How to Treat a Cooking Burn
Yesterday, while testing a recipe for Mediterranean Tuna Cakes (which are delicious, by the way), I gave myself a 4-inch long burn on the upper-inside of my left arm with the rim of a baking sheet. Sigh. It prompted some quick research on treating minor burns. Just in case you're a klutz in the kitchen, too...
- •Hold the burned area under cool running water for for 5-10 minutes or until it stops throbbing. This reduces swelling and helps dissipate the heat.
- •Gently pat the burned area dry with a clean cloth and apply a light layer of first-aid cream.
- •Lightly cover the burn with a strip of gauze to protect it and prevent blisters from popping. (Ew!)
- •Change the gauze daily and reapply the cream. REMINDER: Wash your hands before applying the cream or changing the bandage.
- •Optional: Drink a shot of whiskey and be grateful it's not worse.