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Old 02-15-2012, 12:07 AM   #1
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You Gotta Touch the Stove to Learn They Say

I made duck breasts tonight.

The general method is low heat in a nonstick pan on the stove until they render then flip and stick them in the oven at about 400F.

I was doing too much at one time, and got distracted by a shiny. After putting the breasts aside and tenting with foil to rest them I noticed more fat in the pan. I had already drained the pan before it went in the oven (mmmmmm.... duck fat) and wanted to see if there was enough to worry with.

I grabbed the handle of the pan... &@)*@#(&@_)*&&%@^#^&@(#& that hurt.

Lesson learned: Don't do that.

I had my grill gloves inside because the last time I did this I was using pot holders and it was awkward. Light Bulb! Bring in my heavy grill gloves and don't worry about it. I forgot to put them back on before I grabbed the handle.

Lesson learned: Don't do that.

I think I will be ok.
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Old 02-15-2012, 12:25 AM   #2
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Bummer. I hope it heals fast. I'll you remember "Don't do that." for several years.
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Old 02-15-2012, 12:44 AM   #3
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I remember the first and one of the only few times I cooked on an electric stove. I didn't believe the burner was hot. I put my hand over it and there was no heat. I touched it. Yep, it was hot. I had to drive to the drug store and found this amazing salve called Butesin Picrate. It has an anesthetic component. I keep it on hand all the time now and I'm fortunate that I've mostly learned my lesson.

Now if only I can remember to not climb on the stove....
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Old 02-15-2012, 03:07 AM   #4
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I did the same thing once years ago and now every handle is treated like it is hot!

Did you have that split second where you know it is hot yet you do not put it down?

I did, very odd!

I hope it heals quickly!

Live and learn.
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Old 02-15-2012, 03:57 AM   #5
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It's nice to have a few Aloe Vera plants handy. Got my first lesson with a hot wood-fired cook stove when I was four years old. Lucky I was not burnt by my adventures with a coal-fired hot water heater when I was three.
I use fire place or welder's gloves or a folded towel; wife prefers pot holders.
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Old 02-15-2012, 07:47 AM   #6
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Yup, it sure leaves a burning impression. I will never forget my own personal experience!
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Old 02-15-2012, 07:55 AM   #7
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Don't feel bad. We all do it. I have seen many an experienced cook/chef burn himself. Usually everybody gets a bit of a snicker out of it until it is one of them a week later.......
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:01 AM   #8
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You've got plenty of company. Just 2 days ago, I turned on the oven for a meatloaf, noticed the foil at the bottom was due to be replaced and promptly tried to lift the heating element to remove the foil. You'd think I'd have learned by now.

No real damage done, but geez!
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:09 AM   #9
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When I pull a hot pan out of the oven, I leave the potholder/towel draped over the handle until the pan is cool enough to handle. Works for me.
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:12 AM   #10
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As the scars on the back of my hands attest, if you cook a lot, you make these idiotic mistakes.

One time I looked at Mom's hand and saw a burn. I immediately knew, by looking at her hand, that she'd burned it because she tried to wipe out her self-cleaning oven before it cooled. And she wonders why we think she can be a little anal?
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