Have you ever cut yourself while preparing food?

@muscare (3069)
Australia
April 25, 2007 6:36am CST
Years ago, as fruit and veg manager in a supermarket, I was going flat out, and while trimming the tops off some celery, realised too late that my thumb was underneath. I cut through the corner of my nail and the fleshy side of the thumb. After going to get it checked out, after an hour of waiting, the doc tells me they don't stitch ends of fingers because they often get infected. After he cleaned it all up with saline, he then decided to put in a couple of stitches!! I'm not sure what happened to the celery, but ever since, I'm always very wary about where my fingers are when cutting.
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27 responses
• India
26 Apr 07
I am an occassional cook at my home i.e. I cook on holidays, depending on my mood. And getting a cut finger is quite a common phenomenon for me.
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@muscare (3069)
• Australia
27 Apr 07
Not cooking so often probably means you're out of practice. Maybe try to do it more often.
@Augustta (1860)
• Poland
30 Apr 07
Hey,my friend muscare,let me tell you about this some words.. Being a catastrophe in kitchen,i am not doing things automatically because i really need to think what for is this or this...I am impossible...and because this my accidents in kitchen is very rarely...i don't say i can't make food,i do(rolling my eyes)but i am slowly and very careful at all i make... no much accidents... augusta
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
30 Apr 07
I think we can all take a leaf out of your book, Augusta. Slow and steady is better than racing too much and maybe ending up with a little extra (finger) in the cooking!
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@Augustta (1860)
• Poland
30 Apr 07
lol!!!ha ha ha!! noooooo,no way!...i think better with a extra-finger than without any food at all....ha ha ha!!(kidding) hey,glad you are ok! augusta
• United States
25 Apr 07
I cut my finger with scissors trying to cut open a popsicle! lol I'm stupid. One time though, I was cutting cantaloupe and my knife just somehow, went into the side of my hand by an inch, so I had a big mess to clean up with a half a roll of paper towels wrapped around my hand. It hurt so bad!
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
26 Apr 07
How did you manage that? Thats a deep stab, especially to the hand. I would think it hurt quite a lot.
• United States
26 Apr 07
Yea I still have the scar too. I think I was setting the knife down and I just forgot to move my other hand. I really can't explain it better than that.
@inventry (56)
• China
23 May 07
no ,i don't
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
23 May 07
You must be a very careful cook,then.
• Singapore
29 Apr 07
I don't really cook but I do wash the dishes everyday. I have cut myself before while washing knives and scissors. Once bitten, twice shy. I try to be very happen when I am washing those items now.
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
29 Apr 07
Yes, the way the sharp ones always hide until you think you've got them all, and then surprise you. Worse with floaties in the water too, I think!
@vijiayyar (191)
• Ireland
26 Apr 07
Oh I have done it a lot of times. Mostly its a small cut but sometimes i have had really nasty cuts. I remember once when my mom told me to help her with slicing some veggies as soon relatives were coming for a lunch as I had to do it really fast as we were running late and all of a suuden my brother raised the volume of TV and i told him to decrease the volume he wont listen to me and i shouted on him and in the process my mind got diverted and my middle finger was bledding hell.
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
27 Apr 07
Yep, distractions are not good while cutting veggies. Are you sure you weren't just looking for a way out of helping with the lunch. Sorry, just kidding!!
• India
26 Apr 07
This is a very common thing.What happenned with you has happenned with most of the people who cut vegetables.I have had a very bad experience while I was cutting a mango.I almost cut my whole nail in the hurry of eating the mango.
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
26 Apr 07
Ouch. Do you still like mangoes, or did it put you off? Or you just cut slower?
• China
26 Apr 07
Yes,many times.It really hurts me badly.
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
26 Apr 07
Yes, it does hurt, but thankfully I don't do it too often.
@hkdgkurt (147)
• China
26 Apr 07
of course.many people has the same experience to cut themselves while preparing food in kitchen,mine was not seriously.but we can learn some experience from hurt and we'll do it better after that.
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
26 Apr 07
Yep, a lot of times to cut oneself acts like a wakeup call, and you are more aware of what you are doing. For a while, anyway.
@dex1486 (272)
• Philippines
26 Apr 07
i was cut a few times but the deepest one was not too serious.lol i didn't have to go to the doctor to ask for stitches! well at least now you're careful.
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
27 Apr 07
Yes, I'm fairly careful, but I'm not really sure I'll never do it again. I'm not always 100% focused on just what I'm cooking.
• Canada
26 Apr 07
Lol, seriously, I've managed to cut myself so many times it's not even funny. I should NOT be allowed to handle a sharp knife because you can almost guarantee that it'll somehow "slip" in my hand and I'll cut myself. Strangely enough though, the worst cut I received with a cutting utensil was while I was washing dishes one day. I grabbed a hold of the Pizza cutter, and as I attempted to hold it while I cleaned the wheel, it slipped and gave me a rather nasty cut along the side of my finger almost half an inch long. It hurt too!
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
26 Apr 07
I agree, you should let someone else handle the sharps!! Can't say I've even got close to cutting myself with a pizza cutter. You must be good!
@zjenikka (292)
• Philippines
26 Apr 07
I have funny story to tell about this topic. 5 years ago, my elder sister was preparing a very special main dish for the party. She was using a butcher's knife in cutting the chicken. Then my younger sister (10 yrs old then) was so intrigued by what she was doing. She wanted to help but was told to behave and just observe. We do not know of why all of a sudden she crossed her right hand when my sister was about to cut the chicken. The knife landed to her hand. SHe turned white and fainted. Goodthing the knife did not get her hands that bad (my elder sister was able to conrol a bit). What an exprience my sister had.
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
26 Apr 07
Just wondering if your younger sister ever cooks now, or ever will!! I bet if she observed anyone cooking, or preparing food after that day, she did it across the other side of the room! What an experience for her.
@jlara_gtr34 (3492)
• Philippines
26 Apr 07
yes i have because im so clumsy. right now, i have two cuts on my hands due to my clumsiness. i really hope that i can stop this clumsiness of mine because its not doing me any good.
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
26 Apr 07
I think you should let other people around you handle anything with a sharp edge, maybe!!
@phunkee (32)
• Philippines
26 Apr 07
not yet. maybe im very careful to cut foods.. hehe
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
26 Apr 07
Yes, maybe. Do you do a lot of cooking?
@Betso221 (1702)
• India
26 Apr 07
Yes i have done that once. Whenever my mom never is not at home i feel like trying ma luck with making ebything that smells good or atleast taste good. Once when she was not there i was cutting some vegetables and i was so busy watching tv that i actually cut ma finger. When my mom came home i told her what happened she told me that guys are not meant to cook.
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
26 Apr 07
I don't know that guy aren't supposed to cook. I think that guys aren't supposed to cook while watching TV!!!
• India
26 Apr 07
Hey, cutting yourself and preparing food go hand in hand. It's all a part of being in the kitchen. But serious cuts often deter you from going all out on the cutting part. But you could use those new cutting mechanisms that are in the market right.
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
26 Apr 07
Good thing is, it only slowed me down not deterred me. I still like to cook, and cutting goes with that, just not my fingers.
@bugbaby (1788)
• Indonesia
26 Apr 07
for the first time i learn to cook something when my wife get sick for a while i cut my finger when i slice meat.
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
26 Apr 07
Bet you were glad when she got better. What do you do now? Order takeaway?
@gemini1960 (1162)
• Philippines
25 Apr 07
Nexttime you msut be very carefull, i do that sometimes accidentally especially if im in a hurry to finish certain tasks.
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
26 Apr 07
I'm usually more careful, but still at times rush things. I'll probably never change.
• Trinidad And Tobago
25 Apr 07
yes. i cut myself pretty badly while slicing cheese about 14 years ago. The scar is still there. A portion of skin on the second joint(from the tip)of my index finger on my left hand was almost cut off. the knife didn't cut too far away from the bone either.i bled profusely but alls well now. :) thnk God..
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
26 Apr 07
Lucky you didn't slice the flesh off completely. Bet that hurt like hell. Do you still eat cheese, or do you get flashbacks while trying to slice it?Nasty.
@crackhead (1826)
• India
25 Apr 07
Awwww good that you recovered with out any trouble from that cut. Nice that you are careful now. I once sliced my index finger but wasn't any big deal i was chopping onions, didn't notice where my finger was. Off course i wasn't hurt much, just bleeded for few secs and i had the cotton and spirit in my first aid kit and nursed that immediately.
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
26 Apr 07
A cut with onion juice on the knife. Still, I don't suppose it stung any more than the spirits.