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Safety Tips for Cooking Tools

Cooking is easier when your kitchen is equipped with the right tools. To make them last longer, you should know how to use and care for them. You can be as simple or as elaborate in your kitchen, but you only need a few tools for basic cooking and some of these tools can be a hazard in the home. Here’s a few tips to increase the safety of your kitchen.
Cutting Boards

Here are some tips in choosing cutting boards:

  • When selecting a cutting board, choose something that is easily cleaned. It’s highly recommended to use a material that is dishwasher-safe or made of hard maple.
  • As much as possible, buy two cutting boards and designate one for raw fish, meats, and poultry.
  • Clean the cutting board right after use to prevent food poisoning.
  • When using the board, create a safe surface for cutting by placing a damp dishcloth under it to keep it from sliding around.

Good Knives

  • While a good set of knives can be costly, the well-made ones can last for years with proper care. Here are some tips on choosing knives and caring for them.
  • It isn’t necessary to buy a huge selection of knives. Get an 8-inch, straight-edged knife (to cut most foods) and a 10-inch serrated knife (to cut roasts and thick bread).
  • Although you can wash knives using the dishwasher, they last longer if you wash them manually (by hand) using hot water and detergent, and towel dry them immediately. Keep in mind that when you wash sharp tools in the sink, make sure that you place the tip down to avoid handling the blade.
  • Avoid using kitchen knives for things other than cooking. It can damage the blade, and it is not safe for you.
  • Store the knives out of children’s reach by storing them on a magnet bar or a knife block.
  • Knives become dull in the long run. But even if they are dull, they are more likely to cause accidents. Keep them sharp by using sharpening steel.

Safe Cutting Techniques:

  • Firmly hold the knife close to the blade for better control. The fingers of the opposite hand (used for holding the food) should be curled under and parallel to the blade to act as a guide. As you make each slice, inch your hand back to avoid cutting yourself.
  • To keep a fruit or vegetable (e.g. cucumber or potato) steady while cutting it, slice it half lengthwise first. And then position it cut side down and continue cutting.

Pots and Pans

Choose pots and pans that are made of heavier metal as it distributes heat better. However, note that they are harder to lift when full, especially the larger ones. Here are some kitchen tips:

  • To avoid straining your back and upper arm when cooking large amounts of dishes, choose lightweight cookware.
  • It’s best to choose a pot that has two generous handles on each side for easier handling.
  • When using heavy pots, keep them on front burners. Instead of lifting them, slide them using kitchen mitts to avoid burning your hands.
  • The kitchen is an area that has a high risk for injuries from hot pots and boiling water. Thus, it’s best to always make sure that you and your household members (especially children) are safe from such hazards.

Accidents can happen even if you make sure you’ve installed safety precautions around the home. But even so, it is best to be protected from the everyday hazards you face. Make sure that you are covered by the right insurance policy at all times.

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