Pumpkins, Rutabagas Top Dangerous Produce List

Two-thirds of kitchen accidents happen around root vegetables

Forget the boiling water or 12-inch cleaver — the most dangerous thing in your kitchen might be a turnip.

According to UPI, most serious home accidents occur in the kitchen, and a British safety expert said tens of thousands of people each year have to go to the emergency room for cuts sustained while cooking.

A recent survey for the U.K.'s National Safety Week revealed that two-thirds of kitchen injuries resulted from trying to prepare difficult-to-cut produce like squash, turnips, rutabagas, and pumpkins, The Telegraph reports.

The pumpkin topped the "most dangerous" list, with rutabagas coming in second. Two in five respondents said they'd cut themselves while trying to imitate the fancy-pants knife skills of TV chefs.

"Preparing hard root vegetables is something better left to the professionals," said David Buttress, managing director of Just-Eats, the online takeout service that administered the survey. "If it’s a choice between laying down the potato peeler for a night and a trip to the hospital waiting room — I know which I’d choose.”

But if you still feel like living life on the edge, try some of our best recipes for root vegetables... if you dare.

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J holmes's picture

The article titled Root Vegetables Dangerous includes pumpkins and squash as "root" vegs. along with turnips and rutabagus which grow below the soil. Pumpkins and squash grow on vines above the soil (NOT root vegetables). They are still hard to cut but slicing off a small bit from the bottom to steady the veg or even sitting it in a clean sink using the drain as a holder can make cutting easier.

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