There are numerous reasons that can explain why a recipe doesn’t turn out the way it should, and I am at fault for most of these reasons. I have tried many recipes in my lifetime, and I must admit that I have been disappointed with a good percentage of them.
One of the reasons I have found for this happening is because I did not read the recipe correctly. This has happened so many times that I have lost count. Somehow I get ahead of a recipe and I do something wrong. This is a mistake that can cost a recipe you are working on.
Another common cause for problems is a lack of proper pre-heating. If a recipe says to preheat the oven, this is for a reason. With gas ovens, it is important to let them heat up until the oven dings. You should then give the oven an additional 10 minutes to heat up because gas ovens only heat periodically. It will take about 10 minutes longer for the oven to actually be the temperature that you need it. If you have an electric oven, this is not as big of a problem.
Heating up a pan on the stove is also a common error that can cause bad results. If you are frying something in oil, you must make sure that the oil is hot. If you don’t, you may end up with soggy food instead of crispy food. This happens often and can cause bad results with new recipes.