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10 Common Cooking Mistakes You're Still Making

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The amount of trial and error that goes into making a perfect meal is exhausting - but essential.

There isn't always a right or wrong answer when it comes to cooking, but there are some common myths that are seriously affecting the quality of your meal.

The next time you step in the kitchen, take these 10 tips into consideration.

1. Flipping your steak once does not make you a grilling master.

Flipping your steak multiple times will make sure that the meat is evenly cooked, and it won't affect the flavor or the texture.

2. Rolled oats are just as nutritious as steel cut oats.

It doesn't matter which one you eat, only that you eat at least one of them! Oats are loaded with protein, fiber, zinc, biotin, and a bunch of other essential nutrients.

3. Microwaving water for tea is not a good idea.

Tea requires a certain temperature, which is why tea kettles are designed to heat water to a certain temperature. When water is heated in a microwave, it's heated unevenly. Also, if water is overheated, it may cause it to violently boil and "explode."

4. Softening butter in the microwave will change the quality of your baked good.

Overheating butter will break the emulsion and affect its composition. Try grating your butter if you want to soften it quickly, or leave it out to soften before you add it in.

5. Stale bread makes better French toast.

No one wants to consume anything that's not fresh, but in the case of French toast, stale or dried out bread will actually make a better breakfast meal. The soggy, eggy solution that you dip the toast in will hold better, so if you don't have stale bread, dry it out in the oven for a few minutes.

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