All the Times We Accidentally Set Food (and Ourselves) on Fire


We’ve all been there: You’re in the middle of a casual weeknight stir-fry, getting your Spotify Discover playlist on when your phone dings. It’s a private snapchat message (YAY), and you’re obviously not going to not respond, so you fire up the selfie-mode camera to shoot a quick video. Next thing you know, you’ve spent 7 minutes playing with the “puking rainbows” filter and…wait. Is something burning? Is something on fire? Does it feel really warm in here? Wait, is the stir-fry on fire? ARE YOU ON FIRE? While the details may look a little different, we’ve all set something on fire once or twice—and not in the flambé way.

Here are our best (worst) stories of a good meal going up in flames.

“In college, I once had the brilliant idea to broil the top of a frozen chicken pot pie that I had just finished cooking in the oven. I can’t explain why I was so intent on getting fancy with my Stouffer’s, but I set the broiler and the timer for three minutes—not realizing the whole thing would go up in flames in under one. Whether by coincidence or divine intervention, that was the only apartment I’ve ever lived in that came with a fire extinguisher.” —Christina Chaey, associate web editor

What exactly did you mean by “flame-broiled”? Photo: Michael Graydon & Nikole Herriott

“One time I was home alone, broiling a piece of salmon for dinner. I had dotted the top with coconut oil, which, under the heat, quickly pooled off the sides. Something smelled off, so I opened the broiler to see the salmon engulfed in flames (the oil basically created an easily-ignited ring around the fish). Though I consider myself a relatively capable person, I realized that I wasn’t really sure what to do. I …read more

Source:: Bon Appetit