Cooking from scratch is something that I consider to be an enjoyable activity. Creating recipes, touching food, smelling ingredients and watching other people enjoy my dishes makes me happy. Dishes, pots, pans, flatware and appliances turn me on and I get quite excited over the littlest things that others totally ignore.
Of all the things in my kitchen, two of my most favorite small appliances are my KitchenAid stand mixer and KitchenAid food processor. No, I don’t own stock in KitchenAid and I only WISH they would want to sponsor my blog!
Anyway, I got a burst of energy after getting home which led me to picking up stuff and cleaning. While I was in the kitchen putting away the dishes, I also noticed that my food processor blade wasn’t put away. Rather than put it in the nice box that stores the blades, I decided to just plop it back into the processing bowl.
The KitchenAid processor blade is the sharpest thing I have in my kitchen. Since I definitely live up to my nickname, I have to be very careful with sharp objects. I know that “sharp” things are supposed to cause less cuts, but that simply is not true in my case.
This is the blade…
Notice the tip of the blade.
The very tippy point on the blade is extremely sharp. I am always so careful when I am handling this blade because it just begs to injure me.
(At this point, you should insert the dun-dun-dun-dun of the music from the old Jaws movie. Can you hear it in your head now?)
The processing bowl is plenty big and the blade actually snaps into place quite easily. Once the blade is snuggled on the bottom of the processing bowl, I feel safe from my own antics.
Wait a minute. Let’s go back to the blade photo because I need to finish my story.
I’m at the point where I decided to just plop the KitchenAid blade back into the processing bowl. In my right hand, I hold the edge of the bowl with my four fingers on the outside and my thumb on the inside. Very carefully and slowly, I begin to slide the sharp blade into the bowl with my other hand, guided by the middle bowl support.
I was moving really slowly, however, I did not notice the location of the point of the blade and I was not looking at my fingers or thumb. I had almost decided to just PUSH it down when suddenly I felt pressure on my thumb nail.
Glancing at my thumb, I realized that the sharp processor blade point is coming down on my nail. Instead of calmly pulling the blade back up, I panicked.
The hand holding the blade shook slightly and instead of pulling the blade directly up, I dropped it. The blade weighs quite a bit. So with the blade falling out of my left hand and my right hand trying to pull my thumb out of the bowl, the point of the blade went through the middle of the nail on my thumb.
Oh my goodness it hurt and blood spurted out of the center of my thumbnail. Not only did that make me sick, but the feeling of the blade piercing my thumbnail just grossed me out. The sharp point on the processor blade “popped” through my nail.
I immediately ran my thumb under water and then I washed it over and over again.
Since I knew it would hurt later, I figured that I had better hurry and write my blog post. However, upon sitting down to type, I also discovered that my internet had gone down. Calling the customer service number for my internet provider only got me connected to India. Do you really think that the people in India know what is happening to my internet connection in Richmond, Virginia? (rolling my eyes) Oh please! They are reading off a script!
The Indian script reading customer service representative set up an appointment for a live person in the United States to visit on Thursday. Until then, I am told to keep checking to see if I can access the internet.
Obviously, I’m finally back online, but guess who has a thumb that is throbbing?
Yep! My thumb hurts. (laughing) Would that constitute me sharing a fact or is that whining?
The good news is that I got a bunch of chores finished and put away my food processor without further incident…
Well, kind of…
When I decided I would blog about my injury, I wanted to recreate “how” it happened in photos. So do you see the scratches on my nail in the last photo? That happened when I lost the grip on the blade when I was trying to take the photo and the the pointed end of it fell on my other thumbnail. It almost punctured that nail too, but I pulled my hand out of the way just in time.
Now you can understand why my KitchenAid processor blade is the only sharp knife I own.