Cooking Tip

When pouring boiling water off of potatoes, make sure either a) the colander will drain faster than water is pouring in  or b) you stand far enough from the sink to not have scalding water splash on your torso when the colander does overflow


What to do when said scalding water does splash on your stomach…

  1. scream
  2. let go of pan in sink and screw the potatoes
  3. remove hot/wet portion of shirt
  4. put very cold compress on immediately to stop swelling
  5. look up “first aid for burns” on the internet
  6. follow directions
  7. thank God you own aloe vera gel and bandaging materials
  8. blog or twitter about it

12 responses to this post.

  1. very few people realize the importance of step #8. it really is a community service.

    hope youre okay!


  2. Posted by Trisha Sellers on November 17, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    My, OH MY, the dangers of being a mom!!!!


  3. I’ll be fine. Just a little blistery. Putting on aloe and a loose bandage for now.


  4. I’ve done the same thing but it was my hand. My Mom broke open 2 eggs and submerged my hand in them. It sounds weird but it took away the sting and I didn’t blister.


  5. Ouch!

    Ummmm… so what did you end up making with the “killer potatoes?”


  6. Posted by Beth on November 17, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Another helpful hint is to pour AWAY from yourself. It is harder to pour the hot water that way, but it does cut down on the splash factor. Better yet is to have your spouse pour off the hot water!

    Take care of those burns!!! OUCH


  7. You left out “cry” and “make your spouse take you out for dinner”.

    Seriously, glad you’re okay.


  8. Posted by Joni Ruhs on November 17, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Beth: I did. that’s why I didn’t see the colander filling up. Remember, I’m only 5 ft.
    Shawn: I wish.


  9. Posted by Joni Ruhs on November 18, 2008 at 9:51 am

    mssc: nothing; just boiled potatoes; not too exciting


  10. I love your realness–you keep us on our toes!

    Here’s one for you too: Never drive off to take your kid to preschool and leave your cell phone on the roof of the car. Later you’ll be walking down the road in really cold, wet weather looking for it. (luckily I found it and it still works, though a bit dented 🙂 )


  11. OUCH. I hope that heals up quickly


  12. Posted by NOBODYCAREZ!!!! on March 22, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Is this what you’re teaching your kids?


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