1. Putting oil into a cold pan
What’s the single biggest cooking mistake made in kitchens across Canada? According to Donna Dooher, executive chef and owner of Mildred’s Temple Kitchen in Toronto, it’s our tendency to add the fat (usually butter or oil) to a pan before it’s hot. “Never put any ingredients into a cold pan,” Dooher says. Adding butter or oil to a hot pan ensures a good sear, and helps prevent food sticking to the pan.