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    Here Are 15 Painful Cooking Mistakes — How Many Are You Guilty Of?

    You're definitely guilty of doing some of these.

    1. Do you put your noodles in the water to cook them before the water is boiling?

      Do you put your noodles in the water to cook them before the water is boiling?

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    The boiling temperature is what prevents the pasta from getting mushy.

    1. Do you wash chicken before you cook it?

      Do you wash chicken before you cook it?

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    Washing chicken can actually increase your risk of food poisoning because it spreads the bacteria onto your hands, the sink, and your work surfaces.

    1. Do you actually preheat the oven before you put food in?

      Do you actually preheat the oven before you put food in?

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    There are several reasons to make sure your oven is preheated before you put your dish in, whether it's to kickstart meat caramelization or cake rising!

    1. Do you use a glass cutting board?

      Do you use a glass cutting board?

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    Using a glass cutting board wears down your knives quickly.

    1. Are you guilty of opening the oven to check on what you're baking?

      Are you guilty of opening the oven to check on what you're baking?

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    Opening the oven lets out the hot air and introduces cold air into the dish you're cooking.

    1. Do you use dried spices in a dish after it's done cooking?

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    Use dried spices at the beginning of cooking and fresh spices towards the end. It takes longer for dried spices to infuse their flavors with your dish.

    1. Do you pour cooking oil down the sink drain?

      Do you pour cooking oil down the sink drain?

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    The chemicals in cooking oil can bond with the chemicals in sewer water and eventually lead to clogged pipes!

    1. Do you cut meat right when it's done cooking instead of letting it rest?

      Do you cut meat right when it's done cooking instead of letting it rest?

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    Resting your meat will allow the juices to redistribute. Without resting, the juices won't stay in the meat, causing it to taste dry.

    1. Do you use boiling water for coffee and tea?

      Do you use boiling water for coffee and tea?

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    Using boiled water can make your drink much more bitter than you intend. Instead, let it cool to just under boiling before you use it for brewing.

    1. Do you rinse cooked pasta after draining it?

      Do you rinse cooked pasta after draining it?

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    Rinsing pasta washes away some of the starch that helps sauce stick to the noodles!

    1. Do you defrost meat on the counter?

      Do you defrost meat on the counter?

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    Meat shouldn't be left at room temperature for more than two hours. Defrosting meat on the counter can cause bacteria that was present before freezing to rapidly multiply when thawed.

    1. Have you ever put a cast-iron skillet in the dishwasher?

      Have you ever put a cast-iron skillet in the dishwasher?

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    Putting a cast-iron skillet in the dishwasher will cause it to rust and will wash away its seasoning.

    1. Do you wash and dry your fruits and vegetables before using them like a good cook?

      Do you wash and dry your fruits and vegetables before using them like a good cook?

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    Washing produce will help remove bacteria from the surface of the foods.

    1. Do you overcrowd your pans instead of giving your food room to brown?

      Do you overcrowd your pans instead of giving your food room to brown?

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    If you overcrowd the pan, the heat will get trapped under the food, steaming it instead of caramelizing it nicely.

    1. Finally, do you keep your knives sharpened?

      Finally, do you keep your knives sharpened?

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    Sharp knives damage the food less than a dull knife and make prep easier!