11 Bad Kitchen Habits You Need To Stop Immediately

We are cooking in the kitchen these days probably now more than we ever have. With numerous people working or attending school from home, the kitchen has become a frequented room for many. While cooking in the kitchen can certainly be a joyful and therapeutic activity, if you’re not careful, you might pick up on a few bad kitchen habits that could ruin your recipes—or even make you sick!

In order to ensure that you’re making the most of your recipes, your appliances, and even the cleanliness of your kitchen, we rounded up a few important bad kitchen habits that you need to start avoiding. Once you have these down, you’re also going to like our list of 21 Best Healthy Cooking Hacks of All Time.

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If a recipe calls for you to cook something over medium or medium-low heat, you want to make sure that the skillet is actually at that proper temperature. Especially if you need to cook something for a particular time period—you don’t want undercooked food! Give your skillet a minute or two to heat up properly before starting your recipe.

If you’re a fan of skillet recipes, then you’re going to love our list of 35 Quick and Amazing Cast-Iron Skillet Recipes.

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It’s good for the skillet to be heated before you start cooking, but you certainly don’t want it to be overheated. If you’re cooking something at a particular temperature and it starts to char, it’s likely the skillet is too hot (unless the recipe calls for you to char something). This is particularly important if you’re flipping pancakes! The skillet will likely heat up even more, so make sure to turn it down before pouring the second batch of pancakes on the pan.

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If you have a seasoned, non-stick cast-iron skillet, the last thing you want to do is ruin the seasoning with a lot of soap. While a small amount of soap is okay—especially if you’re trying to get some harder food bits from browning something—it’s not good for the skillet to be immersed in soap all the time. A true non-stick skillet will be able to wash fine with some warm water, and abrasive sponge, and good ol’ elbow grease.

Here are 13 Ways You’re Ruining Your Cast-Iron Skillet.

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To keep a nice non-stick coating on your cast-iron skillet, it’s important to season it between washes. After washing out your skillet (with as little soap as possible), rub a small amount of oil on your skillet and leave it to dry. Vegetable oil works well, especially if you grab a container of shortening. You can scoop out a small amount and wipe it around the surface of the skillet with a paper towel. Here’s How To Season a Cast-Iron Skillet So That It Lasts for a Lifetime.

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