Did you know that today is Kitchen Klutzes of America Day? It’s true! A day where we can all come together and openly talk about the most crazy, most horrific, most absurd experiences we have all had in the kitchen. As avid users of Seamless, you may not use your kitchen so often. But we bet there’s a reason why… Perhaps you don’t like to cook, or perhaps you had a serious unfortunate mishap in the kitchen that has scarred you for life. A few of us here at Seamless HQ have experienced such klutzy moments, here’s our collection of stories:
Did you know cornbread rises? I didn’t.
— Megan E.
One time I put pasta on to cook and went into the other room to watch TV. 10 minutes passed and I forgot about my food and decided to head off to a friends house… I was there for about an hour when I remembered my food still cooking at home. Panic set in and I sprinted the half mile him. When I got to the top of my street the fire brigade were outside my house. I ran down as fast as I could, which still seemed like slow motion.
The fire brigade had been called for what turned out to be an inconsequencial incident at the Chinese restaurant right under my apartment. I’d forgotten to turn my pasta on to boil in the first place. By now it was swollen and white…
I turned on the gas and waited 20 minutes before gobbling down that disgusting beige sludge, rendered delicious by its secret ingredient: relief.
— Dermot H.
When we moved to NY, he had never used a gas stove. Because we lived in the East Village, our apartment was decrepit and the stove was at least 30 years old. He had no idea how to turn on the oven, so he just turned the nob without igniting the flame. I noticed this about 10 seconds later and freaked out, running in what seemed like slow motion towards the nob, twisting it off as if our apartment was seconds away from destruction.
We let the kitchen air out a bit, then I taught him how to turn it on. He more or less got the hang of it. The funniest part is that even though we are now in a new apartment with brand new appliances, he gets so scared to use the stove when I’m around that he asks me to leave the kitchen when he needs to cook.
— Matt T.
I was studying abroad in Prague, and it was around Christmas time, so my friends and I decided to host a little holiday party. Every holiday party needs cookies. So we decided to bake our own from scratch.
I’m not sure if we followed some sort of Czech recipe? Or Google got confused and gave us the wrong recipe? Or the ingredients we bought were just not the right ones? Because… when we removed our “cookies” from the oven, they never came off the baking sheet. They were stuck there for eternity.
And that was the end of my baking career.
— Jessie G.
Not a klutz moment, but I had a nerve wracking dinner party experience.
My friends were coming over for this elaborate themed dinner that I planned. We’re talking multiple courses, flowers and menus printed on vellum.
It was in the middle of winter and I go to start boiling something… but the water doesn’t come out. The pipes were frozen! My landlord had to delay all of his plans and show up, girlfriend in tow, to thaw out the pipes outside in the freezing weather.
Miraculously, they finished 15 minutes before the party and everything was fine.
— Alex C.
Do you have any Kitchen Klutz-y stories? We’d love to hear them — Share them in the comments below!