Cooking Mistakes Everyone Needs To Stop Making

By Evelyn H. Armstrong

Cooking may be an art, but in many ways it's a science, too. That's why so many amateur chefs rely on tips and tricks they've picked up along the way to help them solve some of the most common kitchen problems.

However, these so-called food hacks don't always improve our cooking experiences at all. Sometimes they can actually be doing more harm than good! Learning the reality behind these myths will change the way you cook forever.

1. Myth: Milk makes scrambled eggs softer. If you're a passionate fan of cooking your own breakfast, then you've probably heard this more than once. A little bit of cream or milk poured into your scrambled eggs is supposed to make them more fluffy.

Fact: The truth of the matter is that, while it might make you feel like a culinary wizard, adding milk or cream to your eggs does nothing good for them! Extra dairy can actually thin out your eggs, making them easy to overcook.

2. Myth: Only flip your steak once. If there's one thing men take seriously, it's grilling. Ask any grill master, and he'll be pleased to tell you just how much you can ruin a steak by flipping it over more than once.

Fact: A current movement of multiple flips is gaining traction in the grilling world to make sure that your meat is perfectly and evenly cooked. It turns out that you aren't going to hurt the flavor or the texture of the meat with flipping.

3. Myth: Use oil in your pasta water to keep it from sticking. Is there anything worse than sticky pasta? Heck no. That's why people in the know make sure to add some oil to keep their strands of spaghetti from clumping together.

Fact: Adding oil might keep the pasta from sticking to itself, but it also keeps it from sticking to anything else... like delicious, tasty sauces! If you want to keep the noodles from sticking together, simply stir your pasta constantly as it cooks.