What's your worst cooking disaster? Am I the worst?

Ireland
December 17, 2006 1:12pm CST
Just try to top these: When faced with a half boiled egg one day I removed the top part of the shell and stuck the remainder of the egg in the microwave. Three seconds later the thing exploded and I was left with a fabulous eggy shelly mess to clean up. Last year I decided to make a Christmas pudding. I went out and bought a beautiful steamer to make it in. I put the plastic container into the steamer with some water, turned on the heat and then went to do some housework. I got distracted. Two hours later the smoke alarm went off and when I raced to the pudding the pot had boiled dry, the plastic bowl had melted into it, and the pudding was gone. This year I made a Christmas cake. I set the oven to 140 degrees and left it for the required six hours. Six hours later I was faced with the smell of burning in the kitchen and a solid rock cake in the oven. Someone had hit off the knob and turned it up to 180 degrees. Anyone short of a brick for an extension?
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@magikrose (5425)
• United States
17 Dec 06
Quite a few years ago I decided to make a full dinner with desert for my step-fathers birthday. I made the cake first. I hid it in the oven so he wouldent see it. Forgeting the cake was in the oven I pre-heated the oven to cook dinner. I started the appetisers and went to put dinner in the oven and that is when I realised the cake was in there. I instantly tok it out and put dinner in and started to cry. I was only 17 at the time(plus I was PMS'ing) I called my mother so upset asking her to pick up a cake on her way home from work. The cake was Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. Well we ended up eating the cake anyway. All that happened was the frosting melted in to the cake and made fudgy. Instead of cutting it up we just grabbed forks and dug in.
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• Ireland
17 Dec 06
Oh poor you. It's awful when you're young and want to do something like that and it all goes horribly wrong. It's funny about the chocolate cake though.
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• Ireland
17 Dec 06
Oh poor you. It's awful when you're young and want to do something like that and it all goes horribly wrong. It's funny about the chocolate cake though.
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@misskatonic (3730)
• United States
17 Dec 06
My worst disaster: I wanted to make cheese stuffed cornish game hens for a fancy dinner get together. I had a delicious recipe and went and got all of the ingredients plus a roasting pan for the game hens. I basted them, I stuffed them with a garlic and herb cheese spread and I stuck them in the oven. I don't know what happened, but the cheese spread exploded inside the hens. It was everywhere! And the hens themselves were dry and over-cooked on the outside and undercooked on the inside. I spent the whole next day cleaning that oven and getting all the burnt cheese goo off of the walls. Needless to say, the dinner party didn't go as planned.
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• Ireland
17 Dec 06
Nothing like cheese to make EDAM mess!!! Thanks for sharing!
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@chertsy (3817)
• United States
17 Dec 06
I don't think I could top anything you just wrote. But I think my dad could. When my mom was in the hospital. He had to cook dinner. Well, everything was going ok til he put a glass bowl of cream corn on a burner that he thought was off. Well, next thing that happened was this loud bang. We all ran to the kitchen. The cream corn went everywhere. Some of it was stuck in the ceiling. The glass bowl completely shattered and we found pieces stuck in the walls. Luckily my dad didn't get hurt. We had fun cleaning that up. After pulling corn out of the ceiling and glass out of the walls, we had to fix the kitchen before my mom came home.
• Ireland
17 Dec 06
Your poor dad. I'm glad no one was hurt. There's nothing like a man trying to cook something to gain a bit of sympathy.
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@chertsy (3817)
• United States
3 Feb 07
Sorry for getting back so late, just found this after searching. My dad still cooks about the same thing, just leaves the corn alone, lol. His favorite thing to cook was potatoes and onions fried in a skillet. After eating this for a few days as your only meal, it actually becomes good. But he will cook everything in the same skillet, not at the same time thank goodness.
• Ireland
17 Dec 06
My first Christmas cake was a disaster. I was just about to put the cake into the oven when my husband asked me why I had put the brown paper around the outside of the tin. I told him it was to stop the edges of the cake from burning. I put the cake into the oven and went off to bed, setting the alarm to waken me four hours later, when I expected to see the results of my hard work. I saw the results less than three hours later. I awoke to the smell of smoke and when I went to check the oven, the cake had gone on fire. Needless to say, my husband was grinning all over and said 'so much for your brown paper'.
• Ireland
17 Dec 06
Thank you for the laugh. I can well imagine the slagging you got. I'm sure it was the oven's fault.
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• Ireland
17 Dec 06
Well, I'll try it again with your tip, but if it doesn't work you have to clean the microwave.
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• United States
18 Dec 06
I personaly haven't had a horrable one, just burned a few things, but it was just for me so I made something else. but my little sisters managed to set taco shells on fire one day! one turned the oven on, and preheated it. The other put the shells in thinking that she had just turned it on. that and they left them in there for 20 min. I never thought that was possable until they did it!
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• United States
3 Feb 07
Nacho chips will do the samething, and if there is cheese on them, you may as well give up, it's like hunks of napalm once it starts going...
@peaceful (3286)
• United States
18 Dec 06
lol! I know the feeling! I once blew up an entire duck! :) I was preparing to roast a duck with with an orange flavored stuffing that contained Gran Marnier as an ingredient along with regular brandy... The idea was to coat the inside of the carcass with the mixture and add your stuffing ( which should have been pre-cooked, I learned later). Place the bird in a 450 degree oven to brown it and then lower the temp to 300 or so to cook it... oh well, It was a holiday and the glasses of Merlot were making me a bit "merry" and forgot about the "lowering the temp" part... All of a sudden I heard this WHOOFF sound and when I ran into the kitchen and checked the oven... It was goodbye duck, hello oven cleaner! Poor thing... it'll never bother anyone again! :(
• Ireland
18 Dec 06
Very funny!! LOL!
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@kakuemmom (862)
• Canada
18 Dec 06
ss to hear of all you mishaps lol been there and done that. When my husband and i were first together i thought i will make him a great chinese dinner. I cut the chicken and meat in strips and marinated it for a couple of hours cut up a huge amount of veggies had the rice everything. So i use my wok and cook up the chicken meat and veggies no problem every thing smell great. I am thinking see you do know how to cook I pat myself on the back thinking i am doing a wonderfull job. So now its time for the fried rice i put the rice in the wok and start cooking, Well its not getting soft it actualy smells bad and is just not cooking right the outside got soft but the inside was still hard. I think well it will taste better when its mixed with the veggies and meat. My hubby sits down and goes to eat and the look on his face is not a good one but he finishes his plate then has another. Me i pick out the veggies and meat so sad cause my great meal is awful. I called my mother later that night to tell her what had happened she asked me how i had cooked the rice i told her in the wok. It was fried rice after all. Well what i didn't know is you have to boil the rice first then put it in the wok lol. And my hubby must really love me cause he ate 2 whole plates of the stuff.
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• Ireland
18 Dec 06
That gave me a good laugh! Very funny. LOL!
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@dominican (202)
• Philippines
18 Dec 06
The worst cooking disaster would probably be when i tried to roast a chicken in the oven. The sparkler didnt spark but the LPG was already filling up the inside of the oven. When i tried to lit it up with the use of the matches, it almost caught me on fire.
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• United States
17 Dec 06
The egg exploding in the micriwave is scary. i heard a horrible incident of omeone trying to cook an egg in a microwave, a horrible idea, and she nearly destroyed her face when she opened up the mictowave. i suggest not cooking in the microwave at all, it is horrible health wise, so many people wonder why so many are getting cancer, microwave turns your food into a carcinogen.
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• Ireland
17 Dec 06
I hope your friend is ok. I never thought very much about the dangers of microwave cookery. I find I usually only use the microwave if I'm in a hurry.
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• United States
18 Dec 06
I always burn rice.. no matter what I scorch the you know what out of it.. I also set fire to an oven with crisco at my Former Boyfriends house with his parents in the other room
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• Ireland
18 Dec 06
I think you need to add more water to the rice, and some more oven to the fire too. :D
@medako (33)
• United States
17 Dec 06
I've been known to put something on to boil and forget about it. Many times I've walked into the kitchen to see smoke rolling and find no water left in the pan. I'm also bad about getting distracted when I'm baking cookies. I'm really TRYING to do better about setting the timer though.
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• Ireland
17 Dec 06
If I was to tell the truth, I wasn't really doing housework when my pudding boiled dry, I was surfing the net. *blush* Glad to see I'm not the only one who has the odd diaster or two.
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@Kackie3 (345)
• United States
18 Dec 06
I had decided I was going to roast some chestnuts in my oven one day. I never had done it before, so I didn't know you were supposed to pierce their shells before putting them in the oven. They all exploded all over my oven. I had never seen such a mess. It was stuck all over the oven door, the back, sides there was no space in that oven that wasn't covered in the mess.
• Ireland
18 Dec 06
At least now I know how to roast chestnuts. :)
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@medooley (1875)
• United States
18 Dec 06
I don't know if grilling counts but that is my deaster and it just happened two weeks ago... here it is. I got some beef ribs from my father-in-law sometime during the summer, but I never got around to cooking them. I had a free day a couple of weeks ago so I thought that I would slow cook them on the gril. My plan was to just turn on one side of the gril and a place them on the other side and slow cook them. And for the most part this plan was working wonderfully. I was turning them every half hour or so, and applying BBQ sauce as I did this. This went on for about 4 hours. At this point I was just about done with them. They were starting to smell really good, one of the ribs had all ready fallen out, so I knew they were just about done... well guess what... they were probably done then. But did I stop no! One more coat of BBQ sauce and I went back inside. The smell of the ribs was great I could smell it inside the house. It was time to take them off the gril. I went out side and as soon as I saw the gril there was smoke pouring out of it. When I open the gril, flames shot out about three feet in the air. The ribs were on FIRE! And I mean fire! The flames were everywhere, they were even coming out of the back of the gril dancing right up to the house. I moved the gril away from the house and tried to blow the flames out. While this may work on birthday candles apparently it does not work on flaming enferno ribs. I had to go inside and get a glass of water and dump it on the fire. The fire was out, but the ribs were ruined. They were chared to a chrisp. It looked like I had placed a log on the gril and left it there to burn. All I could do was laugh! I am going to try it again here sometime in the next couple of weeks. But this time... I am stopping at 4 hours.
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• Ireland
18 Dec 06
Your disaster is definately one of the worst. LOL!
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@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
18 Dec 06
I really had a great time reading all you responses. Great topic, and funny stories. The good thing about cooking disasters is that you can always just throw them out and start over. I just messed up Thanksgiving dinner. We just moved to the country, and we have a propane stove and oven. Well, needless to say, I don't get the gas oven at all. I have burned steaks, undercooked chicken, baked cornbread that is uncooked in the middle, and the Turkey was not done either. I cooked it 30 degrees hotter than the directions, and an hour longer. Still, it was undercooked. *sob oh well, it was just us and the kids, so we ate LATE again. Everything else was cold and overcooked.
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@Kackie3 (345)
• United States
18 Dec 06
Now, I always used gas to cook with, and after all my life using it, I was suddenly faced with an electric stove. I had the same trouble adjusting to it that you did with the gas.
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• Ireland
18 Dec 06
I cook with electric but I really love the gas the way you can turn the heat up and down instantly. Hopefully the next Thanksgiving dinner will be a success. :)
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• United States
18 Dec 06
I just have to say, out of all the people I know, I am the only one who has successfully burned spaghetti noodles while boiling them. I don't know how it happened. I started to make dinner for my family one night. I put the noodles in the water and the next thing you know, they are burnt black to the pot, with the water still there. I don't know...it still amazes me to this day.
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• Ireland
18 Dec 06
Well done you! Quite an achievement. LOL!
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• United States
19 Dec 06
Haha, what can I say, I try my best :)
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• Australia
18 Dec 06
When I was a little kid I used to help my Mum make Macaroni Cheese all the time - it got to the point where I could make it by myself with Mum just supervising...always turned out perfectly! When I was about 16 I attempted to make it for my partner and thought it worked fine...I remembered all the ingredients and remembered the times for the microwave and the oven.....BUT, one mouthful and it almost ended up over the other side of the room! It tasted like boiled cardboard! I tried about another 3 times over the next year...and each time it seemed to get worse! lol I can now make a very respectable Macaroni Cheese, but with a different recipe! =)
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• Ireland
18 Dec 06
Boiled Cardboard........hmmm.......the mind boggled. But I'm glad you've got the recipe right now. I love Macaroni Cheese.
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@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
18 Dec 06
maybe you cooked it without removing it from the box??
• Philippines
18 Dec 06
it's fun reading all of this... :o) can't say i've ever had a cooking disaster though. ... hehehe... becuase, i can't cook.
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• Ireland
18 Dec 06
Well now is your chance. Cook something tomorrow and come back and post to this thread. Or, if your cooking turns out well, start a new thread entitled "What are you good at cooking?" :D
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@isha900 (1460)
• India
18 Dec 06
i also can cook
• Nicaragua
18 Dec 06
No, you are by far NOT the worst... Let me tell you a story, Christmas dinner, I would have been about 7 years old.. My aunt cooked the turkey for a good 27 hours, she had a pot of coffee on for around 8 hours.. Needless to say, the turkey gravy came out like road tar.. The "instant" mashed potatoes came out like wallpaper paste, and the frozen veggies.. It came to the end of the dinner, and on the way home, it was so bad my grandmother told us to go through the drivethru at McDonalds....
• Ireland
18 Dec 06
LMAO at some of the stories here. That's so funny.
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• Malaysia
18 Dec 06
I don't think you are the worst. My experience was when I fried a fish. I forgot to turn off the stove when I went to the toilet. And I completely forgot that I was frying a fish. Later I smelled funny smell from the kitchen. The fist had turned into hard charcoal!! Ha ha. Funny ha?
• Ireland
18 Dec 06
Talk about a bad memory...... :O
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@wildguy2 (1349)
• Canada
18 Dec 06
eggs life - eggs
My worst cooking experience is with boiled eggs, I put a few on the stove to boil and forgot about them and went outside to do some chores, when I came back int the house the eggs had exploded and literally stuck to the ceiling, the bottom of the pot was burned completely through, and the element on the stove had shorted out and burned all the top of the stove...luckily I didn't burn the house down..
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• Ireland
18 Dec 06
You are lucky! LOL! Thanks for sharing.
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@mkup30 (494)
• United States
18 Dec 06
I made brownies and forgot to add the eggs, geez it came out horrible. Ill never forget it...I never made that mistake again!
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• Ireland
18 Dec 06
I did something like that too. I made potato and leek soup and forgot to put the potato in.
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• India
18 Dec 06
The worst cooking disaster..... OH NO!!!!! STILL I LAUGH ON THE SAME!!!!:-D I am from South india and there is a dish called 'uppuma' which is one of my favorites and one day when mom was not at home, i tried to make the same, went to kitchen and with my knowledge i took all the ingredients. This dish is sort of u can call it a hot pudding or something like that. The water proportion has to be correct. I started my cooking, poured oil, put onion, chillies, curry leaves, etc etc and fried them, then when it was ready, i poured water into it, i think i poured more than the required, but i didnt know.. i thot it was correct, poor me... then i added the flour which was fried and kept, i tried to mix it and i was slowly mixing, actually the water proportion shuld be correct that the whole flour would get correcty mixed with water, but to my disaster the water was more that it became a curry..... and the rest can be guessed.... hi hi.... this is just one among my trial in cooking....
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• Ireland
18 Dec 06
Thanks for sharing that. :D
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