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