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Old 08-27-2007, 02:18 PM   #1
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Worst Kitchen Accidents!

I saw this as a proposed topic, so I thought I would begin it. What's your worst kitchen accident (home or professional)?

For me, it would be when I was a cook in the Army. I had just been assigned to my permanent duty station, and I was at the fryer cooking some french fries for the short order line. Well, the metal hook at the end of the basket was pinched together a little, so it wasn't very easy to get it to latch on. I'm sure you can see what's coming next. I tried to hang the basket up using the catch, but it slid right past it and splashed down in the hot grease, which sprayed all over me.

Fortunately, I had my wits about me. I took off my apron and ran over to the sink and put all splashed areas under cold running water. My quick thinking got me away with only first degree burns.

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Old 08-27-2007, 02:37 PM   #2
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My first one I was slicing meat on a meat slicer for the first time some how I managed to nick my little finger I learned then to slice using handle.Second one was at the same place I was trying to slice tomatoes with one of those big long slicing knives meant to slice roasts I ended up cutting the end of my thumb off.This also the same place I was lifting a big pot off the overhead pot rack and the giant heavy hook also came off hitting me in the head now that really hurt had a big bump my hair feel out on the bump a few days later.I was really young at the time.I have more doozies to tell but will save for later.
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Old 08-27-2007, 02:51 PM   #3
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Iíve got many! Iíve always been a bit accident prone and wonder why Iím still alive sometimes!

This one isn't so much about injury but rather about a total flop. Many moons ago I had just moved to town for a job, and had a nice little two bedroom apartment on the second floor. I wanted to learn how to grill, so I bought a little Hibachi I could use on the front porch without taking up too much room. It was the first grill I had ever bought or even used. To christen it, I decided to grill some beef ribs. My brother and his wife were visiting, and they had recently had a son, Brian, my nephew. He was under a year old at the time. He was just learning to walk and did a lot of crawling (no, he doesnít get hurt in this story!).

My brother and his wife had to run to the store, and the asked me to watch Brian while they were gone. I agreed. It should be obvious at this point, I knew nothing about grilling. I had one of those adjustable gates in the hallway to keep Brian from getting too close to the front door and porch where I was grilling the ribs. As you might imagine, the beef ribs were very fatty, and dripped a lot of grease on the hot (too hot) coals in the Hibachi. It was smokey at first, and then the flare ups started. I was beginning to panic and tried moving the ribs around, but there really isnít anywhere to move them on a Hibachi. I tried holding them up one at a time till the fire subsided, and then the smoke alarm in the hallway near the front door went off.

It was LOUD, and it made Brian (my nephew) freak out and start screaming his head off. He had a powerful set of lungs. I put the ribs back on the Hibachi and tried to calm Brian down, but nope, the fire detector was too loud and he was only getting louder while the fire was getting bigger. I closed the front door and decided to ignore the ribs. I waved my arms around wildly but could not get the smoke detector to turn off. In a panic, with Brian screaming furiously, I jumped up and grabbed the smoke detector and tried to rip it from the ceiling. It came down, but turns out that it was a wired unit (not battery operated). So it just hung there from the ceiling and was STILL going off.

Frantic, I jumped up and swatted it once more, this time it came free of the wires holding it and became silent. But the force of the blow sent it flying into the nearby wall where it bounced back and hit me square in the forehead. It cut me, but I didnít know it had. So I go to Brian, and am trying to calm him down. The apartment is still smokey and Brian is still screaming. As Iím leaning over him to pick him up, I drip blood from my forehead onto his forehead. That freaked me out, so I touched my forehead and came back with blood on my hand. I picked up Brian and began walking to the bathroom when the front door opened and a new blast of smoke entered the room along with my brother and his wife.

So there I was standing in smoke with a destroyed detector at my feet, wires hanging from the ceiling, the front porch glowing with the light of the flaming ribs, as I held my screaming nephew and both of us with bloody foreheads. It was a sight that caused my brotherís wife to nearly faint.

Needless to the say, the ribs went in the trash and we ordered pizza.
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Thanks for sharing Keltin, I could visualize the whole scene as you told it !!!
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Old 08-27-2007, 03:39 PM   #5
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Keltin,

That sounds like it was written for a sit-com!
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Old 08-27-2007, 03:47 PM   #6
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How long before your brother and his wife "allowed" you to be left alone again with Brian?
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How long before your brother and his wife "allowed" you to be left alone again with Brian?
Actually, it was quite a while. Somehow saying, ďOh donít worry, itís just my bloodĒ in the middle of that flaming turmoil didnít make her feel a lot better.
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A great story well told.

Good grief, you really ARE a klutz!
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Good grief, you really ARE a klutz!
Told ya'!!!
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Old 08-28-2007, 12:02 AM   #10
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For me, everytime I cook, something falls, my doing or not, it just falls. Knives, something hot or cold, clean or dirty. Usually some food hits the ground and my dog has a feast, unless it's bad for him so I chuck it out. Anyways, they're ordinary. So, now knowing me and keltin are well klutzes lol (no offence keltin), here's my story. No, nothing got burned. I was grating cheese, using a manual cheese grater, found at any ordinary dollar shop or kitchen store or even Sears or Walmart. As I was grating I way, I knicked myself a few times, nothing drastic, just a cut or two, sizes of a paper cut. I ignored the knicks as I grated the cheese. It was getting fairly small, but too large to toss to my dog, so I kept grating it. Being rather annoyed by the knicks, I grated with more force and felt a sharp pain, grated it a few more times then the pain was rather immense. I dropped the cheese so my dog could have it and be happy. I looked and was horrified. As you all can probably guess, the grater did a number on my hand. My finger was grated and what I think was the bone could be seen.

Now I know to be careful with graters...

Another, rather common one is for a cooking tool to take a plunge to the floor. This case, it was a butcher's knife. I just finished chopping up some celery to go in with a saucepan with some onions, so I gently tossed the knife. Well, apparently I didn't toss it well enough. Just before I could take the celery into the saucepan, the knife went straight down to my foot. For the record, I was wearing sandals, so I had no socks on. The knife went to my foot. It wasn't as bad as the cheese grater but while complaining, the onions got nicely crisp, still usable.

Many others with stuff falling. As a fellow employee at a restaurant where I work says, who is also rather clumsy, "**** falls, so let the **** fall. Don't make a fuss. If it isn't in you, then it doesn't matter." That's about the time where it is kicked somewhere.
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