Good times in the kitchen
Cooking up a storm? Here are our top tips
on how to do it while keeping yourself safe
Safety comes first
Cooking isn’t all fun and games. From open flames to sharp knives and electric appliances, there are tons of risks.
So make sure you stick to these core safety rules to keep yourself out of danger:
- Keep long sleeves rolled up at all times so they don’t snag on pot handles or catch on fire
- Tie back long hair and take off long, dangling jewelry so they don’t get caught in kitchen equipment
- Don’t cut raw fruit or vegetables with the same cutting boards raw meat to prevent food poisoning
- Wear puncture or cut-resistant gloves to protect your fingers when cutting and chopping
- Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after handling raw foods
- Clean up floor spills immediately to avoid slips and falls
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Chop, slice, and dice like a pro
Knife handling is the most thrilling and dangerous part of cooking. But the better your knife handling skills, the easier, faster, and safer you’ll cook.
So whenever you pick up a knife, first be sure you have a firm grip on the handle and that the blade is sharp, because dull knives slip more easily when cutting.
Keep your fingers out of the way of the knife blade at all times by holding the food with as few fingertips as possible. For the fingers you’re not using, curl them under into your palm to protect them as you chop away.
Getting your kids involved
Kids love helping out in the kitchen. But before you let them loose they need to be just as aware of basic kitchen safety rules as you are.
But there are some extra safety measures kids need to take while learning how to cook. Such as making sure they turn pot and pan handles away from the front of the cooktop to avoid getting knocked off.
An adult should always be around to offer help when needed, especially when lighting a flame or turning on the oven to avoid the risk of burns.
Sharp knives and blades should be stored out-of-reach at the back of a drawer or in a knife block. And if they’re still learning how to chop and dice, get them wearing cut-proof kitchen gloves to help them get confident in their food prep and cooking skills.