Sent by Christi
Editor: Great question, Christi! As a guest in someone else's kitchen, I typically only speak up if I see a food safety misstep that might lead to illness — raw seafood thawing on the counter for hours, for instance — or if someone is clearly struggling with a technique and would welcome my advice. Either way, I find the best approach is to offer my help non-judgmentally ("Should I put this in the fridge for you?" "You know, I just learned a great trick for doing that....") and back down if they seem at all put off. Other than that, I keep my thoughts to myself, no matter how much I might be itching to give advice.
Readers, how do you handle situations like these? Do you speak up when you see a host making a cooking mistake or do you find it's smarter to keep it to yourself?
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