just getting in the habit of making homemade meals, everyone makes mistakes. Sometimes you don’t even realize that you’ve been making something incorrectly until you eat it at a restaurant or a friend’s house. And sometimes your mistakes lead you to believe that you don’t like a certain ingredient or cooking technique. Well don’t worry, life in the kitchen is about to get a lot simpler for you with this Ultimate Guide to avoiding Cooking and Baking Mistakes!

1. Tofu: How to Avoid 5 Common Cooking Mistakes

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Tofu is delicious. But many people don’t know what to do with it or how to cook it, or even how to buy it because there are so many kinds: silken, soft, firm, extra-firm. That’s why Rhea Parsons created this list of five common mistakes made with tofu and how to avoid them, so that you can become a tofu aficionado just like she has.

2. Pasta: How to Avoid 8 Common Cooking Mistakes

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There is more to a great pasta dish than just dumping noodles into hot water as anyone who has ever had a dish of gummy, sticky, bland spaghetti might tell you. To make perfect pasta, check out these common mistakes when cooking pasta and Rhea Parsonstips for avoiding them.

3. How to Avoid These Common Mistakes While Cooking Vegetables

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Vegetables are healthy, beautiful and delicious, but there are common mistakes that can somehow turn those bright, colorful, crunchy veggies all dull, gray and mushy. Yuck! Luckily, Rhea Parsons learned from her mistakes to now share some veggie-cooking tips with you to help you avoid living an episode of When Bad Things Happen to Good Veggies.

4. How to Avoid 6 Common Baking Mistakes

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A few years ago, if someone asked Rhea Parsons how to avoid making baking mistakes, she’d write, “Keep me out of the kitchen.” But she’s not one to back down from a challenge, so she perfected her baking skills (including gluten-free baking!) Now she’s sharing her knowledge with tips to Avoid 6 Common Baking Mistakes!

5. 5 of the Most Common Cooking Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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No matter how experienced you become in the kitchen, there will always be mistakes. If you find yourself less than thrilled with your cooking results, it doesn’t mean you are not a good cook. It may just mean that you are making a simple mistake that many, many great cooks also make. The most common cooking mistakes are usually made because of not taking the time to do it right or not knowing any better. Here are the 5 most common general cooking mistakes that Rhea Parsons wants to help you avoid!

6. 5 Common Mistakes Impatient Cooks Should Try to Avoid

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You might be a great cook and not know it because you aren’t patient when cooking. It’s okay, we totally understand. Sometimes there’s just no time and we’re incredibly hungry after a long, busy day. Well follow Rhea Parsons‘ tips and avoid these common mistakes impatient cooks tend to make.

7. How to Fix 8 Common Seasoning Mistakes and Save Your Dinner!

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Lots of seasoning mistakes can be fixed. It’s all about understanding flavors and balance. There are six basic flavors in cooking: salty, sweet, bitter, sour, spicy and savory. A good dish will have a balance of these flavors. If you go overboard or underboard on one flavor, it can be balanced by another. So before you throw your dish away, try to fix the mistake. Not only will you have that delicious meal you planned but you will learn to further develop your palate for seasoning. Follow these tips from Rhea Parsons to fix the most common seasoning mistakes.

8. Learn How To Fry Food The Right Way by Following These Tips

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Fried foods are best when made just right. When the coating is crispy and the interior is perfectly cooked. We crave fried foods for the outer crunch and the satisfying, comfort feeling they give us. But if you’re having trouble achieving the perfect fried-ness to your foods, then don’t worry, let Rhea Parsons help you Learn How To Fry Food The Right Way by Following These Tips.

9. Tips for Cooking Vegetables so They Don’t Wilt

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Overcooking vegetables is a bad thing to do for several reasons: they lose their vitamins and minerals, they taste bland and boring and their texture is soft and soggy. It’s no wonder so many people don’t want to eat their veggies. But when vegetables are cooked properly, they are beautiful, colorful, crisp, and delicious. If that’s not your experience, here are some tips from Rhea Parsons for Cooking Vegetables so They Don’t Wilt.

10. How to Fix The 5 Most Common Gluten-Free Baking Issues

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If baking is an art, then gluten-free baking is like Lego art: it isn’t mainstream, not many people try it, but it can be amazing in its own right if done well. Because it isn’t the most common kind of baking, there are lots of common issues that crop up when people try gluten-free baking for the first time. From crumbly cookies to gummy cakes, gluten-free baking can seem impossible. Don’t get discouraged, though; Elizabeth Hurley has lots of easy tricks you can try to avoid common baking errors. This kind of experimentation is fun for everyone because you’ll end up with a delicious final product and ideas for improvements.

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