Do you burn yourself when you cook?

"Now oil, just stay in the pan!" - cooking girl.
@Malyck (3428)
Australia
August 18, 2007 10:32pm CST
I love to cook, and I've accumulated so many cooking burns over the years. From touching the oven, forgetting to put an oven mitt on, or having hot oil etc spat at me. Do you get burnt while cooking? What burns you most often?
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@wiccania (3360)
• United States
19 Aug 07
I get burned by oil jumping out of the pan every now and then. My worst cooking related burn happened about a week before my son was born... I'd reached a point in my pregnancy where clothes were just not comfy, so I was naked around the house. Even when I was cooking. I was getting something out of the oven, and pulled the rack out as I leaned down. My boobs swung forward as I leaned down and one of them hit the rack. OUCH!!!!! When I was in the hospital trying to learn how to nurse they kept asking me how I got burned. I think they thought that my son's dad did it to me.
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• United States
19 Aug 07
yes i get burned fairly often while cooking also. luckily nothing serious so far. i have a hard time telling if something is hot for some reason and often pick up a pot or tray that i think is ok to touch and get halfway across the kitchen and realize its burning hot. done that a few times. and i always get the little speckle burns from cooking with oil!
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@Malyck (3428)
• Australia
19 Aug 07
I can be a bad judge with things I reheat in the microwave, I just grab the plate or bowl out, get halfway across the kitchen and realise it's too hot to hold =P
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@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
19 Aug 07
I have once in awhile, usually by inadvertently touching a hot pan. It doesn't happen very often.
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@Malyck (3428)
• Australia
19 Aug 07
You're lucky then! It feels like I get 1 new burn or 2 every time I make a meal!
@fawcey (928)
• Australia
26 Aug 07
OMG Yes! I am glad that after reading this I now know I am not the only one who constantly burns themselves while cooking. I am forever leaning my wrist on the frying pan, or touching the oven as I use a tea towel most times instead of an oven mit. Or the oil seems to be attracted to me and spits at me no matter what I do. I once not only burnt myself but I burnt a whole in the bottom of a saucepan, and it arced to the hotplate and sparks flew onto the counter and the wall and put burn marks in the counter top. I am a bit of a nightmare really, but I love to cook. I do have fire alarms in the house so I have to shut the doors to the passage and the laudry other wise they go off everytime I cook!!! LOL I have also tiped a hot cup of tea on myself , twice in this year. I am bit of a clutz!!
@Malyck (3428)
• Australia
26 Aug 07
Oh my! We should have a cook-off together. Invite the fire-brigade around just in case? =P What's your favourite thing to cook??
@fawcey (928)
• Australia
27 Aug 07
Ha yes we could have it at my place cos believe it or not I live next door to the fire station!! Quite fitting really! LOL My favourite thing to cook is anything sweet, like cakes or biscuits, when I do meals like tea or something savoury that seems to be when the burning happens more!! Although the burning seems to lessen when I do sweet things I am afraid the chance of it turning out still can range between 50% and 80% I don't really have a great average!!! What do you like to cook?
@Malyck (3428)
• Australia
27 Aug 07
Whilst I love sweets, I've never quite mastered them like my mum, so I normally stick to the dinner side of things. I love making 'gourmet' sandwiches; turkish bread rolls, grilled chicken, avo etc. But mainly I love making and eating pastas. I normally start with the same base ingredients and then do something whacky and experimental and hope it tastes good =D So.. I make dinner, you make dessert? =P Lol, It sounds like you definitely live in the right place! =D
@vinzen (1022)
• India
19 Aug 07
Hi, no i rarely get burnt, maybe just once or twice that too, with just a drop of oil spatting at me, when there was some water left in the oil. Otherwise now i am very careful while cooking i guess i have my full attention into my cooking when i cook and dont think nor do any other thing when i cook. I say this as earlier i was not that careful and my mind used to be very pre-occupied with other things or used to think what i have to do next, or think about the kids and their home task etc, in short i was cooking but my thoughts were else where and this landed me in getting many small burns and accidents in the kitchen. Even while chopping vegetables i used to get my finger cut, or while taking things out from the oven, i used to forget my mitts on, or at times pick up the hot dishes with my bare hands forgetting that they are hot!! So i have undergone all these things and then changed myself , making sure that i either end all tasks then enter the kitchen or keep all other thoughts outside the kitchen, finish my cooking then come out and do other things, and this made a remarkable difference and i no longer face any kinds of burns nor accidents, maybe you can try this out too, incase this can be of help to you. :)
@Malyck (3428)
• Australia
20 Aug 07
Thank you, I'll try to make sure to reform myself from now on. Keep my mind on what I'm doing now, not what there is to still do. =]
@vinzen (1022)
• India
20 Aug 07
Thanks for replying, and i did not mean to offend or mean any harm by making my suggestions regarding putting your mind, heart and soul into cooking when you do so. I mean that for any kind of work that we do. Be it making bed, washing dishes, teaching our kids, going for work, talking to someone, driving your car etc, i mean anything that you do, if we are able to fully concentrate and put our full attention into that work alone, and not think of anything alogside with it, we are able to do wonders in that particular job, without any mishaps or problems.
@Malyck (3428)
• Australia
20 Aug 07
Not a problem at all! I certainly wasn't offended, it's a great suggestion =] Thanks.
@williamjisir (22903)
• China
23 Aug 07
Just a few days ago when my wife was cooking, hot oil spat at my wife's arms making her feel so burnt. Immediately I asked to put some sauce on the burnt part and in a couple of days she recovered.
@Malyck (3428)
• Australia
24 Aug 07
What type of sauce?
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• China
24 Aug 07
It is soya bean sauce that we use. Sometimes we also use soap instead of it.
@eshaan (6193)
• India
19 Aug 07
Ya, i am always in hurry, when i cook and i am very often burnt by the spliting oil, green chillies,etc. I have formed many scars on my hands but i can't change my habit.I always promise myself that i will be careful but no use...lol!!
@Malyck (3428)
• Australia
19 Aug 07
I guess habits like that are too hard to break. I know they are for me. Sometimes I even realise before I go to touch something that i'll burn myself, but I can't stop myself because of momentum. =P
@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
19 Aug 07
Hi. In the past I have reached in the oven to slide the rack out and without thinking I grabbed the rack without a mitt or tea towel and burnt my fingers, but they were only minor...
@Malyck (3428)
• Australia
19 Aug 07
Yeah, i'm lucky to have only sustained minor cooking injuries. With knife-work, the main part of me that suffers are my nails, which are long and often get in the way of the blade! oops.
@agnescav (566)
• United States
19 Aug 07
I burn myself because I always forget that the lid is also hot!
@Malyck (3428)
• Australia
19 Aug 07
Haha! I don't forget when i take the lid off, as I grab it my the handle, but if I put it down somewhere to stir, I ALWAYS pick it up my the rim and burn my fingers. =[
• Germany
9 Aug 11
Well I love to cook but I guess I love to burn myself. My latest is wat hppn few hrs ago was frying onion bhajis(pakore) and I had the grill on also. So was keeping eye on grill it's the cooker that as grill at top. So while I was frying then I had to turn the food on grill. Somehow without realising the grill came flying out hitting the fryer,all the oil came flying on me and over the cooker etc. The grill pan came flying at me I hurt my knee and oil was splatted only clothes but luckily I didn't get burn badly, just some splashes on my hand and foot. Man was lucky but still in shock.
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
27 Aug 07
I also get burns whenever I cook, I also think that I am already immun and used to it!LoL I have oil spills and splashes all over my arms, hand and body, but I still love to cook. I think it doesn't matter how burnt we get from it, as long as we do enjoy serving our loved ones!;)
@Jazz65 (22)
• United States
27 Aug 07
yeah i got the same problem as what you have. And i am still dealing with it until now. And the burnt scar on you sking takes a long way to lighten. One time i made fried apple pie and when i turned it the other side it fell on the pan and the oil spat on both my arms. I remember my husband telling me that if i still get burns he will have to ban me from the kitchen.
@ranitam22 (1147)
• United States
23 Aug 07
yes, usually when i cook i do burn myself whether it's from the grease popping up at me. or i end up touching the rack without a mitt, one time i used the wrong side of the mitt and got burned. for a while there it seemed i burned myself every time i cooked, but now i am much more careful. i think a lot of that was because i was trying to rush
@soulgurl (153)
• Malaysia
23 Aug 07
Same here, I do love cooking and i never fail to get burned. Although i try as much to be careful where i put my hands, i still get burnt. Well lets see, i think i get oven burns more than anything. I think my oven hates me, i make her do lots of over time baking.