Hibachi

A Hibachi Incident

A sizzling hot hibachi grill Did you hear about the actress Tori Spelling? She was having a meal with her family in a Japanese restaurant when she tripped and fell onto a sizzling hot hibachi grill. It was reported she sustained deep second- and third-degree burn injuries requiring hospitalization and surgery. [1] From the viewpoint … Continued

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raw-chicken

To Wash, or Not to Wash?

To wash, or not to wash? That is the question. You might think that washing chicken before cooking it is a good idea. But what you could be actually doing is spreading Campylobacter all over the kitchen. Here’s an infographic found on www.safefood.eu that shows why you should not wash raw chicken. http://www.safefood.eu/Food-Safety/Don-t-Wash-Raw-Chicken/Facts.aspx According to … Continued

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Burns

Kitchen Burns and Scalds

Ever been so distracted that you forgot you’re only wearing a pad or mitt on one hand but not the other? Most of the time, we don’t think before we act. We’re so used to the routine of cooking that we let our mind wander. The next thing you know, you burned your hand on … Continued

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Sprain

Sprains and Strains in the Kitchen

Have you noticed that tingling and numbing sensation on your hand or wrist after chopping vegetables? Doesn’t feel good, does it? Well, it’s caused by the pinching of a nerve in the wrist by muscle ligaments. Home chefs who do repetitive work like chopping, mincing, or mixing tend to have hand and wrist pains. The … Continued

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Chestnut

Chestnut Explosions in the Kitchen

♪ Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping on your nose ♫ That song certainly brings back memories. Well, memories of evading exploding chestnuts that is. If you’re not careful, chestnuts will be flying straight at your face. They may be one of the best winter snacks, but chestnuts can actually cause injuries … Continued

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chickens

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Ocean to China?

Why did the chicken cross the road…err… ocean to China? Let’s ask the United States Department of Agriculture, shall we? Some of you may already know that the USDA has agreed to allow American raw homegrown chickens to travel halfway around the world to China for processing before returning to the U.S. for retail consumption. … Continued

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kitchen

Top Chef Kitchens

The Wall Street Journal recently (Sept. 18, 2015, Sect. M) featured “The Global Chef at Home,” which described and showed photos of the home kitchens of four-star superstar personality chefs—in New York, London, Bangkok and Copenhagen—and other top homes with great kitchens designs, looks and appliances. Featured chef home kitchens are those of Rachael Ray, … Continued

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Tenderized_meat

Tenderized Meat = E. coli Infection?

Tenderizing beef makes the meat easier to chew. But is it safe? Before you buy mechanically tenderized meat in the supermarket, or use hand pounders and home tenderizer machines on your meat, there’s something you should know. The tenderizing process actually drives surface contaminants, including E. coli, deeper into the meat so cooking is less … Continued

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A Brush With Death

A Brush With Death

A wire bristle brush used to clean grills Did you know that the wires on a grill-cleaning brush bristle can sometimes break off and find their way into food? Who would have thought that cleaning up the grill can be hazardous to your health? Before you take a bite out of that juicy meat your … Continued

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