Avoid Common Kitchen Accidents

by in How-to, January 24th, 2012

Did you know that the fifth most-common finger cut can happen while you split a bagel? It’s got a name too: BRI, or bagel-related injury. Sometimes avoiding these kitchen problems is easier said than done, so here are a few tips to help you navigate your kitchen more safely.

1. Safely Split a Bagel
Lay it flat on a work surface while pressing down with one hand to keep it steady with your fingers splayed upward and out of harm’s reach. Hold a sharp serrated bread knife in your other hand and slice the bagel horizontally, keeping the knife parallel to the work surface.

2. Wipe Up Spills Immediately
Always keep dishrags handy while you’re cooking in the kitchen and toss one over a spill you might not have time for at the moment as a visual reminder — and clean it up as soon as you have time.

3. Watch Sharp Objects
Keep items with sharp, pointy ends in dishwasher utensil bins or on the countertop — in plain sight — until they’re ready to be washed.

4. Stabilize Your Cutting Board
A wobbly cutting board can be dangerous when working with a knife. Put a damp paper towel or dishrag under your board to hold it steady.

5. Avoid Chile Pepper Pain
Chopping and handling chile peppers can result in their natural oils burning your fingers.  If you don’t have rubber gloves handy, coat your hands with vegetable oil before working with them. Immediately wash your hands afterward. If you feel the sting coming on, dip your hands in a dairy product or rinse them with lemon juice.

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Comments (5)

  1. Christine says:

    worst article. To cut a bagel safely: start out as described above. When you’re knife is almost halfway through turn the bagel vertically so the knife is safely facing the counter and can’t slip and cut your palm. Clearly you haven’t cut your fair share of bagels. Perhaps the author isn’t a New Yorker. Also, use ketchup on burns immediately. Better advice than #2-5.

    • danielle says:

      its not ketchup idiot its mustered u havent had a fair share of burns worst article your the worst artical and perhaps new yorkers arent the best eaters because bagales are calorie paced

  2. jeri says:

    I bought one of those bagel slicers that Ron Poppel (sp) sells on TV! Works great, never have to worry about cutting your hand or fingers, and the knife that comes with it is VERY sharp!!!! I wouldn't recommend oil to cut chile peppers, makes them slippery and more risk for cutting yourself. Just wash up good after cutting. Perhaps the author doesn't have much kitchen experience or she (he) wouldn't recommend using oil to cut chile peppers to create a dangerous situation!!!!

  3. Sarah Putnam says:

    I will remember these tips when I cook next time.

  4. Jess Ng says:

    These tips are very helpful! Thankx!

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