Super Star At Bad Cooking

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Shiny ad clean pots

Shiny and clean pots

Another week has gone and I had not had time for my blog. I had been busy helping my eldest with her personal project and sorting things put, cleaning and also getting people to do some work in my kitchen, on top of a million and one other thing to do. Well, my only conclusion is that housework is endless! Sadly it’s not my area of interest……*sigh*.

I have been trying to clean out a lot of ‘junks’. A few bags of stuff only managed to reach the door and no more further than that. I took them back…haha. I told myself, ‘What if I need them after I throw them?’ Doesn’t it happen all the time? My daughter told me, ‘Just wait till you are not at home!’ Now I’m worried. I’m seeing a lot of my stuff disappearing. God help me!!

You probably won’t believe what happened when I was very busy and trying to cook. Food got BADLY burnt!!!! I’m just very thankful that I didn’t burn the house down. If you ever think I am good in cooking and baking, you will have to think twice. Just look at these pictures. For once I must say I am a super star in bad cooking!

Burnt soup

Burnt soup

I cooked a pot of soup and completely forgot about it because I was too busy with all the cleaning. I only realised it when I smelled something burnt. I ran into the kitchen but it was too late……black and burnt! When I opened the kitchen door, the strong burnt smell almost threw me off……like over burnt BBQ!

Citrus vinegar

Citrus vinegar

In trying to get rid of the smell, I remember my citrus vinegar. But it didn’t help at all. The burnt smell was just too overpowering. You can read more about my citrus vinegar at Citrus And Vinegar As A Natural Disinfectant And Deodorant For Home. If you ever want to use it, just use the skin. Don’t include the pulp if you want to use it more times.

Burnt sugar

Burnt sugar

Well, suddenly I remembered my colleague told me last time that cooking some sugar into caramel is very effective in removing smell. I did that. Too bad…I forgot about it, too!! It turned black and gave out a lot of smoke. This time it set off the alarm. I didn’t know what to do. I quickly took a chair, reached out to the smoke alarm at the ceiling and pulled off the batteries inside…..phew! That was a nightmare! I would be horrified if fire engines appear outside my house. Now instead of one pot, I have 2 pots to clean up…..*BIG sigh*. I wish I could just throw them away but then they were one of my favourite pots.

boil the tea

boil the tea

Then suddenly I remembered Cheah at No-Frills Recipes once sent me an article about using tea for cleaning burnt pots and to bring back the shine. I once bought a packet of tea and hardly used it because I bought the wrong one…..loose tea instead of tea bags. Well, it can be put to good use here.

Scrap off the burnt food

Scrap off the burnt food

I scrapped off as much burnt food as possible. Then I poured in some water and added the tea.

Burnt food came off

Burnt food came off

I let it boil for quite a while and then left it to sit. When It was warm, I poured it away and used a metal scrub to scrub the pot. Yippee….my pots were shiny and clean once again!! I’m really thankful to Cheah.

By the way, just in case you don’t know Cheah, she is a very nice and friendly Malaysian food blogger. She is the first blogger that I met, right in the heart of London. You can read about it at Blogging And Friends - 1st Meet-up With A Food Blogger. She always sends me very interesting articles to read. Some of them are totally hilarious. Do visit her blog. She has many wonderful home cooked food.

Well, what a day! I hope it doesn’t happen again. I have to take out my slow cooker to cook soup now to be on the safe side. I’m really thankful that my pots have a thick base so they can stand the heat without melting. I hope you are careful when you are cooking. Maybe it’s better not to cook when you are very, very busy like me. I have been cooking a lot of fried rice and fried noodles the past few days….complete meals on a plate….and safer, too.

Fried rice and fried noodle recipes that you may be interested in:
Fried Rice Noodles With King Prawns And Chicken
Malaysian Country Fried Rice
King Prawns And Herbs Fried Rice
Delicious Spam Fried Rice
Dry Noodles With Char Siu Chicken And Vegetables
Delicious Malaysian Fried Noodles (Part 2)

Quote of the day……

“So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health.”

- AJ Reb Materi

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Ginny Hartzler  on March 20th, 2011

Oh, this is so funny!!! Most food bloggers only tell their sucesses, you never hear about the failures, so I love reading that you are just like the rest of us!! Only you are truthful and tell us! And making such a hilarious story of it. I never heard of the tea cleaning thing, glad it worked for you.

suituapui  on March 20th, 2011

Ohme ohmy! Disastrous! Hahahahaha!!!! Well,there are always good days and bad days…

LeQuan  on March 20th, 2011

MARY! I’m so glad nothing happened! Oh dear :(
I burn my food often, but shhh…don’t tell anybody ;-). I call those kinds of mishaps “mommy brain”. Hubby calls them “speed dial” moments, as in speed dial the emergency number needed. Teehee.

Good to know that no firetrucks showed up at your door. You had me laughing when you said the stuff got as far as the door and then you brought them back. I’m sorry, I must side with your daughter on this one. My parents never throw out anything and it drives me nuts. Everytime I try to buy them something, they keep saying they have no more room.

Thank you for the tip on how to clean burnt food. I’ve never heard of that one before. Must give it a try next time (I know there will be a next time). It’s good to see even pros like you burn their food in the kitchen. Let’s hope the coming week is a lot better for you.

claire  on March 21st, 2011

hey Mary, sorry to say..i was kind of amused when i read this post.. sorry to see your burnt pot too but yeah, thanks to Cheah, now i also know that tea can make it as good as new!
Another sorry is .. no soup for that day itself? :p
It happens to me before.. but till now, the pot is still black bec i didnt know what to do with it then! so now i use it to boil rice for my doggie.. :)

Shirley  on March 21st, 2011

My cleaning is going to begin in 2 days when the kids begin with vacation. Have to keep these warnings in mind.

kitchen flavours  on March 21st, 2011

Hi Mary, this is a very amusing post… sorry, could not help smiling throughout reading! Ha! Happen to me before, I was heating up leftover curry chicken! Never knew about the tea, will keep that in mind, hope that I don’t need to use it, but well, we’ll never know….! :)

Von  on March 21st, 2011

When people say they can’t cook, they often talk about how they’ve burnt things when they attempt to cook- well I guess you’re evidence that great cooks burn stuff too!

Sonia Nasi Lemak Lover  on March 21st, 2011

Great post Mary! I enjoying reading this post. I should not throw the expired tea if I know this cleaning method earlier .

Belinda @zomppa  on March 21st, 2011

OOPS! It happens…it’s the cleaning up after that’s terrible. Did you know there is a museum for burnt food?

Mimi  on March 21st, 2011

To funny!

Light Delight with Tou Tou  on March 21st, 2011

This is the post I need!!! thank you so much Mary! I have been searching through the cleaning aisle to find one, but no luck. YOu know, my frying pan is already black!!!

cookie  on March 21st, 2011

Hey Mary, we all have a bad day at some point. You are a wonderful cooke by all account - don’t be too hard on yourself. *HUG*

Drick  on March 21st, 2011

poor soul …. but you know I can’t help but laugh at your misery, two burnt pots and still no supper…. nice info on cleaning a pot, could use that from time to time as I often get busy doing things that I should not be doing while cooking….wait, what’s that smell,,,,,,gotta go..

Jeannie  on March 21st, 2011

Lol! Sounds like a very familiar episode in my household too! It’s either me or one of my son forgetting about the food cooking on the stove! That’s a great tip for cleaning pot, I must go back and try it! Cheers!

faye  on March 21st, 2011

Hi Mary,
Thanks for sharing. Now I know what to do with burnt pots. Women are always busy, and with age, I get forgetful too, so I used the oven buzzer a lot, so that if I don’t hear it, my husband will, haha.
He once burnt toast, and set the alarm off and when the firemen knocked on the door, he hide in the bedroom and the firemen thinks that I am the stupid Asian. From that day onwards, we put a plastic bag over the smoke alarm, and only remove it when the inspector comes to check. Not a good idea, but I hate the noise everytime I open the oven door.

tasteofbeirut  on March 21st, 2011

Not fun but I am glad you are good at laughing at yourself. Great tip about the tea. tata! Next week things will improve.

Blackswan  on March 21st, 2011

Hahaha! Mary, thks for sharing this funny post :) It’s a boring day but you’ve brighten my day with your story & tips! It’s always nice reading your articles.

noobcook  on March 22nd, 2011

This happens fairly regularly in my kitchen, and not just when I’m busy ;)

Cheah  on March 22nd, 2011

Luckily, you didn’t burn your house down. So those emails do come in handy sometimes!

Ananda Rajashekar  on March 22nd, 2011

Ha ha how funny! well i remember my friend burning her house down, they were fire police who had to come to sort it out…good it didn’t happen there ;)

Pachecopatty  on March 22nd, 2011

Well I don’t like to admit it but I’ve seen this same ‘burnt’ look a few times usually when I make the mistake of putting something on the stove and stepping outside in the garden, get sidetracked and start weeding or something;-{ Whoops, oh well, horrible to ruin the pot;-{ Makes for a great post though!

busygran  on March 22nd, 2011

Oh Mary, you’re so down-to-earth! I, too have my blooper moments in the kitchen. It goes to show what ‘perfect’ humans we are!

Ellie (Almost Bourdain)  on March 23rd, 2011

Funny post Mary! I have burnt a lot of things many many again and again!

lena  on March 23rd, 2011

phew! what a relief that your kitchen never got burnt down! thanks for the tips on the tea, any tea will do? there was a time i burnt my pot and i really scrubbed like mad, just feel like throwing the whole pot away!

pigpigscorner  on March 23rd, 2011

Very good tips! I once burnt my pressure cooker and I “washed” it with cream of tartar.

penny aka jeroxie  on March 23rd, 2011

One of my recipes ended up in disaster on the weekend and it was for a potluck party… got pizza instead….

Esther  on March 23rd, 2011

Thanks for sharing the different methods to clean up burnt pots. :) Sometimes it just happens, even to the best of us. This happened to my family when we went to watch the fireworks and came back home, only to find our house stinking from smoke because of some steamed mantous that we accidentally left to continue steaming. Luckily, our house didn’t burn down or anything. But it would have been really helpful to see your tips while cleaning the pot. And even though you burned some pots, you’re still a great cook :D I have an award for you over at my blog. I really like reading about all the tips and advice you have and I think you deserve this award. You’re a person who is very good at giving advice and I think you’re very wise. :)

Mary  on March 24th, 2011

@Ginny Hartzler - Haha….glad that you enjoyed reading my post, though not what I expected. I thought you would say, ‘Oh No!’ :D

@suituapui - Ya, just one of those days :D

@LeQuan - Shall we form a ‘burn food club’?…haha. Now you have good excuse if your food get burnt…..just push it to the kids. You had to take care of them! :D I couldn’t find a good excuse…hmmm. Oh no, don’t teach my girls more on how to get rid of my things. I will cry buckets of tears! I think I have to put my stuff under lock and key now…haha. I’m sure your parents fully understand me :D

@claire - I’m glad it put smiles on your face. I thought you would read it with horror instead…haha. Oh yes, no soup…so sad :(

@Shirley - Wow….doing cleaning when the kids begin vacation! I wonder how you do that. I would have burnt more food…haha. It’s always busy enough taking care of kids :P

@kitchen flavours - Haha….you smiled because you feel guilty too! :D Oh dear, burnt curry. I would cry if that happens to me :P I love curry.

@Von - Haha…I’m not a great cook…just a very busy mom trying to cook good food :D

@Sonia Nasi Lemak Lover - Yes, keep your tea just in case you need it. But hope you don’t :P

@Belinda @zomppa - Oh my gosh…a museum for burnt food ?? That’s absolute news to me! I should put mine there :D

@Mimi - Haha :D

@Light Delight with Tou Tou - Well, I hope the tea works on your black frying pan :D It’s the first time I tried though.

@cookie - Awww…you are just so sweet. You sure made me feel lots better. If I burn food again, I will run to you to cry on your shoulder :D

@Drick - Oh no, you naughty Drick…laughing at my misery! Just wait till I get back at you one day…haha. Wait, maybe I should set myself a record for not burning any food for months :D

@faye - What a smart idea to use the oven buzzer! Oh, but I think my hubby will pretend not to hear…haha. Oh dear, I am totally amused to hear your husband hide in the bedroom when the firemen came..LOL :D Bet my husband will do that too if it happens!

@tasteofbeirut - Now when I think of it, it’s actually funny but not at that moment…haha :D Hope it doesn’t happen again.

@Blackswan - Glad my misery put a smile on your face and brightened your day :D

@noobcook - Oooops…….think you need an alarm clock :P

@Cheah - Oh yes, always love those articles you sent. It sure helped in this one :D

@Ananda Rajashekar - Oh no, my heart trembles on hearing that! I’m glad there was no casualties. I will be more careful with my cooking. This is a good story to keep me alert :D

@Pachecopatty - Oh dear…it happens to you, too. Maybe you can consider cooking in your garden. You can cook as you do the weeding :D I would love that…cooking in fresh air and let the nice smell drift around the neighbourhood…haha

@busygran - Now I wish I am more perfect…haha :D

@Ellie (Almost Bourdain) - I’m so glad I am not alone in burning food :P

@lena - Yes, that’ would be total horror if I burnt down the kitchen. Maybe count it as good arm exercise when we have to scrub our pots….no fun though :P

@pigpigscorner - Ooooh…I must remember that…..cream of tartar :D

@penny aka jeroxie - Oh dear. Glad you found a nice substitute :D

@Esther - Oh no……I should have helped to take care of your house and eat all the mantou……hehe… delicious. Awww…so sweet of you for your lovely compliment and giving me the award. Appreciate it very much :D

Nasifriet  on March 24th, 2011

To err is human. I’m glad you posted this. It happens to all of us. Thanks for the tip on cleaning burnt pots with the magical tea. It has got to be black tea, or any tea?

tigerfish  on March 24th, 2011

Oh dear oh dear! At least you managed to recover your favorite pot. I really cannot handle a burnt pot like this. Also a reason why I cannot buy expensive pots - in case I need to throw my “problem” away. Sigh…..but I do have emotion attachments to many things in my kitchen, not due to the price but the familiarity, function etc.

Ivy  on March 25th, 2011

You are lucky you didn’t burn the house. Great tip about the tea but hope I will never need it :)

peteformation  on March 25th, 2011

Oh, lucky no fire. I burnt some my food time to time also!

Angie's Recipes  on March 25th, 2011

That’s a great tip in cleaning the burnt pots. Well, I know I will need it.
I hope you have a relaxing weekend!

Magic of Spice  on March 25th, 2011

I am sorry about your mishap…glad nothing too bad happened though.

Biren @ Roti n Rice  on March 25th, 2011

Sorry to hear baout your mishap. Great tip about using tea to clean up burnt pots.

kristy  on March 29th, 2011

I also used vinegar on my burnt pot but have yet tried with tea. It looks like working so well too! Thanks for sharing all the tips.

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