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TheDailyMeal: Common Mistakes That You May Be Making in the Kitchen

Not Letting Your Meat Rest After Cooking

To help you get up to speed on what you could be doing wrong in the kitchen, we asked cooking expert Erika Monroe-Williams what she thought were frequent mistakes home cooks make, and how to fix them. As "The Hopeless Housewife" and a contestant on ABC’s "The Taste," Monroe-Williams has spent plenty of time in the kitchen, and plenty of time helping others fix their cooking woes.

"Allowing your meat to rest for that much-needed cooling-off time allows the juices to be distributed more evenly and not run out onto the cutting board [like they would] if you were to cut into it immediately," says Monroe-Williams. "Let steaks and chicken rest for at least five minutes, and whole roasts and birds could rest 20 to 30 minutes. Cover meat with foil while it's resting."

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