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Old 08-28-2007, 07:16 AM   #11
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Back in 2005, I was using a sharp knife to cut butter...and managed to cut a good size chunk of my finger off.

It was about 1/2 the size of a dime. 7 stitches later, it is back on and doesn't have much feeling in it. It feels as if I stuck my finger in wax!!
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Old 08-28-2007, 07:57 AM   #12
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This didn't happen to me, but a dear friend. We were invited to have dinner with her and her dh. When we arrived she came to the door crying. Just before we arrived she turned the wrong unit on her stove and blew up a pecan pie she had placed on a back burner. The pieces flew all over the kitchen burning places in her floor, into the food she had already prepared, and even some pieces on her - only minor to her, thank goodness. I helped her clean up and suggested we just order pizza, but she quickly prepared salmon patties and baked potatoes. The salad was safe, it was in the fridge. This was the first time she had cooked for company in her new home.
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Old 08-28-2007, 08:41 AM   #13
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Oh, too funny. My worst happened last week. It's still too fresh and embarrassing to share. I'm afraid you'd all worry about my state of mind.
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Old 08-28-2007, 09:32 AM   #14
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Old 08-28-2007, 09:46 AM   #15
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Oh, too funny. My worst happened last week. It's still too fresh and embarrassing to share. I'm afraid you'd all worry about my state of mind.
Oh come on! Share please! I confessed I'm a klutz that has used beef ribs for firewood to smoke small children, so it can't be that bad for you!
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Old 08-28-2007, 09:55 AM   #16
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Well, I've got a few, and not all of them are mine. Heck, one is word-of-mouth from a former co-worker.

My co-worker had just completed AIT (?) for the US Army, and had reported to his first duty station, as a cook for an Artillery unit in Kansas. The Mess Sergeant told him to grease up the flat-top to get ready to start cooking breakfast. As he's doing this, he's watching a couple other cooks, one of whom is slicing ham on a rotary slicer (think Arby's). The other cook is standing there talking to the guy. This guy isn't using a guard, just running the ham across the slicer with his hand. As the third guy is watching, the guy slicing manages to slice off his fingertips.

At the country club I work at, about 6 years ago, we were getting ready for the usual Sunday Brunch, which included a mess of fried chicken. One of the cooks was pouring grease (those big 5-gallon plastic containers in a cardboard box) into the tilt skillet. He used two of those containers of grease, so there was 10 gallons. The only problem is, one of those containers was actually half water, half grease! How the heck did the water get in there???? To make matters worse, the cook actually turned the skillet ON! Ever seen a steam bubble so big that it fountains hot grease up 2' from the skillet/fryer? Luckily, we were able to close the lid on the tilt skillet and turn it off before anyone got hurt. We had to cordon off the area to prevent in future injuries, and just took twice as long to fry the chicken by cooking it in the two fryers on the line.

About 8 years ago, I was cutting some bread for croutons, using a serrated knife. I obviously wasn't paying very good attention to where my fingers were, as I managed to nearly remove my thumbtip from my thumb. Three stitches later, it's all healed up. Boy, did it throb for a couple days!

Don't ever drop a saucepan with a bunch of hot gravy in it. It will fountain up and fly quite a distance. I know, because I got hit in the face. It's hot and thick, so it sticks. I had some nice first-degree burns from that one. I did that when I was much younger, like 21 - 22, long before I decided to go pro.
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Old 08-28-2007, 11:03 AM   #17
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Oh, too funny. My worst happened last week. It's still too fresh and embarrassing to share. I'm afraid you'd all worry about my state of mind.

Aw come on Ive got more also after all we are only human Ive done some really dumb things myself.Once I accidently stuck my whole hand in a deep fryer at work that one hurt for weeks whenever I got warm water on it it.It was soo stupid I didn't even tell anyone at work.Believe me I have more some from me and some Ive seen other people do.
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Old 08-28-2007, 01:31 PM   #18
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Some of you have already heard about my " Bad Luck of the Irish" Thanksgiving Turkey Disaster. We were living in Egypt where they were no Butterball turkeys to buy. The year before I had made a local "runway model" turkey using a recipe that called for soaking a kitchen towel in olive oil and laying it over the marinated turkey. Well, it was absolutely so tender, moist and delicious. Of course you know what happens next--you are then made the cook for all the Thanksgiving dinners thereafter. So the following year, I layed a towel (washed many times, I might add, but was green checkered) over the turkey. After the first hour of baking I checked on Mr. Tom and was horrified to find the turkey swimming in the Emerald Sea. The turkey and the juices were completely green!!!!!!!! I couldn't believe it especially since the towel had been through the wash so many times. Maybe it was the soaking in the olive oil. All I could do was siphon off the green juices and blot dry the turkey. Incredibly it was still delicious and everyone had a good laugh over it even though Mr. Tom still looked a bit green around the gills. What a disaster!
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Old 08-28-2007, 02:10 PM   #19
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oh man, expatty, that's a great idea for a st. patrick's day feast. thanks!

2 of the worst kitchen ackies i've seen were from when i was a kid and worked the night shift in a burger king.

once, a bit of hazing was going on and some kid's wallet was being tossed around like monkey in the middle. the kid almost got it, when it bounced and fell into the deep fryer. without thinking, the kid thrust his hand into the hot oil to retrieve the wallet, burning himself badly half way up his arm.

the other time, a grease pencil somehow got into a microwave that was defrosting patties, and it turned into a grease rocket inside the nuker after a minute or so. the smoke that came out was disgusting, setting off the smoke alarms and the microwave had to be thrown out. the manager and the fire dept. weren't too happy about it.
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Old 08-28-2007, 03:06 PM   #20
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Oh come on! Share please! I confessed I'm a klutz that has used beef ribs for firewood to smoke small children, so it can't be that bad for you!
Sorry to tease!!
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