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Old 04-08-2005, 09:21 AM   #1
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Unhappy Kitchen Disasters

I guess this would fall into general chit chat.
Does anyone have any nasty kitchen accidents to share?
Just wondering as Crewsk was talking about her daughter getting superglued to the kitchen floor. Stories can be from a commercial or home kitchen, and why not, they can be about you or someone you know.

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Old 04-08-2005, 09:33 AM   #2
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ChefWhite, 2 things come to mind really fast!!

1- As most everyone on here knows now, never ever fry bacon in a bikini!!! I stupidly did that once & let's just say, hot popping grease hurts!!

2- Make sure chicken livers are completely thawed before you fry them! I was frying some once & was down to the last batch when one of the larger ones exploded becaus it was still partially frozen in the center. It sent hot oil up to cover my right thumb(I was taking some out of the fryer when it happened). I dropped my slotted spoon on the floor & ran to the sink to run cold water over my hand. When I went back to unplug the deep fryer, I stepped on the spoon & fell. Luckly the ice in the chicken liver must have cooled the oil down enough to where it didn't burn me badly(in combination of getting it under cold water fast). I used aloe on my thumb & the only damage I had was just a little skin pelling off, no worse than a sunburn.

So, as you can see, I have very bad luck with hot grease. I try to stay away from it as much as possible. My in-laws did give me a deep fryer with a lid for Christmas & I love that thing!! I don't have to worry about getting burnt with popping grease as much.
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Old 04-08-2005, 09:42 AM   #3
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Mmm bacon and bikinis. Every mans fantasy.

I was taking out the black garbage bins to do a bin run one night at a restaurant in Nelson Bay NSW (aus) and found out to my dismay there was broken glass in it, when I lifted it up to toss it into the wheely bin and it tore a chunk out of my wrist. The tear was about 2 inches long and and an inch wide and a whole bunch of skin was dangling off. The glass tore through two arteries and blood was going all over the place. Lucky for me though I got 8 stitches two weeks paid 'holiday' and a free tetnous shot.

When I went to the hospital to get it stiched up the nurses saw my chef uniform and rolled their eyes. The doctor was a classic though, he was telling me about his highschool years and that he played Doctor FrankFurter (From Rocky Horror Picture Show) . I layed there getting stiched together as he quoted "Come up to the lab and see whats on the slab."
Apparently some stupid new waitstaff member was unaware that broken glass goes in the bucket provided, not the plastic bag.
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Old 04-08-2005, 09:53 AM   #4
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I just thought of another stupid thing I did once!(WOW that's a shock )Anyway, when hubby & I moved into our first house I decided to cook a ham for supper. It was the first one I ever coked & it came out perfectly!! I was so happy! Well, I was cutting the ham & I reached under my right hand, which was holding the knife at the top of the ham, to get a pice of meat that had fallen on the cutting board. My right hand slipped & I jerked my left hand back just in time to slide the knife blade across the heel of my hand & filet it. It took 6 stiches. I was just glad that I didn't bleed on the ham!!
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Ow, can't say I've ever cut myself bad with a knife, certainly not enough to require stitches. but I have seen other people do it. I worked with a guy who liked to flick croutons in the air with the tip of his Cooks knife. Silly thing to do, he accidently cut himself while flinging the croutons about and he's lucky he didn't bleed into my salad prep, or I would have smacked him one. He was arlight though after a couple of stitches and a needle and thread for his jacket. haha
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I have 2 stories, but they didn't happen to me personally

My mother was cooking one time when her entire pot (It was the kind that was a type of dark glass, Visionwear I think) exploded and a piece of the glass cut a main artery in her wrist. I was the oldest child at the time and had just gotten my permit. I hadn't even really driven yet, but my mom was yelling at my younger sister and brother to get into the c...ar and then throwing the keys at me. I was so frightened, shaking the whole way hoping my mom wouldn't loose too much blood and pass out on me and then worring about completely crashing tha c...ar with everyone in it. But, everything turned out ok and when we got back home she threw out all of her pots and bought new ones that were not the glass style.

A few years ago my BF decided to try and boil an egg in the microwave. I was in the other room and hear a loud pop. The egg exploded everywhere and shorted out the microwave. He was cursing and yelling at the microwave like it was the microwave's fault; I couldn't stop laughing. We now look back on it and laugh together. We also laugh at the time that his guiness that he was making exploded all over my kitchen. We're talking it was dripping off the ceiling and down the walls. It took weeks to get the smell out.
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Originally Posted by ChefWhite
Does anyone have any nasty kitchen accidents to share?
Sugar burns and cuts with a serated knives.

I saw a guy's hand fall on top of a fresh creme brulee. Next day the whole top of his hand was all blistered. Sugar+heat...nasty stuff!
And cuts with serated knives. I've seen nasty ones. These are NOT clean cuts, more like getting chewed up by a shark. Yuck.
Kitchen uniforms have been around for a long time. One of the reasons for those baggy pants is in case you spill something hot on yourself, you can pull the pants away from your skin to keep yourself from getting a 3rd degree burn.
Clogs are de riguer in the kitchen cause they help you stand allllllllllllll day and if you spill something hot on your shoes, you can take the shoes off very quickly without getting burns in your feet.
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Amen mate. Chef uniforms aren't a fashion statement, they're made that way for a reason. I can't stand it when people work in a kitchen not dressed appropriately. Or when they do things that are obvisouly unsafe and will hurt them,
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Unhappy Kitchen Disasters

Perhaps we can have a new area for kitchen mishaps.
I have been cooking since I was about 10 and have not had many kitchen disasters until recently. I got my double boiler stuck because I did not remove the top pot soon enough when I was done melting chocolate. I tried to reheat the pot and it launched the top pot straight up. My stainless steel microwave door above the stove was dented as well as my head when the pot hit it. I understand why it happened (pressure) and really feel stupid. From now on I will use a bowl over a pot so this can't happen again.
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Old 11-12-2005, 10:26 AM   #10
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I certainly can't top that, but mine was very embarrassing. My mother in law lived with us the last year of her life. She had cancer and didn't feel like doing anything in the kitchen, but enjoyed watching me cook and keeping me company. We were having quite a few people for dinner(a reunion type thing) and I was making a great number of side dishes, among them potato salad, and a fruit salad. One was on the counter to the left of the sink, the other on the right side of the sink. I started to make the fruit salad and mistakenly emptied the coconut in the potato salad. I picked and picked and never did get all the small bits out of it. Everyone kept asking "what is the different taste in this salad"? Nobody wanted my recipe!!
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