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21 Common Cooking Mistakes: Vegan Edition!

By kathypatalsky |

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“Whoops.” “Oh, THAT didn’t work.” “Maybe I need to start over.” “Is it supposed to taste like this?” Mistakes in the kitchen happen. Especially when you are dealing with vegan recipes and vegan ingredients — possibly ingredients that are unfamiliar to you. You can easily get confused, lose your way, and basically mess up. So whether you are just starting to experiment with vegan or vegetarian recipes, or are a long time vegan cook — here are 21 common cooking mistakes: vegan edition! And yes, many of these are pulled from mistakes that I have made in my cooking adventures. Hopefully I have made these mistakes so now you don’t have to!

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21 Common Vegan Cooking Mistakes

Neglecting to use the right egg replacer while baking

When veganizing a recipe that traditionally contains eggs — like cookies and cakes — it is not only important to use an egg-replacer, but to use the right one. Ingredients like flax seeds, chia seeds, and vital wheat gluten can help with binding. Extra baking powder can help with rising, and silken tofu, applesauce, mashed banana, and grated or pureed veggies can help with moisture and body.
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Kathy Patalsky is a blogger, author and photographer. Her website features creative vegan recipes. She is the author of 365 Vegan Smoothies (Spring 2013). She is also the founder of

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2 thoughts on “21 Common Cooking Mistakes: Vegan Edition!

  1. Kat says:

    Oh, I so laughed while I was reading this. I made most of these when I first became vegan. (Except I don’t drink coffee or eat/drink anything that has to do with coconuts, but I’m sure I would have made those mistakes to if I did.)

    I think you should add “Using silken tofu in place of firm tofu or vice-versa.” That was probably one of the funniest mistakes that I made, trying to pan fry slices of silken tofu and putting firm tofu in my smoothies…

    Needless to say, I learned my lesson quickly.

  2. Ben says:

    Thanks Kathy for the Tofu Press information, I’m sure that many people will find this most helpful…this is a common mistake…not pressing their tofu before cooking. Using a Tofu Press like EZ Tofu Press, available on Amazon for $19.99 plus shipping, takes the water out and improves the textur, in addition the tofu will marinate better! It also saves in waster paper towels!

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