Is Something Burning? Part 3 – My Cook Top Is Trying to Kill Me

As a writer who has boiled pans and teakettles dry, and received both second-degree steam and contact burns, I feel I have become an expert in trying to stay alive while cooking. Since I now prepare most of my food from scratch, learning to do it safely was crucial.

When are you going to replace those old, dangerous oven mitts? Get yourself something that will actually protect your absentminded self. Oven mitts come in heavy duty, top flight silicone with washable liners, like the Mastrad A823305 silicone oven mitt with cotton lining. (I love that number–it’s like a turbocharged oven mitt.)

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IS Something Burning? Part 2 — Timing is Everything

I know more than one writer who has boiled kettles or saucepans dry, burned things in the oven, or cut off a fingernail chopping vegetables. As an expert at trying to injure myself, I am offering up a few suggestions in basic kitchen–and writer–survival. (Readers, I’m talking to you, too!)

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Is Something Burning? Part 1 – A Whistle is Not An Alarm

“Once I read through a house catching on fire.

Seriously.”

Are you capable of reading–or writing–through a house fire? Then it’s time you take a proactive approach to kitchen safety. Writer (and reader) Katharine Eliska Kimbriel offers up tested techniques to keep you much safer in the kitchen and get you back to work quickly.

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EVERGREEN: On Becoming a Professional Amateur # 16: Some Writing Safety Tips

To finish off this series, I’d like to offer a smattering of “safety tips” that have come out of the mentoring and workshops I’ve done over the years. Some of these I’ve come by as the result of struggling with … Continue reading

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