Squash and kitchen safety
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Recently I decided to experiment with zucchini. The more I have it, the more I like it. I also tried butternut squash fries. Followed the acorn squash fries recipe on SP, which hasn't worked out for me. Butternut was better, but still pretty complete failure. It gets nothing like the traditional french fry texture, which it should. It's all gooey. So that's no good.
While that was cooking, I heated up a little olive oil and breaded some zucchini. Then, smartly, I went to put in some laundry. That would've been fine, but the machine on this floor was broken, so I had to go to another floor, ended up taking a lot longer than I expected...
and when I got back, the oil was on fire. The flames were a good four feet, licking at the stove's fan.
I thought, "dammit, why did I have to learn about kitchen safety so early? Now I don't remember what puts out an oil fire because it was so long ago!" I grabbed the pan and lifted it off the burner. Step 1: remove from heat. But then what? I waved the pan over to the sink. Oil sloshed over the side and onto the floor. Remaining on fire while on the floor, for a brief and terrifying second. Similarly the pan sloshed liquid fire into the sink. Which was wet. The oil and the water sizzled, and it occurred to me that pouring the oil down the drain might not be healthy. I took the pan in one hand and went to the computer, where I had a window open talking to my boyfriend. With my left hand, I frantically typed something like "quickk how to putout oil fite". My boyfriend, bless him, decided to give the issue some thought so he could give me a well-reasoned, careful answer. I didn't have that much time, and certainly couldn't type anything more to him! I'm holding a pan with freaking four foot flames. So it occurs to me that I don't want to burn down the building. I look at the balcony. And run for it, none too carefully. I slosh a little more burning oil on the carpet. Lots more on the balcony, which seemed to catch fire for a second. Then threw the pan into the grill and shut it. It was still on fire, but no longer going to set anything else burning.
AND THEN I REMEMBER THE TWO EMBARRASSINGLY EASY WAYS TO PUT OUT AN OIL FIRE
1. Baking soda, flour, almost anything granular that would soak up the oil
2. Cover it up.
Really. That easy.
Please remember this if you almost set your home on fire!
And do your best not to spread the burning oil about your building.
I got out of it with a very minor burn on one toe and some carpet damage. So that's okay. Just somewhat terrified at how easily I lost my head. That's not like me!
Anyway, when I (gently) heated up more oil, the zucchini came out *wonderfully*. It may be the most underrated vegetable in this country.