What I Did For Love

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Cooking is hazardous duty. As proof, a sampling of cooking injury photos shot over just two days.

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That pink crescent is the burn inflicted by the hot oven rack when the cook reaches in to retrieve a pan and her/his arm doesn't clear the rack above.

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In three gatherings over two days, about 10 percent of attendees had a cooking-related injury, most of them burns (but one involving hot liquid and a bruise). Clearly the situation cries for a solution. Just brainstorming, here are some, from low-tech to high-tech.

1) Remove the extra oven racks before the oven is hot

2) Position racks lower in the oven

3) Elbow-length oven gloves

4) Heat-proof ceramic oven racks.

What other solutions can Bites readers imagineer to this unseen epidemic?

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