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Who said tomatoes were just for eating?

food stylist at work, even with a burn

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Last week our food stylist, Micheli Knauer, burned her arm while searing tuna on a grill pan.  While one of our colleagues ran for the first aid kit, another sliced a tomato and wrapped it on Micheli’s arm with plastic wrap. Within moments her arm stopped throbbing, and she felt great relief from the cold tomato compress.

A few hours later I was recounting this story to a few other colleagues of mine and one winced with horror, after hearing the story.  She claims that initially the tomato will feel good, but that the acid is actually bad for the burn.  So I took it upon myself to do a little research and found several recommendations for applying tomato slices or wedges to a burn.  And I read that the acid actually prevents blisters from forming.

What do you guys think?  Do you know of any other quick and impromptu home remedies that we can use in the test kitchen, if unfortunately one of us gets burned?  I’d love to hear them.



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  • JLHH | 06/18/2009

    When I worked in a bakery kitchen my boss put egg white on our burns. It definitely helped ease the pain.

  • smartcookie2 | 06/16/2009

    I hear that sliced onion works better than anything, My mother-in-law swears by it.

  • Kate777 | 06/12/2009

    Other than immediately applying ice to the burn, my mother-in-law (who lives in Texas) always has aleo vera plants growing outside and some inside. Just crack off a piece and apply to burn. Works great!

  • mtnmombd | 06/11/2009

    Most burn remedies you have but for a cut in the kitchen like the tip of the finger stick in cayenne pepper, blood and all. It forms a hard cap. Cayenne is a blood stopper. Leave on as long as possible and let fall off naturally. It will be healed and there is no pain. Really!

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