I have a problem. I am addicted to Pinterest. Seriously. I pin at work (it's ok, it's my job!), I pin at home, I pin on my phone when there is no computer around. Then when I'm done pinning I cook some of the Pinterest recipes on my food board. If you haven't been on Pinterest, the best way to describe it is a virtual bulletin board. You browse pictures and then "Pin" the ones you want on your pin board. Once you see how many amazing recipes and food ideas are on Pinterest, you'll understand why I love it so much.
One problem with Pinterest recipes is that sometimes the image on Pinterest compared to how your food actually turns out is like the difference between a fast food cheeseburger on TV and the one you actually get from the drive-thru. For example, when you want to make this:
And it turns out like this:
From Pinterest Fails.
In fact, whole websites have cropped up based on Pinterest fails, but don't worry, succesful Pinterest execution can and does happen. Here are some examples of Pinterest food ideas that I attempted and succesfully created.
From the blog Veggie Belly.
Not bad right? After conquering this project, I decided to up the level of difficulty.
From the Serious Eats blog.
This Crunchy Mustard Baked Salmon tastes as good as it looks too!
How do you avoid a Pinterest fail? Here are some tips.
Make sure there IS a recipe. Sometimes if the pins weren't put up right, they don't lead to a recipe, so click on the pin and make sure before you get your heart set on the making it.
Read the reviews/comments. See what other people have to say about the recipe, both on Pinterest and on the website where the pin is from. Sometimes others have helpful tips about what they would do differently the next time they make it.
If it doesn't turn out perfectly, don't sweat it! Many of the recipes on Pinterest are from blogs and websites that have professional recipe developers, photographers and food stylists. As long as it tastes delicious, no one will mind if it doesn't look perfect.
Have you made any recipes that you found on Pinterest? How did it go?