Post # 1
I had a very very small fire on the store, and now i am terrified to cook. Now ill cook ( or try to) and if even the smallest amount of smoke comes from burner( like something has spilled on it and its burning off, or even steam!) i freak out. my fiance bought us a fire extensigher to keep close by but im still afraid.
Anyone else ever encountered this?
( and please only helpful info. i already know im crazy! lol)
Post # 3
I started a grease fire a couple times and WAY over-heated oil once to fry in and pretty much smoked the house. Luckily, my Darling Husband was close at hand all those times.
It happens to the best of us! Just breathe, relax and remember to keep your stove clean! Nothing wrong with being a little more cautious and careful, keeps everyone safe and free of burnt food. 🙂
Post # 4
How long ago was this fire?
Post # 5
You poor thing! Yes, my old house had a bad stove. I inadvertently set that thing on fire at least 3 times since I lived there, and I’m a decent cook. Eventually I used other burners, or the oven, or the microwave. :). You might ask someone to come look at it to see if something is causing it to catch fire.
Post # 6
It was months ago. and i still cant kick it! Im slowly getting better, for awhile i refused to use stove unless my fiance was home with me and in the kitchen!
Post # 7
@Jen51287: Hmm, that was a while ago. I often forget to turn off the burners (off is at the opposite end of low – go figure!) and I could have blown up the house!
Post # 8
@Jen51287: I’ve had that experience, and it’s wicked scary! My mom told me you should throw salt on a fire on the stove, rather than water, but I’m not sure if that’s even true. Still, if you keep the fire extinguisher and some salt handy, maybe you’ll be prepared for the worst. 🙂
Also, maybe try cleaning your stovetop really well if you haven’t already done so. If you clean everything off the burners and even clean under the burners, maybe you’ll have more peace of mind and you’ll be able to gain your confidence back over time. Good luck!
Post # 9
I agree with the PP (especially cleaning the stovetop very well), but also consider taking a fun cooking class and talking with the instructor about your experience and kitchen safety. I’m sure they can give you some good tips on how to be safe and make delicious food as well as provide a safe place to practice getting over your fear.
Post # 10
@Jen51287: Keep a pan lid close by to smother anything that catches fire. Don’t keep anything combustible near the stove. Do not put water on a grease fire.
Just keep cooking and you’ll get better at being less afraid. Also, don’t cook with a lot of oil. I was making mongolian beef a couple of weeks ago and totally freaked out when I had to fry it in a cup of oil. I never fry with THAT much oil. I will be staying away from recipes like that in the future. Cooking fires are generally due to oil overheating.
I use oil/butter a lot, but just coat the pan and watch it very closely. It only takes about a minute or two for it to warm up enough to put the other stuff in the pan.