I am always encouraging people to cook more at home and to
try new recipes. Unfortunately, when I talk with people about cooking, I hear
about too many unnecessary and preventable kitchen accidents and cannot stress
enough the importance of kitchen safety. In the archived show #18, from Oct.
10, 2005, there is an extensive list of kitchen safety tips that I would
encourage you to review. That list contains the hard and fast rules that my
family following in the kitchen. Here are a few more food and kitchen safety
tips to add to that list:
recommended temperature for your refrigerator is 40 degrees or under and 0
degrees for your freezer. There are ‘frig/freezer thermometers readily
available if you are unsure of the temperature.
- When you want
to refrigerate a hot dish, first cool it down with the lid ajar before you
put it in the refrigerator. If you put a hot dish in before it cools, it
will warm up the refrigerator, endangering everything else in there.
- If you spill
something on the floor, clean it up right away so no one will slip and
- Don't overload
circuits by using multiple plugs, extension cords or the like. Also, be
aware not to stretch an electrical cord (or anything else for that matter)
over a toaster or other hot appliance.
- Do not put hot
glass dishes on cold or wet surfaces....such as a hot coffee pot on a cold
surface. It will break almost every time
casserole dishes placed on hot stove burners may explode.
- Do not use a
damp/wet potholder to pick up something hot. The heat is transferred
quickly through the potholder and may cause a burn to your hand.
- Most kitchen
fires, and lots of the restaurants that burn down, burn because someone
started heating fat or oil and forgot about it. Before walking out of the
kitchen make it a habit to turn off the burner.
- If you take a
hot pan or a cover from the stove and put it on a counter, leave a hot pad
on the hot lid or utensil as a warning to the others in the kitchen that it
is hot (let everyone know what this means). In the restaurant business, many
kitchens put a dusting of flour on the utensil as a warning that it is hot.