I had such an instance a few weeks before Christmas. I was standing in my kitchen late one evening, chopping potatoes, talking to friends, and distracted. Bam! I came down hard with my knife, missed the potato, and ended up with four stitches and a sore index finger. Besides the bruise to my ego (I chop things all the time! How was I so dumb!?) I was concerned about keeping the stitches dry.
I have had other minor cuts from time to time (Hello mandoline! Ahem.) that required bandages, but a little moisture and a little oil and they would fall right off. No one wants a Band-Aid in their salad, but I also couldn't take four weeks off cooking to baby my finger.
My doctor came to the rescue with these bandages, which she said were by far the best waterproof bandages she has used. She told me that they would only come off when pulled or snipped off; otherwise they would stay on tight.
I took her advice, and presto — my stitches stayed snug and dry through three weeks of cooking, showering, and traveling, until I took them out (all by myself!) in a cabin after a wet 3-day hike in California rain.
Now I keep a box of these in my kitchen cupboard all the time. I hope I won't need them again any time soon, but if I do, I know that no one will find a bandage in the soup.
• Find them: Nexcare Waterproof Clear Bandage, 10.40 for a pack of 4 boxes of 20 each at Amazon. Also available at drugstores and pharmacies.
Do you have any stories of kitchen cuts or burns? How do you soldier on in cooking with a sore hand or finger?
Related: What Was Your Worst Kitchen Injury?
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