...You're cooking and you need to go to the toilet... What do you do?

...Argh I Need To Pee... - drawing of a girl cooking at a stove
@Malyck (3428)
Australia
October 7, 2007 7:19am CST
I was cooking dinner earlier, and suddenly I realised that I was busting to go to the toilet. Fortunately I was only chopping ingredients, so there was no risk of things burning or anything. But it made me wonder what I would have done if I were home alone with something on the stove - could I leave it there, cooking and un-stirred while I rushed to the toilet, or would I have to take it off the stove until I get back, or just hold it in until I had finished cooking? Have you been in this situation? What did you do? What do you think you'd do if this happened? =D Mal.
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@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
7 Oct 07
Its never happened to me. Even then I'd usually take care of such business beforehand. If it did happen, its usually #1 and I can take care of that fast. If its during prep time then its all good. If its during hands on cooking I'd just cut the heat a bit, take care of what needs to be done and then resume.
@Malyck (3428)
• Australia
7 Oct 07
I usually get it all out of the way beforehand too, but at the moment I think my body and brain aren't quite connecting, it's only when I'm busting that it occurs to me to go to the toilet =P I think everyone must think I need a few minutes to pee - they're all like "it only takes a few seconds". Correct, but this house is large and the distance between the kitchen and toilet is somewhat long and windy, with such obstacles as walls, doors, bookshelves and the like. Not ideal for a quick dash to the loo. lol. How've you been, anyway? It's always a pleasure to 'see' you. =D
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
7 Oct 07
Ah I've been fine. Just relaxing and mylotting in between chores. Its a bit slow today but I did get in some more high quality posts to add to my collection. How's everything on your end?
@Malyck (3428)
• Australia
8 Oct 07
=D well I'm glad that you got a chance to post some more of your own material! things have been great. a little hectic with working during school holidays, but full of fun and activity =]
@ailema4ever (2675)
• Finland
7 Oct 07
Hi, Malyck! I have an electric stove too, but turning it off for just a minute or two while we pee won't really turn it cold, will it? Once I had to pee while making some pancake...so I turned the burner mark's setting to VERY low and I ran to the toilet and peed as fast as I could hi hi hi hi...gladly it went fine. However, if the pancake was almost done already, I'd have turned it off completely and take the pan off the stove. ;-D
@Malyck (3428)
• Australia
7 Oct 07
=D Nice save. It would have been a shame to ruin a pancake =P lol. No, it doesn't turn the burner cold really, but it still takes a minute or two to get things boiling again or whatever. It's a shotty stove =P
• Finland
7 Oct 07
Yeah, I really didn't want to ruin that he he he...LOL!!! Ah...yeah, it sucks when you have to wait a while before it boils again. I understand. Esp. when you're busy and you have lots of other things to do he he...
@Malyck (3428)
• Australia
7 Oct 07
Exactly! I get slightly flustered at times when I have something on the stove and other things need doing. All of a sudden the pot is boiling over and things are burning haha. I am a calm, composed and pretty darn good cook, though. =D
@lingli_78 (12844)
• Australia
7 Oct 07
this is a very interesting discussion... i usually just leave it on the stove and set the burner at the lowest while i go and pee quickly... but if i have to go for a longer time, i will turn off the stove completely and turn it on again when i come back... i rather be safe than sorry... :-0
@Malyck (3428)
• Australia
8 Oct 07
"I'd rather be safe than sorry" Great point, I feel the same, and it seems as though most mylotters also have that sense =D Thanks, Lingli =D
• Indonesia
7 Oct 07
You are so silly malyck! off course i will turn off the stew, or i will burn down the kitchen, and rush to the toilet!! hahaha
@Malyck (3428)
• Australia
7 Oct 07
=D Sounds like the sensible thing to do when something's already cooking. It was much easier when I had a gas stove, because the heat would be back again instantly. Now I am on electric, and it is such a pain to wait for the hot plate to heat back up, so I'd be more likely to hold it in =P
@artemis432 (7474)
• Abernathy, Texas
9 Oct 07
I'm paranoid - I turn it all off. Or appoint someone the official stirrer while I'm gone.
@kevere26 (223)
• United States
8 Oct 07
Personally I would turn the stove off so as not to add additional pressure to the scenario! I've been in this situation more than once and it's way more relaxing to void without the worry of burning the house down. I'd like to share a kitchen/toilet story with you that your discussion retrieved from my memory. When my daughter was a toddler she always took a dump during the middle of dinner. She was too young at the time to properly wipe herself and I'd eat as fast as I could while she was on the pot. Without fail I'd hear her shout "Mommy, help me give me some toilet paper!" And without fail, dinner was over for me.
@mimpi1911 (25479)
• India
8 Oct 07
Turning off the burner and keeping the cooking for hold is the wisest option but I have seen my mom keeping the burner on and managing somehow. when I ask why she doesn't turn it off, she would retort that she knows how long both will take. lol..
@dpk262006 (56521)
• Delhi, India
8 Oct 07
I think in this kind of situation, I will have to but switch off the burner and will have to resume cooking after my return from toilet. Because, I cannot anticipate how much exact time would be spent in the toilet, so I would not like to take chance with my vegetables or dish being getting spoilt due to excessive heating. =D
@kiobug (2250)
• United States
8 Oct 07
I always go to the bathroom when im cooking. I wash my hands in the kitchen so im gone for the smallest amount of time possible. Never had a problem.
• Philippines
8 Oct 07
well, i'll turn off the stove before i will go to the toilet. But that will still depends om what i'm cooking and on what state i am now with the cooking... if i think it's safe to leave it for awhile then i will not turn the stove off otherwise if it is risky, then i'll turn it off. it's just a matter of assessing the situation..
@sid556 (31003)
• United States
8 Oct 07
when i have to go...i have to run. I just shut everything off and go. i have little kidneys and i drink lots of water so i am very used to these situations.
@stella1989 (2274)
• India
8 Oct 07
I get this thing often ...and specially when I am cooking!! huh! lol My mother says working with fire mostly gets you to got to pee. May be its a myth..but I always get it whenever I am cooking. May be my mother's words are comming true!! whenever I get this kind of situation I mostly get someone else to look after the food....for some time..so that to watch it from getting burned!! If possible I trun the stove to low flame or the last option is I turn it off..!! NO other options..!! :)
• China
8 Oct 07
i will take off the stove until i get back,I will never just hold it until I had finished cooking,if you donnot have good feeling of cooking and want to do other things,can you cook delicious food?
@Amberina (1541)
• United States
7 Oct 07
If I know I'm gonna be in the bathroom a long time I will either put the burner on low or turn it off and remove the food until I can get back to it. It beats having something burn.
• United States
7 Oct 07
Turn the stove down really low, go to the bathroom, wash my hands, resume cooking..lol
@Calais (10900)
• Australia
7 Oct 07
I would just turn everything down on the stove, it dosnt take that long to rush there and back..
• United States
7 Oct 07
this has happened to me numerous times... and its simple just depending on the dish... can i afford to chance to leave it simmering? if so then i do after all i just gotta pee how long can that take??? lol usually if i odnt want to take that chance... ill either turn down the heat to a low simmer or ill just shut off the burner until i return... other wise if its something thats no biggie if i leva it cooking while im peeing for longer then 5 seconds hten i will just leave it...
@hoghoney (3749)
• United States
7 Oct 07
Well if I just got to pee then I am off to the toliet to do my business and then back to cooking, butt if I had to you know what then I would either turn it down or turn it off til I was done. You know when you got to go, you gotta go.
@terrych (1227)
• United States
7 Oct 07
If something like that happen to me, I will meke sure that my food it is out of the fire or put hte oven really low... and run to do whatever I need to do...