Yikes, disastrous events! Power outage with cookies the oven, burned cookies, wacky dough mixtures, fallen cakes, double the amount of butter in a pound cake? We’ve all experienced unexpected disasters while baking, I presume. I’ve had my share. Perhaps the most alarming was a customer ordered almond danish pastry sliding off the baking sheet as I took it from the oven. Darn that parchment slips so quickly, I watched as the pastry savagely ripped apart, after smashing on the floor. I ate some of the chunks of course but had to start all over so the danish could be shipped on time.
All perilous but what I am really referring to, are the physically painful ‘in the blink of an eye’ contact with HOT oven racks! Burns, to be exact.
I, as many of you also perhaps, have been frequently ‘branded’ while baking. A hazard of using an oven or cook top. My right hand and wrist have been zapped so many times, I am surprised I don’t have permanent scarring! At times the burns are so ugly I hate to bare my arms in public, lest people wonder what the heck I have done to myself!
I was recently branded by a tray, ( notice the delicate curve of the corner! ), on my inner forearm leaving a very neat but obvious mark which took quite a while to fade into a memory. Looking at it now, I have to wonder how I did it. It’s a heavy SS tray, must have bogged down over my arm during removal. That was a painful encounter.
Precautions, safety equipment …. I choose to use pot holders over mitts, thus more of my skin is exposed to the lurking racks. It’s fast, grab and go. So many choices these days for protective gear …. silicon mitts, being the latest. I don’t really like silicon, don’t use the sheets and considered trying the mitts but prefer to keep clean up quick & simple. Silicon tends to be sticky and attracts lint. I designed a pot holder with a thumb protector but discarded it, finding it easier to slip my hand into a cloth mitt if I really desired ultimate coverage.
I guess there are dedicated mitt users or pot holders. One or the other, or do bakers mix it up? Do we toss the mitts & holders for kitchen towels? Is this a topic friends engage in? Who uses an apron in the kitchen? Processor, hand mixer or stand? Are you a gadget fanatic?
The mind boggles with what might go on in the kitchen. I guess I like to take my chances in the bakery, live on the wild side, grab that basic pot holder and venture into the oven at my own risk. My skin can take it. It’s pretty tough these days!
Be safe, whatever protection you choose to use. Until we eat, meet again. Mangia!