What's The Not So Smartest Thing You've Done In The Kitchen?

Decorating By PennySue Updated 10 Aug 2008 , 3:05pm by dee-lite

PennySue Posted 29 Jun 2007 , 1:56am
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I just read a post about someone putting a spoon in the mixer while it was mixing icon_surprised.gif . Did the same thing my self, sort of. Turned off the paddle and thought I could stop it from turning. Big mistake! Fingers and paddles do not mix icon_cry.gif . Also, melted tupperware in my old antique o'keefe and merrit stove which then caught on fire. Had to call the fire department for that one. (it was a long time ago icon_redface.gif !)I was just wondering if anybody else has also had a lapses in kitchen safety and learned a good lesson?

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vrmcc1 Posted 29 Jun 2007 , 2:07am
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Here's a good one. I had a knife on the side of the sink and turned on the garbage disposal and the knife vibrated off of sink and into the disposal and came shooting back at me (it was a big knife) thank god I ducked quick!!

maryjsgirl Posted 29 Jun 2007 , 2:30am
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I had a run in with a cheese grater and have the scars on my knuckle to prove it. ouch.gif

yellobutterfly Posted 29 Jun 2007 , 2:54am
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Nothing quite so fatal as yours, but I've lost many a good tip to my garbage disposal (new house, not used to a disposal!) and hubby once sat a wooden spoon on the blender while it was mixing - needless to say we were flossing our teeth with wood while drinking our virgin pina coladas!

heavenscent Posted 29 Jun 2007 , 2:56am
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My husband bought me a mandiline and I took a big chunk out of my fingers a couple of times ouch.

mkolmar Posted 29 Jun 2007 , 3:05am
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Okay, I was pregnant with my first child so bear with me here.
I washed our toaster. I knew it more than likely wouldn't work after washing it, but gosh darn it, that whole house had to be clean before the baby came. (I was only 5 months pregnant) and that toaster looked dirty--after all we had only been using it for a few months. So I scrubbed it like nobody's business! To the point where water was saturated in it.
Needless to say it didn't work anymore. My DH was mad but yet amazed that my hormones took over my brain. Had to go buy a new one.
Sad thing is, I was so proud that the toaster was THAT clean that I left it on the counter as a mini-show piece till my DH threw it away.

I'll now go bury my head in shame!

yellobutterfly Posted 29 Jun 2007 , 3:12am
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lol - that's hilarious (toaster) ROTFLOL!

leah_s Posted 29 Jun 2007 , 3:29am
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I used to have waist length hair. And you know how you're always supposed to keep it tied back while you're in the kitchen? We all know that.

Its a sanitation issue.

Its a safety issue.

It's so that when you lean over to check your cookie dough in the mixer that the beater doesn't grab a strand of hair and pull your head into the bowl. Yeah that happened.

And if you think that its easy and a no brainer to turn the mixer off while you're being sucked into the bowl and can't see the switch, you'd be wrong.

rcs Posted 29 Jun 2007 , 3:34am
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I'm constantly turning around and tripping over the dishwasher door that I just opened. You'd think I'd learn but I guess practice makes perfect!! (And I'm really getting good at it...I have the bruises to prove it!)

cheflish Posted 29 Jun 2007 , 3:36am
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Leahs...That is an AWESOME mixer story. I would love to have you over for dinner. The way you tell a story is great...and very entertaining!

LOVE IT!
Lish

snowboarder Posted 29 Jun 2007 , 3:36am
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If I had a nickel...

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sparkie248 Posted 29 Jun 2007 , 3:38am
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Oooh oooh! I have done one of those too! I decided at 1 am that i wanted cookies. So what do i do? Start baking! I was using one of those hand-held electric mixers and a flimsy plastic IKEA spatula and i decided, hey i think i should scrape down the sides of the bowl. So i did...but neglected to turn off the mixer. the blades caught the spatula and sucked it up...with my thumb because i ddin't let go!! i had to eject the blades to get my thumb out! I was home alone and didn't want to go to the ER, so I iced it and went to bed. But I had a huge gash on my thumb and had to throw the whole batch away! icon_sad.gif I went to the doctor the next day and I tore some tendons and damaged some nerves!! Now i can't feel the top of my thumb but at least I can bend it now!

Lesson learned: ALWAYS shut the mixer off when sticking objects in the bowl!!! And keep on baking...even when it almost takes an appendage. icon_wink.gif
-erin

JaneK Posted 29 Jun 2007 , 3:38am
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I boiled a pot on the stove dry and smoke filled the house whilst I was on my computer...and I am sure you won't have to guess what I was doing...

My DH came up the stairs (he was in the basement) and asked me if I was trying to burn the house down icon_redface.gif I didn't even notice the acrid smell as I was so engrossed in cake forums and pictures!!!

When I did it the second time a number of weeks later...he was MAD!!! So now I don't go on CC whilst I am cooking icon_lol.gif

mommachris Posted 29 Jun 2007 , 3:38am
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when i was only 14 (many years ago icon_lol.gif ) I once made a lemon meringue pie and messed it up good by reaching into the cupboard over the bowl while whipping the egg whites.
I heard a thump but didn't see anything wrong. Whipped those eggs into nice peaks..they were a bits in there but I didn't know enough to know that wasn't right, just kept grinding with the blades. icon_rolleyes.gif

Pie looked great, cooked up so pretty and I proudly cut a big piece for my Dad. He took one bit, made a face and pulled a hunk of a garlic out of his mouth. Yep, I had unknowingly ground up a whole clove into my meringue.

He still kids me asking if he can have his dessert " with out garlic please."

sparkie248 Posted 29 Jun 2007 , 3:39am
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Oooh oooh! I have done one of those too! I decided at 1 am that i wanted cookies. So what do i do? Start baking! I was using one of those hand-held electric mixers and a flimsy plastic IKEA spatula and i decided, hey i think i should scrape down the sides of the bowl. So i did...but neglected to turn off the mixer. the blades caught the spatula and sucked it up...with my thumb because i ddin't let go!! i had to eject the blades to get my thumb out! I was home alone and didn't want to go to the ER, so I iced it and went to bed. But I had a huge gash on my thumb and had to throw the whole batch away! icon_sad.gif I went to the doctor the next day and I tore some tendons and damaged some nerves!! Now i can't feel the top of my thumb but at least I can bend it now!

Lesson learned: ALWAYS shut the mixer off when sticking objects in the bowl!!! And keep on baking...even when it almost takes an appendage. icon_wink.gif
-erin

terrylee Posted 29 Jun 2007 , 3:41am
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BEEN WORKING ALL DAY AND HAD TO BAKE FOR A WEDDING.....WELL IT WAS GETTING TO BE ABOUT 10:00 PM.....WITH .LAST CAKE IN THE OVEN AND I ALWAYS TAKE THE TIMER WITH ME......

WELL IT WAS WITH ME BUT I FELL ASLEEP SITTING IN THE CHAIR AND DIDN'T HEAR THE TIMER .....NEEDLESS TO SAY THE CAKE WAS WELL OVER DONE.......UGH......

miriel Posted 29 Jun 2007 , 3:45am
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Originally Posted by rcs

I'm constantly turning around and tripping over the dishwasher door that I just opened. You'd think I'd learn but I guess practice makes perfect!! (And I'm really getting good at it...I have the bruises to prove it!)




Me too!!!

DelightsByE Posted 29 Jun 2007 , 3:50am
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Tried to take 2 cake pans out of oven with paper towels as hotpads...owwwwch!!! ouch.gif

indydebi Posted 29 Jun 2007 , 3:55am
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leahs wins!! I am busting a gut picturing that! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

If you put eggs on to boil and get to watching TV and forget about them, and the pan boils dry, the eggs will explode. Big time. To the ceiling. And they stick to the ceiling. And the house smells bad. For days.

I won't tell you how I know that. icon_redface.gif

And it seems to be a family traditions that we burn the rolls every Thanksgiving!

DelightsByE Posted 29 Jun 2007 , 3:55am
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Originally Posted by sparkie248

ALWAYS shut the mixer off when sticking objects in the bowl!!! And keep on baking...even when it almost takes an appendage. icon_wink.gif
-erin




sounds like a tagline to me!!!! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

CherryBomb Posted 29 Jun 2007 , 3:56am
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Gosh, I don't know where to start! My flat top stove always gets me. I forget that the burners are hot a set things on top of them. I've shattered a glass bowl and melted a lot of plastic this way.

I've always been a big prankster. One Easter when I was a teen, I gave my mom the perfect opportunity to get me back. For some reason, I thought it was funny to crack hard boiled eggs on my forehead while saying "Doh!" like Homer Simpson. Being the crafty woman she is, my mom colored and dyed a raw egg and slipped it in with all the other Easter eggs. Can you guess what I did with it? Yep, I gave myself a raw egg facial.

leah_s Posted 29 Jun 2007 , 3:56am
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I dunno, indydebi. You're a major contender!

chqtpi Posted 29 Jun 2007 , 3:58am
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this kitchen faux pas came from my roommate in college....she was borin in GErmany and had never cooked anything "american" before....so the first night we were there and she made good ol' Kraft Mac n' cheese or so i thought...so we sat down to eat...and she handed me a bowl..and a soup spoon....and into this bowl she proceeded to serve me "Mac n'Cheese Soup"...she had NO idea you were supposed to drain the water.....my dinner that night?

Cheerios...

DelightsByE Posted 29 Jun 2007 , 4:00am
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And it seems to be a family traditions that we burn the rolls every Thanksgiving!




Yepper! I have several small burn marks on my right hand, wrist and forearm from my Annual Thanksgiving Pie Removal Burns icon_rolleyes.gif

Tug Posted 29 Jun 2007 , 4:03am
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Originally Posted by indydebi



If you put eggs on to boil and get to watching TV and forget about them, and the pan boils dry, the eggs will explode. Big time. To the ceiling. And they stick to the ceiling. And the house smells bad. For days.
!




I'll have to remember this one !!!!! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

Elizabeth19 Posted 29 Jun 2007 , 4:03am
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OMG I am laughing so hard my stomach hurts from reading this post!!! icon_lol.gif

I was using the Pampered Chef Slicer? The one you have to hold with two hands while you run a vegtable (or whatever) back and forth over the blades.... yes, you know where this is going. So you are suppose to use the guard to avoid doing anything stupid, oh no, not me though, Im only cutting one tomato so why bother?? Yeah, I sliced off my fingernail and the tip of my finger... let me just say, pain. That was about a year ago... still cant bring myself to use the darn thing again... icon_rolleyes.gif

DelightsByE Posted 29 Jun 2007 , 4:06am
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OMG I am laughing so hard my stomach hurts from reading this post!!! icon_lol.gif

I was using the Pampered Chef Slicer? The one you have to hold with to hands while you run a vegtable (or whatever) back and forth over the blades.... yes, you know where this is going. So you are suppose to use the guard to avoid doing anything stupid, oh no, not me though, Im only cutting one tomato so why bother?? Yeah, I sliced off my fingernail and the tip of my finger... let me just say, pain. That was about a year ago... still cant bring myself to use the darn thing again... icon_rolleyes.gif




Yeah I hate that thing. The holder/guard just wastes too much food! And this happened to me too..... and don't even get me started on my microplane grater "instant manicure method".....

CourtneysCustomCakes Posted 29 Jun 2007 , 4:07am
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I still don't know how I did it. And I decided to not tell my DH this one. I was making some frosting a couple weeks ago. Needless to say I was getting frusterated and nothing seemed to be going right for me that day. I tried to get the mixer blade off the mixer, for some reason it was stuck. So I grabbed it with both hands (thumbs around the blades) to give it a good push. Well some how in the process I managed to turn on the Mixer. Both of my thumbs got caught.

Lesson of the day: Always unplug your mixer if you've lost your mind. icon_wink.gif

dl5crew Posted 29 Jun 2007 , 4:08am
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I have a couple of stories... Ok I have a bunch.

One Sunday while I was preg with my now 14 yr old, I put my Pyrex dish on the stove getting ready to make what I call Mac & cheese pie. I turned on the oven or so I thought... I was standing over the dish waiting for the oven to heat up, the dish exploded in my face. I turned on the eye instead of the oven.



When my 9 yr old was 2 I was putting biscuits in the oven, she toddled close, I slammed the oven door shut. I forgot to remove my right arm first. Yep 2nd degree burn. I get some kind of burn everytime I cook.

MiaT Posted 29 Jun 2007 , 4:09am
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And it seems to be a family traditions that we burn the rolls every Thanksgiving!



In our house, it's the marshmallows on the candied yams. One year we scraped them off and rebaked THREE times! icon_confused.gif

But the one I'm still getting razzed about is an attempt at a chocolate pudding pie. I was so excited that my cousin was coming to visit my new apartment, that I decided to make a chocolate pudding pie. The directions said to put the pudding in a large mixing bowl, but it seemed to be such a small packet of pudding, so I used the small bowl instead so it would be easier to wash. Then I flipped the switch to High and watched as if in slow motion as the chocolate pudding crept up the sides of the bowl and FLUNG all over the kitchen! It looked like a crime scene icon_eek.gif I'm thinking it might have been easier to wash the large bowl instead of the small bowl, the walls, mixer, all the dishes in the rack by the sink, the cat... and then the large bowl because I decided to try it again so my cousin wouldn't know I screwed it up!

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