Solutions for Everyday Kitchen Mistakes

You can learn from your mistakes, but it may result in ugly cakes, calorie overloads, and even singed arm hair (ouch!).  Learn from our cooking, nutrition, grilling, and baking mistakes instead!

Everyday Grilling Mistakes

Incinerated (or raw) meat, lighter fluid-spiked food, and falling-apart fish can really put a damper on a summer barbecue. Our tips will help get things in order.

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You use short tongs
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You use short tongs

THE RESULT: Singed arm hairs—or worse.

THE FIX: A good pair of long-handled tongs will be the hardest-working tool in your grilling arsenal, so invest in a pair that’s comfortable and sturdy. The long handles are key: Grills can be deceptively hot, so you’ll want to keep a safe distance. Short tongs leave your hands vulnerable to sudden flare-ups. And never use forks or utensils with sharp edges—piercing meats allows flavorful juices to escape.

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