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gizmo_mathboy (782)

  reversethis-{moc ... } {yobhtamomzig}

aerospace engineer by education, all-around walking cesspool of knowledge by nature, and professional grade slacker by choice. Sysadmin at a major midwestern university.
Sunday February 08, 2004
11:25 PM

Lesson for the day.

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As a joke some friends got me a cut resistant glove for my birthday (I nearly sliced off a good chunk of the knuckle of my left thumb). They also had purchased a silicone oven mitt for me for Christmas.

Well, while I was preparing our early supper (late lunch?) I had placed a small pot of water in the oven (to help develop the crust of the baking bread). I had taken it out and left it on the stove.

I set the bread to cool and was getting ready to prepare some steaks. In order to do that I needed to do something with the pan of hot water on the stovetop. Did I mention that it was in a 450 degree Fahrenheit oven just a few short minutes ago?

Needless to write I become quite aware how hot is was. Thank goodness the tap water was hand numbingly cold. I was worried that it would be a second degree burn. As it turns out, about 8 hours later, it should only be a very painful first degree burn.

The irony here is that I take a lot of pride in my cooking (and my technique) and in the span of about 6 months:

- put a deep cut in the knuckle of my left thumb

- did a good job of grating the knuckle of my right thumb (guess I needed a matched set)

- tried to burn the palm of my right hand

At least I'm not repeating my mistakes.

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  • ...I once decided, for some reason I still do not quite understand, that cutting a large Tootsie Roll was best done with a nice sharp razor blade. Tootsie Rolls are a bit greasy, so when I attempted a gentle tug to get the blade unstuck I slid right out of the Tootsie Roll and whacked a huge deep gash in 3 of my fingertips on my left hand.

    This was years ago, but it was sufficiently deep that a thick, obvious scar lays across the middle fingerprint, and two less obvious ones match the arc if I curl my fin


    You are what you think.
  • Is Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential []. According to him, professional cooks take pride in all their "war wounds".

    It's a pretty good book overall: pretty funny in places, although it may make you think twice about eating in restaurants.

  • if I don't get at least 5 cuts on my fingers doing kitchen work.

    I keep all my knives razorsharp, so the cuts are nice and clean and heal quickly. The worst was one day when my hand slipped while useing the 'mandolin': a nice row of gashes with 3.5 mm separation over back of 4 fingers, between 2nd and 3rd knucles - ouch.

    Just as only nonproductive programmers don't make mistakes, only non-chefs dont get cut or burnt - but it still hurts though.

    • Ouch! I thought grating my thumb would hurt. I couldn't imagine what running my hand over a mandolin would do.

      I would hate to think how many cuts I would get if I was a line cook. Then again my technique and speed would improve or I would start losing fingers. :-)