Today is National Men Make Dinner Day, so I'll have dinner tonight (which I do most of the time). Most of my friends' wives do home cooking, my mom always cooks (besides grilling), and according to a survey sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), women tend to say they usually do cooking and cooking … 80% for to be exact (US 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 are slicing a tomato for a sandwich or slicing a steak, you should be aware of proper knife safety. I have learned from experience that some kitchen knife cuts need stitches if you are not careful. Here are some tips.
Use the right tool for the job . A serrated knife is used to cut bread, a prime knife for chicken and a butcher knife for large pieces of meat. Trying to use a knife to butterfly pork chops is a bad choice. Knives are only intended for cutting and should never be used as can openers or screwdrivers.
Knife maintenance. Keep the knives sharp and clean with solid handles. Knives should be stored in a jacket, wooden block or magnetic compartment. Sharp edges allow for more control and less pressure.
Cut away from the body and always use a sanitary cutting board . Vegetables should be halved and sliced flat side down to keep them in place. Keep your hand in claw when cutting, with fingers and thumbs cast away from the blade.
Pay attention . Keep focus on the insert at hand. Do not turn away to talk or watch TV. Make sure no other people or pets can bump into you while you work. Take breaks if you start to notice that your technique is changing or that your muscles are getting tired.
Safe transport . Carry knives with the end straight down and the blade turned behind you. Never drop a knife in a sink full of other dishes or try to take a dropped knife from the air.
Preparing a fresh, delicious meal is a rewarding experience. Whether you are cooking for yourself or your family, a sandwich or a steak, always keep knife safety in front of you. And fellow men, make me proud.
Here is one of my co-workers who shares his latest cooking experience and a family recipe.
“I originally got this recipe from my mother-in-law who got it from her mother-in-law. My mother-in-law made some adjustments to the original recipe to refine the taste profile, and I have made my own adjustments to the taste and conditions, and this is by far the best beef stroganoff I have had. ”
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