Keeping safe in the kitchen is pretty much common sense. Turn the pan handles inward, tie long hair back and don’t wear loose sleeves when cooking. If you like fries, then throw out the chip pan fryer (and invest in an air-fryer with safety controls. Keep a small fire blanket and extinguisher nearby.
Avoid nuts, seeds and nut/seed butters for young children and swallowing difficulties. Chia seeds can swell in the throat, so soak before use, and avoid for those at risk of choking (children, Parkinson’s).
If you take medication, check the paper inserts as sometimes certain foods can interact with medications (green leafy veggies, grapefruit). Spirulina cannot be taken by people on blood-thinning medication or with autoimmune/bleeding disorders or PKU. If you are on thyroid medicine, avoid seaweed (your medicine will say other foods to avoid).
Avoid turmeric for gallstones or bile duct obstructions, and bleeding disorders. It can also decrease blood sugar in people with diabetes.
Keeping Pets Safe in the Kitchen
Furry friends often like to get around your feet when food is nearby. Good-quality homemade or commercial pet food is best. But most people are guilty of caving into a few crumb-throwing for loved pets. However, many foods are toxic to pets. If you live with birds, read this post to keep them safe in or near the kitchen.
Even a few crumbs of a muffin made with xylitol (a sweetener) could mean an emergency trip to the vet. You can find extensive info on pet safety in the lovely manual For Dog’s Sake and at Can I Give My Dog? Here are foods to avoid near pets:
- Alliums (garlic, onion, chives, leeks)
- Caffeine & chocolate
- Grapes & raisins
- Nuts (esp. macadamia nuts)
- Nutmeg (also mace, used in Indian cooking)
- Raw bread & pizza dough
- Xylitol (sweetener)
- Fruit pits & seeds
- Salt & sugar
- Tomatoes (esp. green ones)
- Corn cobs (can cause severe digestive issues)
- Dry seaweed (can swell in the stomach)
- Raw salmon, fatty meats & cooked bones