Kitchen Safety for the Men Making Dinner Tonight

Use the right tool and pay attention when cutting vegetables!

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Most of my friends’ wives do the home-cooking. My mom always does the cooking (except grilling), and according to a survey sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), women tend to say they’re the ones usually doing the meal prep and cooking…80% to be exact (U.S. households consisting of married or cohabiting parents and one or more children under the age of 18). My wife is not one of them (and I love her).

Men, whether you’re cutting a tomato for a sandwich or slicing a roast, you should be aware of proper knife safety. I’ve learned from experience, some kitchen knife cuts will need stitches if you’re not careful. Here are a few tips.

Use the right tool for the job. A serrated knife is used for cutting bread, a boning knife for chicken, and a butcher knife for large cuts of meat. Trying to use a paring knife to butterfly pork chops is a poor choice. Knives are for cutting only, and should never be used as can openers or screwdrivers.

Knife maintenance. Keep the blades sharp and clean with solid handles. Knives should be stored in a sheath, wood block, or magnetic tray. Sharp edges allow for more control and less pressure.

Cut away from your body and always use a sanitary cutting board. Vegetables should be halved and sliced with the flat side down to keep them in place. Keep your hand in a claw position when cutting, with fingers and thumb tucked away from the blade.

Pay attention. Keep all focus on the cut at hand. Don’t turn away to talk or watch TV. Ensure that no other people or pets can bump into you while working. Take breaks if you start to notice your technique changing or your muscles fatiguing.

Safely transport. Carry knives with the end straight down and the blade facing behind you. Never drop a knife into a sink full of other dishes or attempt to grab a dropped knife from midair.

Preparing a fresh, delicious meal is a rewarding experience. Whether you’re cooking for yourself or for your family, a sandwich or a roast, always keep knife safety at the front of your mind. And fellow-men, make me proud.

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