How to Work the Kitchen

Belongs to Gabriela Yareliz
Belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

By: Gabriela Yareliz

I have been making this list for months now. I have done some really dumb things in the kitchen, so I thought I would share. If you are moving out on your own soon, if you want to start cooking, or if you just need a good laugh–enjoy the following words of wisdom.

Advice from my own strange kitchen mistakes and adventures:

1] Always be fully clothed, especially if dealing with oil, frying pans or boiling water.

2] Never try to grab a hardboiled egg out of the hot water with your bare hands.

3] Before you use the toaster oven, make sure there is nothing plastic around it. That includes Tupperware and water bottles.

4] Sniff your gas stove before bed time. A bit paranoid? Maybe.

5] Don’t peel things with long nails.

6] Clean flaky residues around the fire of the stove top because it will catch fire.

7] Don’t cut potatoes and store them in the fridge. They turn black and shrivel. Apparently, they should be stored in a dark place, covered with water and used within hours.

8] Always make sure the toaster oven is on when you want it to be on, because it will tick deceivingly even if it’s not plugged in. Then, you’ll go check your food, and it’ll be cold. Been there, done that.

9] Don’t wipe your eyes with onion juice soaked hands.

10] Wipe jar edges so sauce won’t oxidize (that is why you also shouldn’t leave sauce in the can)…

11] If you need a “toaster oven” safe plate/ container and what you are heating up is frozen and too big to fit in a small bowl and too hard to break (because it’s frozen), DO NOT put it on a normal glass or ceramic plate with the toaster oven door open partially (because it doesn’t fit). The plate shatters.

Advice from my mother and brothers:

12] If you are storing salad in a container, always put a napkin over the salad leaves because it absorbs condensation and blocks light. The leaves stay nicer, longer.

13] Keep handles turned in and not sticking out from the stove top.

14] Wash veggies before sticking them in the fridge (if that is where you put them).

Advice from Abuela (my grandmother):

15] Don’t pack anything directly in foil, put paper between the food and foil because foil sticks.

16] Spice up your rice by putting nuts in it (given that you and your guests are not allergic to them).

Belongs to Gabriela Yareliz
Belongs to Gabriela Yareliz

Published by Gabriela Yareliz

Gabriela is a writer, editor and attorney. She loves the art of storytelling, and she is based in NYC.

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