How to Prevent Holiday Kitchen Disasters

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between angry birds And Air Frying Cheesecake This holiday season, I haven’t had much time to think about anything other than putting food inside the Hot-Maker and taking it out again. It was only recently during an air frying session that I became aware of my inability to avert a kitchen disaster. Not only did it almost crap my pants, but afterward, it got me thinking. As holiday parties reach full peak, take these little kitchen safety tips to ensure 2022 ends without soaking yourself. (Unless it’s from uncontrollable laughter.)

get a fire extinguisher

Full disclosure: It was fire. My boyfriend and I almost set our air fryer on fire, and although it probably took four seconds to sort it out, nothing slows down time like flames you can’t control. I realized that my tiny Brooklyn apartment would be better off with a fire extinguisher. Even the pros sometimes overlook these things. Regardless of your comfort in the kitchen, it is a place where we deal with constant high temperatures and loads of variables. Not to mention if you’re in an apartment building, you’re also looking for nearby units, whether you like it or not. this article Apartment Therapy can help you find the best type and size of fire extinguisher for your needs. at least, are even hairspray cans Which you can easily keep in the cabinet and take with you to the rooftop grill.

Use a sheet pan to prevent spillage

A few drops of melted cheese will occasionally free themselves from your casserole, but after a few minutes of smelling the burnt cheese, you can move on with the night. It’s when your tarte tatin spews eight ounces of melted butter, or lasagna bangs a ramekin of garlic confit, that you might have a problem. Although unlikely, puddles of oil could potentially catch fire. To catch spills, and to prevent dishes from toppling easily, always place smaller baking dishes on a larger baking sheet. Most home ovens can hold up to four quarter sheet pans, and that’s plenty of surface area to work your casserole magic. (If you’ve already spilled loads of oil in your oven, see this article To help you clean it up.)

don’t rush in the kitchen

Time is of the essence when hosting a holiday bash, but with the wine flowing and the sequins falling from Gatsby-themed outfits, you need to slow your roll. No one will be upset if you bring out the pear puffs a few minutes later than the scheduled time. Rushing through the kitchen rarely leads to anything good, and you’re more likely to break something, cut corners, SelfOr spill something.

stop to clean up spills

When you inevitably spill something while preparing a beautiful holiday meal, stop, put everything in a safe place, and clean up that mess. “I’ll get to that in a minute,” one minute may be too late. The comings and goings of friends, family or children into the kitchen can make matters worse, leading to even bigger messes or injuries. This is definitely a “stitch in time” moment, so relieve yourself to clean up the spill immediately. Chances are you need to slow down a bit anyway.

Deep fry large meats outside

Thanksgiving may be over, but plenty of homes still serve the popular bird for Christmas dinner. Whether it’s turkey, chicken, ham, or pork, if you’re deep-frying a huge piece of meat, lay it out. gives a taste of home a complete breakdown Here’s how to deep fry a turkey safely, and many of these helpful tips apply to any larger protein. With the main danger being the huge amount of hot, bubbling oil, frying outside means it’s a distance from your combustible house, and the distracted HouseGuests who are mingling with a glass of wine.

Check Your Carbon Monoxide Detector

Carbon monoxide incidents happen every year. They’re absolutely terrifying, but also preventable. Anything that burns materials will produce carbon monoxide, so among other home appliances, gas stoves and ovens can be a source. (For more information on carbon monoxide sources, poisoning, and identification, see read here.) Keep heat generating equipment clean, and service them when necessary. Find a detector that works for you, and test it periodically to make sure it’s performing properly. There are many styles of detectors, from battery operated to hardwired, and some smoke detectors even include them.

use a slow cooker

Instead of keeping mulled wine and cider warm on the stove top, use a slow cooker. Sure, the stove has a lower setting, but that still means there’s a burner, and it’s largely unattended. Slow cookers are expertly crafted to be safely left alone, and unlike your stove, they have timers and auto-shut off. Plus, they’re versatile year-round, so you can cook a lot of things in a crock pot, from heating glogs to baking Sweet made with carrot, Cook, have fun, and have a safe kitchen, my friend.

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