Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Friendly Neighbourhood Reminder: Be Careful Out There....More Confessions From a Little Kitchen

Those of us who spend a lot of time in the kitchen sometimes get a little careless.  It is so easy for us to think that just because we have done something a million times it will all work out.  We seem to test fate too often then get burned....literally!!  Tonight while making sweet potatoe fries, I burned three fingers on one hand in the oil in the pan then proceeded to burn the back of my other hand while attempting to turn the fries over!!!  The term dumbass comes to mind.  What was I thinking?  To be quite frank, I wasn't.  I became too careless and nonchalant and bad things happened.  To make things worse, Hubby was standing right there telling me to be careful and ask me what the hell I was thinking.....I was such a dumbass tonight!  Hubby sweetly pointed out that I do seem to hurt myself quite a bit in the kitchen....and he is only referring to the injuries he actually knows about!
One memory that pops into mind is when I purchased my first real professional knife!!  I cut myself just in front of the sales clerk right after she took it out of the display case!  If I recall I had three cuts by the time I made the purchase....I still use and love that knife.  We now know how to respect each other!
Tonight's post is dedicated to safety....just a friendly neighbourhood reminder to look after ourselves and our loved ones in the kitchen.
  • When adding items to a preheated, oil filled pan OR needing to flip the contents of a pan in the oven: Remove the pan from the oven and place on a safe place on the counter, then do your work.  Tonight I burned my hand on the top of a 400degree oven trying to flip the sweet potatoe fries over while the pan was still in the oven!!!!
  • Turn the handles of your pans towards the middle of the stove so they are not hanging over the edge.  This way no one will knock the handles and the hot pot off the stove or onto themselves.
  • Keep a box of baking soda on hand to douse flames.  (an extinguisher for the kitchen is also recomended)
  • Keep your counter clear of clutter and put things in their storage spots as soon as they are cleaned and you aren't using them.  In my little kitchen I have a bad habit of stacking things on the side to 'put away later'....the other day I killed my glass blender jar when my elbow knocked it off the counter.  It crashed to floor and exloded into a million pieces....of course I was in my bare feet.  My son kindly brought me a pair of shoes so I could get on with the clean up....no blood shed that day but now I need a new blender!
  • Blendy the blender is sadly missed...because I am a dumb ass

  • Tie long hair back....not only for the sake of cleanliness but when I was in middle school and in woodshop, they showed a safety video of a girl with long hair using a lathe.....enough said.
  • Always use the safety grip when using your mandoline....Yes I am guilty of using the mandoline 'just to get the vegetable to the a certain point, then I will use the safety'....Yes there was blood and yes, it was mine and yes, it was the tip of my finger....yes, I am a dumbass... 
So tonight I have established that I have dumbass tendencies in the kitchen...I have learned from my mistakes tonight but I am sure I will get careless again.  Thanks for reading and be careful out there!

As I go along, I will post more safety tips...Please feel free to add any confessions of you own or safety tips.

1 comment:

  1. ok, it sounds as if your a little accident prone, but I like the fact that you hang in there and keep trying..that shows great spirit!


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