Not everything I make turns out! I’ve had my fair share of dinner failures this year. Just for funsies I thought I would share a few of them today with you. Maybe you’ll learn a thing or two of what not to do!
When you have mushy, watery cauliflower rice for dinner
I found out that the best way to cook cauliflower rice is to steam it in the bag in the microwave or saute it on the stove. In the Instant Pot it comes out too watery and mushy! This picture kind of looks like throw up to me 🤢.
When you make gluey rice noodles
I don’t have the finished product of this one but basically I learned that no matter what I’ve tried rice noodles do NOT turn out in the Instant Pot. They get gluey and disgusting.
When your dough is raw
I’ve learned that if you have a pot-in-pot dish that is filled super deep in the Instant Pot it’s just not going to cook all the way through especially when part of the dish is biscuit or crescent roll dough. The middle part was still completely raw even though it had pressure cooked for 30 minutes.
When you buy the wrong brand of sausage
This sausage tasted like bad hot dogs. A sad way to ruin dinner. Just spring a little extra money for the better quality sausage.
When you make rolls and leave out the salt 🤦♀️
Salt is super important in baking. Without salt the bread is flavorless and bland. I accidentally left it out of these amazing looking rolls. When I bit into them I realized my mistake…DOH!
When your sweet potatoes are super stringy
Not sure if these sweet potatoes were just old or what but when I mashed them they came out all stringy. It was like eating dental floss.
When your husband blends up the veggie platter
This one comes from my running partner, Natalie. Her husband took all the items on a veggie platter and blended them up with a little water. They called it sludge.
When you put celery in a jello salad
I actually didn’t mind this one but our friend Chris absolutely hates celery with a passion. When there was celery in the jello salad it didn’t go over well.
When you try store brand mac and cheese
This recipe was going to be mac and cheese and frozen veggies in the Instant pot. It was so gross. I ate two bites, my daughter ate two bites and the boys passed on it completely. That cheese powder 🥴!
What are some of your cooking fails? I’d love to hear your funny stories! Share in the comments below!
Is it odd I looked I looked for a “jump to recipe” button before actually understanding what the post was about 😂? I discovered your page and recipes soon after purchasing my Instant Pot and have been a fan ever since! I even figured out how to perfect my “Emergency Fried Rice” that is a monthly staple. Thanks for showing us that even the best swing a and miss! Cheers!
Betty Washburn says
Happy New Year to you and your family, Karen. I don’t know a good cook anywhere that doesn’t have mess ups now and then. That’s how we all learn. I appreciate that you shared some of yours, just shows how real you are. I love your IP recipes, keep ’em coming. Here’s to more goof ups and great recipes in ’23.🤣
Thanks Betty! Happy new year to you!
Elaine Smith says
I make the box Mac and cheese all the time for me. I think I got the recipe from you boxed meals segment. I just cook the macaroni and then use sauta for the rest. I also add shredded cheese, peas, and tuna in mine. it is usually good. hope you have a very blessed new year. And keep the recipes coming…🥰
I don’t know what it was about that particular brand but it was just not good haha! Glad you like your boxed mac and cheese! And I do like tuna so that sounds good to me.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year thank you for all your IP recipes
Thank you Brenda! xoxo
Tammy L Fast says
Karen I just wanted to say Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and keep the IP recipes coming.
Thanks so much Tammy!
merry Christmas to you and family.
interesting to see the flops. nothing is as perfect as it seems. all the best in 2023
Thanks Christina!! Happy new year!
Danial Mawhorter says
Great – Thanks for sharing – I love to cook but mine also do not always make the grade – thankfully most do.
That’s part of the process I suppose!
Colleen Marceau says
Thank you for sharing these, Karen! I can only imagine the trial and error you go through to give us GREAT quality recipes!
I do have a question: Do you make your family eat your mistakes?
Happy Holidays to you and Greg and the family!
Haha! I don’t make them eat the mistakes. Trash can gets to eat the mistakes.
Shelagh Corless says
Merry Christmas to you and all your family!! No matter how I make the cauliflower rice it’s just yucky. And I made a sloppy Joe recipe, not yours, that was just weird for some reason. We love all your recipes!!
Sometimes the recipes just come out weird, huh?
Kim B. says
Well, you are beautiful & brainy & now I know you have guts & a great sense of humor, to share all this with us! I know if you had put that cauliflower stuff in front of my husband he literally would have said, “who throwed this up & what do you want me to do with it?” (Because that’s what he says every time I put stroganoff in front of him….he eats it, though)
I have no IP horror stories because I only use YOUR recipes & they always work. I’m sure if I “went rogue” & tried to make my own I’d have a bunch of stories.
I will, however, confess that years ago I had eggs boiling on the stove & I got busy doing something else & then I heard this loud pop-pop-pop noise & came running to the kitchen & found the water had all boiled out & those eggs had exploded!! Some of them even managed to bypass the vent hood over the stove & they were all over the ceiling, cabinets, floor, etc. Oooooooo, not good.
Merry Christmas & God Bless you & yours. Stay warm.
That’s so funny about stroganoff and your husband. I love stroganoff!
Oh man that egg mess sounds horrific! That’s why I like the IP because if I forget about it it’s not that big of a deal!
Karen, I find it hard to believe even though I am looking at the pictures, YUK! I have made many of your recipes and enjoyed every one of them. Thank you, Joan
I’m so glad you’ve tried the good ones Joan!
I am looking forward to many more good ones. Thank you karen
When my daughter first started cooking she used Sweetened Condensed milk in a broccoli casserole instead of evaporated milk. Strangely enough our guests gobbled it all up and told her what a good cook she was becoming!!!
That is hilarious!! I had a comment once from a lady that said the casserole was way too sweet…I figured out that she used sweetened condensed milk instead of evaporated milk
OMG Karen you are so funny!
Thanks for sharing!!
Haha! Thanks Kristine! Happy holidays to you too 🙂