The 5pm Takeaway blog has always held that kitchens can be dangerous places for the unwary.
You never know when an outraged Gordon Ramsay might leap out and scream at you or, potentially worse, you might find an out of date, family pack of Pickled Onion Monster Munch lurking at the back of the cupboard and be tempted to eat them out of curiosity.
Ours feared have turned out to be well founded thanks to a new survey by the Zurich insurance company.
Beware the roast
According to their research, the Sunday roast dinner is statistically the most dangerous meal to cook at home. It’s closely followed by chicken tikka masala; the full cooked breakfast; fish ‘n’ chips and bangers ‘n’ mash.
The safest dish to prepare at home is beans on toast followed by boiled eggs with toast soldiers.
Apparently, the Sunday roast poses so many risks because the chef needs to juggle so many different pots and pans at the same time. Add in spitting fat, boiling water and carving knives and, all of a sudden, cooking a Sunday roast takes on the same risk profile as going shark diving protected only by a thin layer of Pedigree Chum.
Recipe for disaster
Phil Ost, Zurich home insurance expert said: ‘The modern kitchen is a feast of gadgets and gizmos which can easily become a recipe for disaster.
‘Celebrity chefs such as Heston Blumenthal and TV programmes like Masterchef have inspired many of us to get experimenting in the kitchen, with the likes of blow torches, deep fat fryers and mandolin slicers now common place.
‘However, our 2013 risk assessment shows that the more you have going on at once when cooking, the more likely it is to result in an accident – with the greatest danger being a fire.
‘So it’s not surprising that the Sunday roast dinner – often described as being like a “military operation” – tops the list of Britain’s riskiest dishes.’
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