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Just because you’re doing laidback warm-weather entertaining, there are still plenty of hazards in the kitchen. From fry oil burns to random knife slips, accidents will happen. And when they do, you need to take prompt action to minimize both down time and discomfort.
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Here are 7 kitchen accidents especially common in summer, with tips on how to minimize their effects, and help you keep your cool.
1. Fryer fail
Oil that’s hot enough to fry chicken is hot enough to fry you, too. Splatters, drips, splashes—they’re all potential hazards. When a burn happens, don’t despair. Be careful, and give our Mexican Fried Chicken recipe a shot!
2. Get back in the game
You gave your finger a minor slice cutting peaches for the cobbler, but you’re nowhere close to being done with party prep. You can soothe the injury while keeping busy. Make our Easy Peach Cobbler recipe for your next party!
3. Blade runner
Somebody leaves a knife in the dishwater without thinking, or you accidentally nick yourself dicing watermelon for gazpacho. Knife accidents happen. When they do, carry on, chef style. Get our Watermelon Gazpacho recipe.
4. Cook’s reward
After everybody’s had as many ribs as they can gnaw, the watermelon’s all sliced up, and you’ve made the last batch of margaritas, go ahead and enjoy yourself. Even if you’ve soldiered through a minor nick or burn, treat it properly, and get on with the party. Celebrate the fruits of your labor with our Watermelon Margarita and Smoked Barbecue Baby Back Ribs recipes.
5. In hot water
Boiling lobsters for lobster rolls, cooking corn on the cob, blanching beans for Niçoise salad: Even summer foods need to spend time in a boiling water. You’ll want immediate blister protection from sloshes and accidentally dunked fingers. Keep the summer entertaining with our New England Lobster Roll and Salad Niçoise recipes.
6. The slippery slope
Falls are the most common accidents in the kitchen: Somebody’s spilled and hasn’t wiped it up, or the dog’s left his chew toy smack dab in the path between fridge and grill, when your floor vision’s obstructed by a pan of kebabs. When bruises and minor sprains happen, turn off the heat under the grill pan, retreat to the family room sofa, and assess the situation. Ice down, put your ankle up, take some time to recover—don’t risk making your injury even worse by getting back on your feet too soon. When you’re back in the game, enjoy our Lemongrass Pork and Red Onion Kebabs.
7. The grate mistake
Salads with grated or paper-thin veggies are a summer staple. Unfortunately, so are shredded fingers from box graters and mandoline slicers. When boo-boos strike, take matters in hand. Wash, dry, and disinfect your cut, and properly protect it. Then, thoroughly wash and dry that grater or slicer. After that, you’ll be ready to carry on—perhaps more slowly this time, and with no distractions! Reach for grateness with our Classic Coleslaw!
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