Common Cooking Mistakes

A partner at Brown Rudnick LLP in Massachusetts, Mary-Laura Greely serves as corporate counsel on a variety of issues, from mergers and acquisitions to executive compensation and strategic planning. While she has worked with clients in a wide range of industries, one sub-specialty has been working with successful food and beverage companies. Outside of work, Mary-Laura Greely enjoys cooking, having studied at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts.

While cooking can be a fun way for people to express themselves and try new flavors, dishes can easily become less satisfying because of small mistakes. Making mistakes is a normal part of the learning process. Following are some of the most common cooking mistakes people make.

Forgetting to read the recipe completely before you start cooking can cause dishes to come out very differently than they should. A detail as small as using cold butter instead of room-temperature butter may throw off the texture or taste of the dish.

Neglecting to taste your dish as you go can lead to surprises when you sit down to eat. A good portion of cooking is about estimates, so it’s important that you regularly taste a recipe as it is prepared.

Not comparing several recipes for the same dish. That way you ensure the measurements are consistent and you are not adding an ingredient that will throw the dish off in some unexpected way.