Cooking Merit Badge Health & Safety[text-box width=”100%” align=”center”]
[unordered title=”Areas of Study:”] [line]Health and Safety[/line] [line]Nutrition[/line] [line]Cooking Basics[/line] [line]Cooking at Home[/line] [line]Camp Cooking[/line] [line]Trail and Backpacking meals[/line] [line]Food related careers[/line] [/unordered] [/text-box] [div-line] [text-box]
[/text-box] [text-box] [unordered title=”Using knives correctly:”] [line]Use the correct knife for the job;[/line] [line]Always use a sharp knife, dull ones require more pressure and may slip;[/line] [line]Wash knives separately and store in their proper place;[/line] [line]Teach yourself to cut away from your body;[/line] [line]Do not use knives to open cans, cut string or sharpen pencils;[/line] [line]Pay attention to what you are doing, reduce the number of distractions; [/line] [line]If a knife begins to fall, never try to catch it – step back and let it fall; and[/line] [/unordered]
Other than knife safety when handling broken items on the floor or counter, sweep large pieces of glass with a broom and dustpan, pick-up smaller pieces with a wet paper towel.
My best advise regarding avoiding cuts is that you recognize that your fingers are each worth about $250,000 in your lifetime. Be smart with them. Would you give me a quarter of a million dollars just to cut something you weren’t sure how to cut?
General knife use safety:
Always use a cutting board so you don’t damage your kitchen counter-tops;
When cutting, one hand grips the knife and the other hand must hold the food and guide it toward the blade;
Curl your fingers of the hand that is guiding the food so your knuckles act as a shield and protect your fingertips. By curling your fingers you are making your hand into a spider. The thumb stays way back and out of the way. Thumbs get cut when not making the “spider”.[/text-box] [text-box title=”Quiz”] [QTL-Question id=9] [/text-box]