Never Burn Stuff in the Oven Ever Again

October 27, 2015

Yes, everybody makes basic cooking mistakes. Like, say, something as simple as overcooking mushrooms or toasting grains and spices. Below, reader Kerry Marie Evans confesses to burning pre-baked pizza to a crisp to associate food editor Rick Martinez. Here’s Martinez’s advice for making sure it never happens again. Welcome to Effed it Up.

Dear Rick, protector of pre-baked pizza,

I purchased two pre-made—but bake-it-yourself—pizzas and baked them in the oven on two racks. We kept smelling something burning, but when I looked in the oven, the pizza still wasn’t finished. When I took out what I thought was the…