How to fix the most common cooking mistakes people make over the holidays

How to fix the most common cooking mistakes people make over the holidays

The holidays are a time when you might be inspired to get in the kitchen and try making a festive dish from scratch, even if you normally order takeout every night. But even if you’re a seasoned cook, there’s a chance you’ll run into some problems while preparing a roast or baking a pie.

Not to worry! Many common holiday cooking mistakes have easy solutions.

Here are 10 things that could go wrong as you’re whipping up a holiday meal — and how to fix them if disaster strikes.

Problem: Your cake is stuck in the pan and won’t budge.

Solution: If you have some time before your guests arrive, try gently lifting it out with a spatula, prying it out with a knife, letting it sit upside down for a few hours, or banging on the bottom of the pan and jiggling it out at a 45 degree angle.

If you’re short on time, just frost and serve it in the pan like a sheet cake. It’ll taste the same.

 

Problem: When you finally got the cake out of the pan, it broke in pieces.

Solution: Use frosting as glue to put it back together, then cover the entire cake in one smooth layer so that no one can tell anything is amiss.

 

Problem: Your gravy is lumpy.

Solution: Give it a whirl in the food processor or with an immersion blender.

 

 

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