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Old 12-09-2018, 06:24 PM
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Things I Must Remember ... Next Time

When baking, do not confuse the baking powder and the custard powder.


... Anyone else got anything they really ought to remember, next time?
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Old 12-09-2018, 06:40 PM
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I confused powdered sugar and corn starch one time. I sprinkled it allover some cookies I baked for a classroom party. I saved the day by brushing as much of the powder as I could and then re- sprinkled with powdered sugar. My understanding is powered sugar is cut with starch anyway. No one noticed as far as I could tell.
Now my canisters are clearly labelled.

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After blindly taking a swig from a nearby bottle of bleach, my wife remembers to look at what she is grabbing before chugging.
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When the recipe says to use baking powder, DON'T use baking soda.
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Don't forget to add sugar when making pumpkin pie. Eeew!
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Old 12-09-2018, 09:22 PM
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Coconut oil is not always interchangeable with butter.
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Old 12-09-2018, 09:30 PM
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When trying on 1 each of 2 different pairs of shoes in the morning to see which one looks better...
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Old 12-09-2018, 10:25 PM
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Old 12-10-2018, 05:42 AM
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When following a recipe, a clove of garlic is not a bulb of garlic.


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Old 12-10-2018, 09:04 AM
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Old 12-10-2018, 10:22 AM
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Drinking milk out of the carton before doing a sniff test is a really bad idea.
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Old 12-10-2018, 10:25 AM
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Read the label on the spice bottle. Nutmeg and chipotle chili powder looks really similar.
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Old 12-10-2018, 11:18 AM
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Old 12-10-2018, 11:33 AM
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When trying on 1 each of 2 different pairs of shoes in the morning to see which one looks better...
Been there! (Except I was just grabbing 2 shoes in low light. Got halfway to work wearing one black shoe and one brown. Oddly, I had a nearly identical pair on the shoe rack when I got home. After that, I kept a pair of black flats in the car.)

Also, use bags for trash and boxes for not-trash. While clearing my grandma's house, I brought home a nice bag of rubbish, and threw away the bag of vintage aprons I wanted.
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Old 12-10-2018, 11:33 AM
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When following a recipe, a clove of garlic is not a bulb of garlic.


mmm
So?

If a clove of garlic is good, a whole bulb is better. The same is true for onions.
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Old 12-10-2018, 11:58 AM
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Check the jugs of dishwashing soap/dishwashing machine soap before adding one to the dishwasher. I use pods, so when we were at a vacation home rental recently that used almost identical-looking jugs for each type of soap, guess who grabbed the wrong one on the night before we had to check out?

That "Better Than Bouillon" stuff prints the type of bouillon in teeny-tiny type. Also, the seafood stuff is colored almost exactly like the chicken stuff. Be sure you put on your glasses and read them before you make your chicken noodle soup taste like shrimp stock.

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Old 12-10-2018, 12:06 PM
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...to flip the "reserve" switch back after filling the gas on the motorcycle before getting on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

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After blindly taking a swig from a nearby bottle of bleach, my wife remembers to look at what she is grabbing before chugging.
What did your wife intend to drink that resembles a bottle of bleach?
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Old 12-10-2018, 12:39 PM
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What did your wife intend to drink that resembles a bottle of bleach?
That's what I was wondering as well. Chainsaw oil, maybe? Linseed oil?

For me, it's don't forget to add sugar to everyone else's serving of rhubarb
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Old 12-10-2018, 01:19 PM
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Read the label on the spice bottle. Nutmeg and chipotle chili powder looks really similar.
Also chilli powder and clove powder.

For myself, when roasting pumpkin, you can wander off and do something else, but you should take the timer with you.

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Old 12-10-2018, 03:16 PM
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Poured used motor oil into my windshield washer reservoir once. When I change my oil I pour the used oil into an empty plastic gallon jug to later bring it a recycling center for disposal. For whatever reason, when refilling my washer reservoir I grabbed the gallon container of motor oil and poured it in. Got several ounces in before I realized it. What a mess to remove, drain, and clean ( and clean, and clean, and clean... )

Thing is, I have no idea why I didn't notice the dark contents through the clear-ish jug, instead of the orange-ish washer fluid.
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Old 12-10-2018, 03:31 PM
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...to flip the "reserve" switch back after filling the gas on the motorcycle before getting on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Turn the gas 'On' when on the line for a dead-engine start.

This never happened to me. I had the "Turn the Gas On, Dummy!" sticker on my tank.
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Old 12-10-2018, 04:09 PM
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Someone in another thread admitted to trying to pop a pan full of what turned out to be, I think, lentils.

My father was a big Brylcreem fan, except for the morning he filled his hair full of Crest. Labels matter, people!

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Old 12-10-2018, 04:48 PM
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My father was a big Brylcreem fan, except for the morning he filled his hair full of Crest. Labels matter, people!
One day I was getting ready to go to high school and grabbed the Lysol bathroom cleaner instead of the hairspray. I think I went to school with wet (freshly rewashed) hair that day.
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Old 12-10-2018, 04:50 PM
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...to flip the "reserve" switch back after filling the gas on the motorcycle before getting on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

What did your wife intend to drink that resembles a bottle of bleach?
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That's what I was wondering as well. Chainsaw oil, maybe? Linseed oil?

For me, it's don't forget to add sugar to everyone else's serving of rhubarb
A large bottle of water was next to the bleach. They are still dissimilar enough as to question her sanity though.
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Old 12-10-2018, 05:07 PM
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When following a recipe, a clove of garlic is not a bulb of garlic.


mmm
As I found out the first time I made chili and added 7 bulbs... The burn came from the garlic... It was awesome...
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Old 12-10-2018, 06:23 PM
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I once tried a new recipe that required me to make the seasoning mix ahead of time. After finishing that, I prepped all of the vegetables and meat, got them simmering nicely as I was supposed to, and dumped in the seasoning with nary a thought.

Missed the part that said "Now add one tablespoon of the seasoning mix..."

Not the whole cup-and-a-half or so that the recipe made
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Old 12-10-2018, 06:35 PM
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So?

If a clove of garlic is good, a whole bulb is better. The same is true for onions.

Exactly.

Kosher salt and sugar are not interchangeable.
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Old 12-10-2018, 08:02 PM
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I once tried a new recipe that required me to make the seasoning mix ahead of time. After finishing that, I prepped all of the vegetables and meat, got them simmering nicely as I was supposed to, and dumped in the seasoning with nary a thought.

Missed the part that said "Now add one tablespoon of the seasoning mix..."

Not the whole cup-and-a-half or so that the recipe made
Yeah, reading recipes all the way through can be helpful. Keeps you from adding a bunch of olive oil to your meatballs, instead of frying them in it.
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Old 12-10-2018, 08:56 PM
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Old 12-10-2018, 09:05 PM
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Someone in another thread admitted to trying to pop a pan full of what turned out to be, I think, lentils.
Puts up hand, hangs head in shame.


Why would popcorn burn instead of pop?


In my defence, they were dried yellow split peas, not lentils.
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Puts up hand, hangs head in shame.


Why would popcorn burn instead of pop?


In my defence, they were dried yellow split peas, not lentils.
Well, that makes it a far more logical thing to do.







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Reading this thread is ... hilarious, but also comforting.
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Old 12-13-2018, 08:52 AM
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Mowing the front yard with my lawn tractor...and forgetting to ENGAGE THE BLADES!!
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Old 12-13-2018, 10:27 AM
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Trying to grind meat, having forgotten to put the cutting blade in the grinder. Meat mush is not at all appealing.
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Driving to the airport, parking in one of those massive parking lots, and forgetting to write down where I parked so a week later when you return you can find your car. You know, at night thousands of red cars look the same and those lots can be VERY big.
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Old 12-13-2018, 04:23 PM
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As I found out the first time I made chili and added 7 bulbs... The burn came from the garlic... It was awesome...
The first time I made my sister's Nuts and Bolts snack mix recipe, I misread the "add 2 cloves of crushed garlic" as "2 bulbs". Best snack mix ever! I've made it that way ever since.
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The quantity "tbs" (tablespoons) looks a lot like "lbs" (pounds) under poor lighting conditions, so what I learned after making a green bean casserole with 3 lbs of butter* was to turn the gorram lights on.



* I really, really, really wish I was kidding. I really am that stupid.
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Mmmmm .... butter.
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Old 12-14-2018, 10:51 AM
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Driving to the airport, parking in one of those massive parking lots, and forgetting to write down where I parked so a week later when you return you can find your car. You know, at night thousands of red cars look the same and those lots can be VERY big.
I take pictures of where I leave my car, and as added insurance use my cellphone's mapping (tap "mark my location").

ETA: as even further insurance, note that airports do constant license plate census. If you cannot find your car, they can take you right to it.

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As usual, I roasted a chicken and, after dinner, I salvaged all the meat from the carcass and boiled the rest for a couple of hours for stock, then strained and refrigerated. The next day I carefully skimmed the solidified fat and washed, skinned, and chopped the vegetables.

After bringing to a boil I tasted and found it needed salt. I grabbed a salt shaker filled with white granules from the cabinet and seasoned. I kept tasting, but it still wasnt salty enough. Finally I sprinkled some on my hand and tasted it. It wasnt salt.

My (now ex) wife had found a convenient way to dispense the pure MSG she used for her ethnic dishes. Absolutely inedible. What a waste.

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Old 12-14-2018, 10:42 PM
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I once made myself avocado & chicken wraps for lunch, but forgot to cook the chicken.
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The first time I made my sister's Nuts and Bolts snack mix recipe, I misread the "add 2 cloves of crushed garlic" as "2 bulbs". Best snack mix ever! I've made it that way ever since.
Please share recipe?
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The quantity "tbs" (tablespoons) looks a lot like "lbs" (pounds) under poor lighting conditions, so what I learned after making a green bean casserole with 3 lbs of butter* was to turn the gorram lights on.



* I really, really, really wish I was kidding. I really am that stupid.
Please do NOT share recipe.




Actually. I take back my joke. I'd totally eat some butter casserole.
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Old 12-15-2018, 06:41 AM
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Miracle Whip and Cool Whip are NOT the same thing.

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Old 12-15-2018, 07:28 AM
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Actually. I take back my joke. I'd totally eat some butter casserole.
Green beans ruin the taste of butter.
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Dishwasher soap is NOT the same thing as dish soap.

And, when making a big serving of tuna, and you get to when you add the white stuff, and you know it’s not sweet, it’s still important to know that sour cream is not the same thing as mayonnaise.
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When your pancakes at IHOP have a happy face atop the stack, with half a pineapple ring representing the smile, and maraschino cherries representing the eyes, the nose is NOT a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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