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Old 02-16-2006, 05:33 PM   #11
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Very interesting. Frankly I never thought about this, and I always cook with my ring on. Then again, as I look back on how I cook for others, I wash my hands including under and around the ring frequently. Especially when hand mixing things, I wash over, under, and around the ring. My ring comes off fairly easily, and the soap makes it that much easier.

My only catch that I can think of now is that my ring has 5 small diamonds totaling 1/4 karat. I wouldn't want to chomp down on one of those if it fell out!

Hmmmmm, maybe I ought to remove the ring as well, or at least get a solid band . . . . . . .
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Old 02-16-2006, 06:20 PM   #12
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no rings, hands washed, side sink or small plastic bucket with soapy water for a quick clean up. Hands are the best cooking tool there is!
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Old 02-16-2006, 06:29 PM   #13
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I'm all for using hands for cooking and tasting....It's just the rings that bother me...no matter how much one washes, there's stuff underneath, or, the rings get gucked up. Oh well, just a bugaboo of mine....I'm sure all will do whatever they've been doing, as will I....LOL.....thanks everyone for your input
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Old 02-16-2006, 06:45 PM   #14
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I used to take my rings off. Then one night when I was having a beer and making fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, I did something really dumb.
After I was finished dealing with the meal, I reached up onto the windowsill to put my ring back on, and found a beer tab. My husband immediately dumped the garbage can out onto a plastic bag, and I picked my ring out of the potato peelings. Ooops!

I constantly wash my hands while cooking. My rings consist of a one karat oval solitaire and plain band, so there's not a lot to catch germs.
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Old 02-16-2006, 08:10 PM   #15
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Depends on just what I'm fixing, anything ground like sausage or meat loaf or some sort of tuna or chicken patty,or bread dough, I take off my rings,cleaning rings is not as easy as cleaning my hands. The rest of the time I leave them on. But to be honest, I'm not sure which makes me feel worse ...Rings on or someone cooking with a cigarette hanging out of their mouth with long ashes getting ready to fall

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Old 02-16-2006, 08:18 PM   #16
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The cooking shows are famous for do as I say, not as I do type things though. How many of them handle raw chicken and then touch everything in the kitchen and never wash anything. Drives me crazy!
Ugh.. that drives me crazy too!
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Old 02-16-2006, 08:53 PM   #17
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I will admit that I leave my ring on. It's a carved band, no stones or setting. I wash my hands constantly while cooking.

Now, many places, especially bakeries, will only allow employees to wear ONE ring, a plain wedding band. No necklaces, or earrings. I think of that as extreme, but, if something falls out, the food is ruined.
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Old 02-16-2006, 10:14 PM   #18
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The last time I took my rings off to mix up hamburger someone stole my wedding band - of course they aren't invited back ...so I still take my rings off to mix stuff (most times anyway but especially with hamburger).
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Old 02-16-2006, 11:59 PM   #19
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I never wear my ring at work; it's platinum and has a matte finish so it gets really scratched easily. The first month that I had it I took it back to the shop 4 times to get it polished and they told me that if I kept doing it, the metal would eventually wear down.

That being said, I very rarely use my hands to mix anything. I almost always use a pair of tongs, a slotted mixing spoon, etc. Partly for sanitation but mainly because I don't want to be wiping and washing my hands every time I finish mixing or prepping something. If it's an item that can cause cross contamination, then sure. But the safest way is just to not use your hands period. In all of the kitchens I worked in, you never see people mixing things with their hands as often as you do on television. If they are, most of the time they are wearing (or should be wearing) disposable latex gloves.
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Old 02-17-2006, 03:56 AM   #20
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I haven't worn rings since last summer, but I've always taken them off when I've done any cooking. I don't like the idea of the bacteria that is trapped under the bands. And I almost always clip my hair up also, cannot stand the thought of hair hanging over the food and falling in. Yuck!
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