back to top
Food

Do You Know How To Fix These Cooking Catastrophes?

Even if you fail, you will learn a thing or two from this quiz.

Posted on
  1. My soup is too salty 
    Getty Images
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Dilute with water/stock and add a splash of vinegar or lemon juice.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Add dairy and reduce to break down the salt.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Cool soup and remove the top layer.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Cool soup and remove the bottom layer.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    If your soup is too salty you should dilute with water/stock and add a splash of lemon juice or vinegar.

    You could also try adding something starchy like potatoes, rice, or noodles to soak up the excess salt. And acids like lemon juice or vinegar can help balance the extra salt and mask the unwanted flavor.

    If your soup is too salty you should dilute with water/stock and add a splash of lemon juice or vinegar.
    Via Getty Images
  2. My herbs are starting to wilt
    Getty Images
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Place them back in the fridge for 30 minutes.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Dunk them in ice water and pat dry.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Pop them in the freezer for 30 seconds.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Put them, root end down, in a glass of water.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    If your herbs are starting to wilt you should shock them in ice water and pat them dry.

    You can also use this technique to perk up wilting salad greens.

    If your herbs are starting to wilt you should shock them in ice water and pat them dry.
    Via Getty Images
  3. My egg whites won't whip
    Getty Images
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Add more sugar.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Add one egg yolk to help stiffen them up.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Cool egg whites in fridge and try again.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Bring egg whites to room temperature and try again.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    If your egg whites won't whip, stop and let them come to room temperature.

    You can also try adding 1/4 tsp. of cream of tartar to your egg whites.

    If your egg whites won't whip, stop and let them come to room temperature.
    Via Getty Images
  4. My dish is too spicy
    Getty Images
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Bring to a simmer.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Add salt to neutralize the spice.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Let cool, then skim off the top layer of the dish.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Add dairy to neutralize the heat.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    If your dish is too spicy you should add dairy to neutralize the heat.

    You can also add a splash of lemon juice/vinegar or a bit of sweetener to balance the flavor.

    If your dish is too spicy you should add dairy to neutralize the heat.
    Via Getty Images
  5. My soup is too thin
    Getty Images
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Remove the soup and let it sit off the heat.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Add a thickener (slurry) and bring to a simmer.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Add flour directly into the soup and whisk.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Add cornstarch directly into the soup and whisk.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    If your soup is too thin you should add a slurry and bring to a simmer.

    A slurry is made by mixing cornstarch with water. You can also use a roux to thicken it, but never throw flour or cornstarch straight into a soup. Another option: Add starchy vegetables (like potatoes) to thicken a soup.

    If your soup is too thin you should add a slurry and bring to a simmer.
    Via Getty Images
  6. My melted chocolate clumped up
    Getty Images
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Add a small amount of acid, such as white vinegar, and stir.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Keep heating until it comes back together.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Add a small amount of warm water to remelt the chocolate.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Add a small amount of vegetable oil and stir.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    If your melted chocolate clumps up (also called seizing) you should add a small amount of vegetable oil and stir.

    Chocolate will seize if water gets into the melted mixture.

    If your melted chocolate clumps up (also called seizing) you should add a small amount of vegetable oil and stir.
    Via Getty Images
  7. My hollandaise sauce broke
    Getty Images
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Add melted butter and whisk.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Add an extra egg yolk and whisk.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Whisk the sauce into a small amount of hot water.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Slowly heat the sauce while whisking.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    If your hollandaise sauce breaks you should whisk the broken sauce into a small amount of hot water.

    Hollandaise is a delicate sauce and will break if it is overheated. Keep your sauce on a gentle water bath to prevent it from breaking.

    If your hollandaise sauce breaks you should whisk the broken sauce into a small amount of hot water.
    Via Getty Images
  8. My homemade mayonnaise isn't coming together
    Getty Images
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Whisk an extra egg yolk into the mixture.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Whisk a whole egg into the mixture.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Add lemon juice or vinegar to the mixture.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Add more oil to the mixture.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    If your homemade mayonnaise breaks you should whisk an additional egg yolk into the mixture.

    An additional egg yolk can act as an emulsifier and bring the mixture together. P.S. Always use room-temperature eggs when making mayonnaise; eggs that are too cold can prevent mayonnaise from coming together.

    If your homemade mayonnaise breaks you should whisk an additional egg yolk into the mixture.
    Via Getty Images
  9. My sauce is too sweet
    Getty Images
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Bring your sauce to a simmer and reduce.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Add a splash of lemon juice or vinegar.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Completely cool your sauce and discard the top layer.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Completely cool your sauce and discard the bottom layer.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    If your sauce is too sweet you should add a splash of lemon juice or vinegar to balance out the sweetness.

    Acidic ingredients like lemon juice add tartness to help balance the sweetness. You can also try balancing the flavor with additional salt.

    If your sauce is too sweet you should add a splash of lemon juice or vinegar to balance out the sweetness.
    Via Getty Images
  10. My cake is stuck to the bottom of the pan
    Getty Images
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Pop cake back into the oven for 30 seconds to loosen bottom.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Let the cake cool, then submerge the bottom in a warm water bath.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Place cake in the freezer for 5 minutes.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Invert cake upside down and let sit for 30 minutes.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    If your cake is stuck to the bottom of your pan you should let it cool completely and then submerge the bottom in a warm water bath.

    Always prep your pan for success with nonstick spray and parchment paper, and then cool your cake and run a knife around the outside before trying to remove it. But if your cake is still stuck, you can try the warm water method.

    If your cake is stuck to the bottom of your pan you should let it cool completely and then submerge the bottom in a warm water bath.
    Via Getty Images
 
Take quizzes and chill with the BuzzFeed app.