I recently went to a wedding where the bride bragged that she had come up with her wedding reception theme all by herself, and that she just felt “inspired” to do something that hadn’t been done before. It took all I had to call her out on it (actually I couldn’t call her out on it because I was gagging on the hors d’oeuvres).
A Big Fat Lie
I knew it was a big fat lie because I happen to be friends with her on numerous social media platforms, including following many of her pins on Pinterest. It was pretty clear that her “My Perfect Wedding” Board was very similar to many of the decorations and designs she had at her wedding. Now I’m all about getting inspiration from Pinterest, but don’t take all the credit, and most of all, don’t trust all the recipe’s posted. I’m willing to bet there are people out there who intentionally put up bad recipes just because they are sick in the head. I also believe there are a lot of people who have lost their sense of taste.
Don’t Trust These on Pinterest
I will admit that I re-pin things on Pinterest based strictly on the picture and not necessarily on the content below the picture. I have also had the wonderful experience of taking a recipe I found online, and after a few hours of baking, throwing the whole thing away.
As a rule of thumb, you should avoid any recipe that contains the following words or ingredients. These are actual things I have found on Pinterest.
- Cousin Hal’s Favorite Tuna Casserole (Never trust your cousin’s recipe or anyone else’s cousin)
- Bubble Gum Fudge (or anything with bubble gum in it)
- A combination of the words corn, beef, cabbage, and casserole
- Anything with the words “Pulled Tuna” in the title
- Any treat that contains Cheetos in it
- Anything that combines meat with some kind of dessert (e.g. BBQ Pulled Pork Cinnamon Rolls)
- The combination of words: weird, wonderful, bologna, and cake (e.g. Weird and Wonderful Bologna Cake)
My biggest warning is DO NOT EVER MAKE ANYTHING WITH SUGAR-FREE HARIBRO GUMMY BEARS unless you want to have one of life’s most embarrassing (and painful) moments. Although I do highly suggest you go on Amazon on search for the reviews of sugar-free Haribro Gummy Bears if you want to cry from laughing so hard!
Who Can You Trust on Pinterest?
Yes there are a lot of bad recipes on Pinterest, but there are also a lot of good ones as well. There are three main things that will help you make the right recipe selection on Pinterest (and online).
- Use some common sense. If you’ve been around the kitchen long enough, you’ll know what makes sense or not. All good recipes begin and ends with your ingredients. Good ingredients will give you good results. Substituted ingredients or ingredients of poor quality will give you the reverse.
- Follow a trusted Brand. You already know and trust BOSCH (yes that was a shameless plug), but there are others out there too. Do a quick search for “Best Pinterest Recipes” and you will find some great ones, but you need to ALWAYS do the following (#3).
- Make it and taste it first. Sometimes a great recipe becomes a bad recipe when your skills or what you are using to cook with are different than the author of the recipe. More times than not, it’s not your skills, it’s your oven, or stove top, or mixer (unless you have a BOSCH Universal Plus Mixer – yes, another shameless plug). Even your altitude can affect your baking. So always plan on making the recipe first before dishing it out to others.
If you follow those three rules, you should be just fine. Of course you can always get our FREE recipe book, Homemade Matters just to be safe.
Remember, cooking good food is a great way to make others (and yourself) happy!
We would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below on other tips that would be helpful for others, or maybe you have a Pinterest recipe we should avoid.