Adventures in Blogging: That Time I Cut off The Tip of Finger Making Homemade Potato Chips

Adventures in Blogging: That Time I Cut off The Tip of Finger Making Homemade Potato Chips

Last week, I was cutting up tiny purple potatoes with my brand new mandoline (that I was way too excited about – slicing stuff is fun, especially when its NOT your own finger), and got a little over zealous with the slicing action…ended up cutting a pretty descent chunk out of the back of my middle finger. As in gone. No skin flap. Just gone!

I was creating a recipe for homemade potato chips, which I am still totally going to share, so stay tuned for that…I mean I bled for that recipe, so I better put it out into the world, right?!

Sure, it’s funny that it was middle finger because now I can (very festively) show people exactly how I feel if they piss me off. 🙂 But it’s also kind of crazy to me that it happened with a common kitchen item.

I mean really?! I always knew that at some point, I would injure myself while at work. BUT…

I also always thought it would be using one of my power tools. In fact, nearly every time I use my saw (like with this project), I half-jokingly ask Amelia if she remembers where the nearest hospital is, just in case. 

But instead, I’m having a hard time putting my contacts in every morning because of a freakin’ fruit and veggie slicer! Not exactly the cool(ish) ‘war story’ I was hoping to be able to tell here today.

In all seriousness though, the reason why I’m telling you all of this is not just for laughs. Though the laughs at my expense are more than welcome. I didn’t cut my entire finger off or anything, so I can still the see the humor in it myself. But the real reason I wanted to share this story is just as a quick reminder to always be careful when you’re working on projects – especially ones of the sharp variety.

I think we all get kind of get accustomed to doing things that aren’t the most safe because it’s the easier or quicker way. Especially bloggers! Standing on the tippy top step of the ladder (the one that says ‘this is not a step’) to get a shot, not wearing those oh-so-cool safety goggles while you’re using a sawdust-wielding power tool, slicing up veggies without using the protective hand tool that comes with the mandoline because it’s faster not too, etc, etc. So consider this my PSA to you, to remember to do things the safe way from now on, not necessarily the ‘easier’ or faster way.


Now that I’ve shared my embarrassing story, it’s your turn…

Have your own crafting gone wrong stories to share?! I would REALLY love to here ’em if so. Let me know in the comments below.

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Ouch! I also recently picked up the hobby of woodcarving and managed to cut myself one within the first one weeks. The first time was the worst!

Nancy Juliet

Brittni, Can I sign your finger? I always use the attachment that goes in the food because I am afraid of the blades. I have seen chefs on TV that just use their hand to hold the food. Did you need stitches? Pat S

Pat Schwab

I know exactly how you feel. I cut a piece for my left little finger while cutting cabagge with the mandoline. I was preparing salad for a Family Sunday Lunch and I was really stressed about it. I was in a hurry and I cut my finger. Lunch was cancelled and I spend the rest of the day at the local hospital. I haven’t used the mandoline since …

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