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Kitchen Mishaps

These stories need no introduction. Everyone knows that cooking can often be very tricky, with mistakes, regrets, and explosions aplenty. So prepare to laugh at this compilation of cooking tales—and learn from them! 

 

“A dessert I frequently make is called Green Stuff. It consists of pistachio pudding, canned pineapple, and Cool Whip. One of my friends asked for the recipe, then called me later to explain indignantly that she had to throw away two bags of pudding, two cans of pineapple, and two big tubs of CoolWhip. 

‘I had to toss all of it because after I finished mixing the Green Stuff, I realized there’d been bugs in the pudding! And the same thing happened the next time!’ she complained. 

‘Laurie…’ I replied, ‘it’s pistachio pudding! Those are pistachios, not bugs!’”

-Kathy Snyder

 

“In my teen years, I once attempted to make biscuits from scratch. My younger brother, who volunteered to be my taste tester, couldn’t even bite into the biscuit I gave him. On impulse, he threw it out the back door of our house; the echoing sound of it hitting the tin roof of our neighbor’s garage confirmed that my biscuits qualified as rocks or hockey pucks rather than edible material. Since then, I’ve been very grateful for Bisquick and other helpful store products, and I haven’t tried making biscuits from scratch again.”

-Sandra Walton 

 

“Our family has a long-standing tradition of eating pumpkin pancakes for breakfast on Thanksgiving Day. It’s been a delicious hit every year… except the first time we tried it. We lived in Kyrgyzstan at the time, and the pancake recipe called for vinegar. My dad went to the local grocery store to grab some, but upon arriving, he found a large variety of vinegar types and brands. Unable to read the labels and unaware that vinegar comes in different concentrations, he purchased a vinegar that was far too strong. To make matters worse, once my mom began making the pancakes, she accidentally added more vinegar than the recipe called for. Needless to say, the pancakes were less than phenomenal, but it took my brother and me, being three and five, about a pancake each to realize it. Lucky for us, our mom tried again the next day, this time with the right vinegar, and the pancakes were much better.”

-Joshua Wideman

 

“Years ago, an elderly couple came to our house for dinner, and I planned to make The Best Cake Ever for dessert. The recipe included lots of sweet, sticky crushed pineapple. After dinner, I mixed the cake batter in a 9×13 glass pan and thoughtlessly set it on the stovetop, which was still hot. Several minutes later, we heard a loud explosion in the kitchen—the glass pan had blown up, flinging sticky pineapple batter and glass shards everywhere! It ran into every crack and cranny, down the sides of the stove, and all over the floor… Our elderly guests tried to help clean up and ended up cutting themselves on the glass shards. It was one of our most unfortunate moments in the kitchen.”

-Stephanie Snyder

 

“When we lived in Mongolia, my mom cooked with a pressure cooker pretty often because it’s hassle-free and simple. After adding the ingredients into the pot, she’d wait for them to cook and remove a pressure valve once the food started boiling. But one day while cooking lunch, she realized with horror that she’d forgotten to remove the pressure valve. Hoping for the best, she tried releasing the pressure very carefully. . . and it was beautiful. That was the first time any of us ever saw a fountain of chicken stew. It spewed out from the pot too quickly for her to stop it, and she couldn’t cover the hole because she wanted to avoid getting boiled stew in her eyes. Thirty seconds later, our lunch was a gloopy mountain on the stove, ending in a waterfall off the side. It was a very amusing experience, but it did take a considerable amount of time to clean up the mess afterwards.”

-Ariel Chow

 

“For my thirteenth birthday, my sisters and grandma planned to surprise me with a birthday dessert. After settling on lemon meringue pie, one of our rarer treats, the conspirators went into full pie-making-mode. A while later, I happened to walk past the kitchen doorway just in time to witness the tragic destruction of a beautiful pie. It slipped from Grandma’s hands as she lifted it out of the oven, and the next moment it splattered on the walls, on the floor, on the pie-makers themselves, and all over the inside of the oven. My sisters screamed simultaneously, then frantically shooed me away. Later, after dinner, they served the birthday dessert: lemon meringue pudding. It was a very sad-looking, slightly-frightening conglomeration of smashed pie crust, lemon, and flattened meringue which Grandma had painstakingly salvaged from inside the oven and put into a new pie crust. But it’s the thought that counts, anyway, and it still tasted amazing!”

-Abigail Snyder

 

“Early in the pandemic, I thought I would try to make bread like I used to when I was newly married. Since I didn’t want two loaves, I carefully cut the recipe in half… but added the full amount of water by mistake. Not realizing this (even though it looked a little watery), I turned on the mixer. Sticky, runny, white paste splattered everywhere, covering me, the cabinets, the floor, the counters… It was quite a mess. I dumped the icky concoction in the trash and decided my bread-making days were officially over.” 

-Anita Whalen

 

“My wife Stephanie and I once invited a couple from our church to have lasagna with us. Before they arrived, Stephanie needed to test the lasagna to see whether it was cooked through, but we didn’t have a cooking thermometer. I suggested using our glass oral thermometer (the old kind with poisonous mercury inside). I inserted the thermometer into the middle of the hot lasagna… and disaster struck. The metal tip at the end cracked off inside the hot lasagna, and all the mercury leaked out! We cut out a five-by-five-inch square from the center of the lasagna, hoping to get rid of the poisoned section and salvage the rest. When our guests arrived, we asked if they still wanted to eat it. ‘Sure, it’ll be fine!’ they replied enthusiastically, undaunted by the Delicious Lasagna of Potential Death. We survived the meal, thank goodness, and we certainly learned our lesson about thermometers.”

-Scott Snyder

 

Photo Credits: Abigail Snyder, Joshua Wideman 

27 Comments

  1. Oh my word, these sound so fun (no sarcasm). Cooking dissasters are always the worst and the funniest. I was making scones once and accidentaly added a second amount of baking soda instead of sugar, you can guess how that ended up. 😂

  2. Haha! I can relate to so many of these! From spending fifteen minutes fishing bits of eggshell out of cake batter to accidentally turning on the electric mixer and getting my finger caught in the center, I have had so many of my own kitchen mishaps! But even when you don’t end up with something edible, you can always learn from your mistakes. Great job Abigail!

    • oh no Isabel! XD yeah once I put a small spoon into the whipped cream to test it…while the beater was on….and the spoon got completely bent and tangled up in the beater…..

  3. Ahahahahahahahaha those are amazing! Great job once again Abby!

  4. LOLOLLOL these are sooo great! where do you get these stories?

  5. Lol! This was awesome!

  6. OliverMunzer/omunzer

    XD, i have one 2…..
    When i was like 4/5 dad put a whole can of coco powder in an electric mixer (with no egg/milk/anything liquid as dad was going to add it in after i turned it on) Well, i turned it onto 10 (the highest) and bam!!! Brown coco mix ALL OVER THE KITCHEN (and me) LEL Nice mess for dad…. 😂

  7. Awesome job Abigail! These are both hilarious and make me feel better about my own mishaps.

  8. Awesome job Abigail! These were both hilarious and made me feel better about my own mishaps.

  9. OliverMunzer/omunzer

    Kathy Snider: oof, yuk, that sounds gross!
    Sandra Walton: 😂 That is hilarious! I love how he threw the cookie (rock) on top of the next houses roof. 😂
    Joshua Wideman: ooofffff (why would a pancake call for vinegar!??) But, lol, that was so funny….. 😉
    Stephanie Snider: oh oh, did they hurt themselves bad?? 😳
    Ariel Chow: XD, a fountain of stew sounds messy, (and delicious) lol 😊
    Abigail Snyder: oh boy, that sounds funny…… lol
    Anita Whalen: Oh boy, sounds delicious…..not XD My bro used to make stuff like your bread intentionally and he enjoyed making it, but the stuff stuck every where!!! yeah, i nearly made him tidy it up himself…XD
    Scott Snyder: oh boy!! that sounds DaNgErOuS!!!!!

    great Job on the article, this was cool to read!!!

  10. LEL these were hilarious!!!!!!! Thank you for compiling these, Abigail 😄

    (I can’t believe that last story though O.o. I hope the guests were okay 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣)

  11. Ahahaha oh my, these were fun to read through XD

  12. oh this is soo relatable hahaaa. the 9×13″ glass pan breaking on the hot stovetop happened once when we were making granola bars… and it was really unfortunate too because the glass shards (everywhere) ruined a perfect pan of chocolate-chip cookies:((
    Nice job compiling all of this Abigail!

  13. haha these are all great! they made me laugh in a time when I really needed it! XD

  14. LOL these are great!! Especially the sticky pineapple one….poor guests XD

  15. when my dad stayed in a house full of guys on campus, one of the men–he didn’t know how to cook–made some delicious-looking lasagna….but when they bit into it there were little crunchy things and a very peculiar flavor. Turns out the guy had put uncooked rice and vanilla extract into it…😂

  16. Hahahahaha 🤣 These are hilarious!! Gj! Once, I made pancakes for my parents anniversary, (the same recipe I always used) and accidentally doubled the salt! My sister and I were frantically adding flour, sugar, and water trying to fix it. xD Lets just say they looked much better than they tasted!!! lol Of all the times to mess up the salt…

  17. Haha. That last story though…scary

  18. Haha. That last story though…sounds scary

  19. Once when I was making apple cake-muffins I ran out of butter and my “Brilliant mind” decided to use olive oil. I accidentally grabbed the Peanut oil box and dumped it in the batter. When I tasted my muffins, I almost threw up. (However, when I baked the cake it actually tasted good!)

  20. Hahaha🤣 Ewww

  21. LOLOL!! Great job putting this together, Abigail!!! From the second to last story, though, I don’t think she should give up on bread… It takes a while, and I can’t say that I’m great at it without my mom’s help–especially since I’ve been too busy to cook really lately–but it will come, and then you feel wonderful. 😄

  22. WOW those are quite the stories. Now I’m scared to try and cook or bake anything lol.

    • Oh, don’t be!! XD There’s nothing really like the satisfaction of eating something you know that you made yourself. 🙂 It may take a little work and a little practice, but honestly, if you don’t start composing a story in your head or some other distraction like that (like I do when I’m washing the dishes — probably why it takes me years), it shouldn’t be too hard. 🙂 Besides, banana bread or muffins or even just cookies are pretty easy to start off with — if you have a good recipe and follow it closely, you should be just fine. 🙂
      There… I have no idea if you wanted to read all that. XD