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12 Things you should never do in the kitchen

The kitchen, a wondrous place full of delicious possibilities, can also be a dangerous one.

There are hot surfaces and sharp objects all around, and things can get ugly if one is not careful from something as a ruined meal to more serious outcomes like severe burns.

There are do’s and don’t’s when it comes to proper kitchen etiquette. Without further ado, here are things you should never do in the kitchen:

1. Never try to catch a falling knife – Just take a step back.

2. Never use wet kitchen towels or oven mitts to handle hot pots or pans – Heat transfers a lot faster through wet cloth than dry ones.

3. Don’t put a hot glass dish on a wet surface – Or, a hot pan on a glass table or hot liquid into an actual glass. It will shatter, and make a big ol’ mess.

4. Never serve a dish before you taste it – It will almost always need more salt.

5. Never forget to wash your hands after chopping a chilly – Your eyes will thank you.

6. Never scrape your knife against a cutting board to move food off of it – It’ll dull the blade faster than you can say whoops.

7. Don’t use metal utensils on a non-stick pan – It’ll ruin the coating on the pan.

Sizzling hot sausages on a frying pan.
Sizzling hot sausages on a frying pan.

8. Never mix water and hot oil – Bad things will happen and you could get seriously burned.

9. Don’t use a dull knife – It’s far more dangerous than the sharpest blade in the world.

10. Don’t ignore what salt can do – Salt is what makes food taste good. Learn how and when to use it.

11. Don’t forget: hot glass looks like cold glass – But they both feel very different.

12. If a fire starts in your oven, don’t open the door – Opening it will feed the fire by giving it oxygen only making it worse. Instead, turn off the oven.