ABCs Safety and Tips in the Kitchen

26 Ways to Keep Your Kitchen Intact and Tips from the Pros

A

APPLIANCES should always be unplugged after use.

B

BE aware of your food so it doesn't start a fire.

C

Make sure not to CROSS-CONTAMINATE your food by not using the same equipment you cut or used raw food on with cooked food.

D

DON'T pull on electrical cords on appliances

E

Use ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY supplies and recycle what you can.

F

FRESH FOOD is the way to go with cooking instead of processed foods.

G

Fire extinguishers are on standby just in case of a GREASE FIRE.

H

Make sure the HANDLE of your saute pan is turned away from you so don't hit it and knock it off the stove. It happens all the time.

-Jonathan Waxman

I

A CAST-IRON PAN is a valuable kitchen ally. It offers an even cooking surface and is a breeze to clean.

-Linton Hopkins

J

Cook more often. Don't study; JUST COOK.

K

Always use sharp KNIVES. Not only is it safer but it will make your work much more efficient.

-April Bloomfield

L

For best results when you're baking, LEAVE BUTTER AND EGGS at room temperature overnight.

-Ina Garten

M

Buy fruit at its peak at a FARMERS' MARKET and freeze it in an airtight container so you can enjoy it year round.

-Mindy Segal

N

NEVER leave your food unattended.

O

To OVERCOOKED something is to cook for too long.

P

PLUNGE VEGETABLES in ice water after blanching (boiling) them so they maintain a bright color.

-Maria Hines

Q

When making QUICHE, it should be moist, never dry.

R

To take the burnt flavor out burnt RICE, just place a slice of white bread on it for 10-15 minutes and the flavor will be gone.

S

STORE YOUR SPICES in a cool, dark place or the spices will lose their flavor.

T

Use good oil when cooking. Smell it and TASTE it: If it doesn't taste good alone, it won't taste in your food.

-Michelle Bernstein

U

UNLEAVENED goods are good without baking soda, baking powder, and yeast that give them volume.

V

VEGETABLE PEELERS are good for peeling vegetables.

W

For safety, put a WINE CORK on the tip of a knife before putting the knife in a drawer.

-Giuseppe Tentori

X

FIRE EXTINGUSHER helps put out grease fires, electric fires, and normal fires.

Y

Clean as YOU go. (Dorky, but I swear it really helps.)

Z

1 medium-size lemon = approximately 1 tablespoon of lemon ZEST = 2 to 3 tablespoons of lemon juice.