Folks, I messed up. For as much as I try to act like an expert, I’m not. So I decided to start a section of my blog called Foodie Fail that shows my bonehead mistakes so that YOU don’t do the same! It might save you a lot of time, pain and a finger. So here it goes, Foodie Fail: The Mandolin Incident
Let me explain.
I lost the pad of my finger the other day while using my mandolin to slice apples. If you’ve never used one before, they are insanely sharp. Like sharp enough to julienne a potato with little effort. They even come with a little guard to use, which I was using at the time, which in theory would have prevented my fingers and hand from coming into contact with the blade.
Well, my ring finger slipped. I started screaming bloody murder. Tai started freaking out and ran all the way to Walgreens to buy a first aid kit, gauze, and bandaids. Meanwhile I ran my finger under water and held pressure on it until the bleeding stopped, which took a while.
Then we made a mistake. We didn’t go to the doctor right away. It’s not like they could have reattached or stitched the missing part of my finger back on, it wasn’t that type of wound. But the bleeding had stopped so we thought we were safe.
Long story short, the next morning I thought it looked a bit strange and we went to City MD Urgent Care where they cleaned it, put a giant bandage on it and prescribed me antibiotics, because it WAS close to the bone.
So for you reading this: 1. Go to the doctor RIGHT AWAY 2. Use nonstick gauze 3. Actually have a stockpile of bandaids and gauze in your apartment 4. Just be more careful overall
Here’s a good set of safety tips on using a mandolin: http://www.mandolines.com/articles/mandoline-safety.php