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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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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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 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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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 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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Some Like It Hot

Pepper stand at market in Texas, with Scoville scale – By WhisperToMe via Wikimedia Commons A home chef has to be careful about what type of pepper he/she plucks from the supermarket or grocer’s shelf. Not all peppers are created equal. In fact, some peppers are actually sizzling hot, just like Marilyn Monroe. Below is … Continued

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Never Saute Hot Peppers In A Frying Pan

Here’s something they don’t teach you in school – never saute hot peppers in a frying pan. Well, unless you’re feeling adventurous and you want to experience the feeling of toxic pepper fumes burning your eyes, nose, throat, and hand. In that case, prepare your goggles and gloves! Seriously though, sauteing hot peppers in a … Continued

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