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Control freak in my kitchen.

I don't know if any of you are. I can't stand when other people want to cook in my kitchen. Using my knifes,and pans.I cringe. Being polite I ask them to sit and relax. Anyone else have this problem?

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  1. I don't run into that problem.
    Whenever someone asks if they can "help" I say, "Yes, get the hell outta my kitchen...."
    I suppose that I may not be quite as polite as you.....

    1. In my kitchen, the control freak is my dog... He hates to have intruders in the kitchen!! Personally I love to share kitchens, including cooking in other people's kitchens.

      1. I usually have everything pretty much ready when I have guests (I assume that's what you're talking about and not family?) I'm sort of a whirlwind doing final prep so I rarely have anyone try to help....well,now that I think about it, my SIL in the beginning wanted to recreate her younger days, with all the ladies cooking together in harmony. I didn't mind her using my equipment at all though, she is very delicate; but she was more of a hindrance than a help, since had to ask how to do every single thing. Anything she would take three times as long as I would, plus then I would lose track of what had to be done with all the instructions she needed. She finally got the message one time when I once was a little crankier than usual (nothing terrible, just enough that she realized I wasn't into bonding over the food like she was) so those days are thankfully over. I felt bad later but it worked!

        I'm more of a control freak with people helping me wash the dishes, because I've lost a lot of things that way.Why are you afraid for people to use your pots and knives? That they are going to damage them in some way? Or are going to hurt themselves?

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        1. re: coll

          "she would take three times as long as I would"

          omg, a couple years ago we had a get-together and one friend was so willing to help, but was not a cook AT ALL -- it took her over an hour to cut two packages of pita bread into wedges...

          1. re: juster

            It we were just hanging out it would be OK, but not when you're under the gun!

            1. re: coll

              I think the thing here was, she showed up early and was eager to help. It was frustrating because we really could have used some real help, yes, but it was obvious that she wouldn't have been able to provide it anyway, so it was best just to let her do her thing and thank her for it. I mean, it wasn't even like she was chatting; she was really concentrating on those pitas. It was just kind of jaw-droppingly hilarious.

              1. re: juster

                I can relate to " jaw-droppingly hilarious" with inept folks in the kitchen. A few weeks ago I was helping out in a beverage lab and some bartenders were planning on making a celery spirit. The celery needed to be pureed in a blender before infusing. They each washed by hand, and cut, one stalk by one stalk, two heads of celery, into tiny pieces and put it into the blender. It took about 35 minutes for them to do this.

                The next day at home I was playing with the recipe from the lab. I put a head of celery down on a cutting board, rough cut into large pieces, threw them into a colander and rinsed and threw in the blender. Total time, much less than a minute. Then I had the laugh I had held in the day before.

            2. re: juster

              I live with that at work. No more details, I have to be able to vent somewhere

            3. re: coll

              "sort of a whirlwind doing final prep so I rarely have anyone try to help"

              why yes: "you can ask yourself if you want dinner raw, incomplete or burned. because if you keep yakking, that's how it's going to turn out."

              which I find a bit nicer than blurting "fuck off and get. out. of. my. face."

            4. I am a little bit of a control freak mostly because I don't want guests to do something. However I have a lot of friends who will show up hours early to parties and I will put them to work. Usually it is something easy like buying ice or cutting veg for crudité platter. I will actually save a couple of these jobs for the people who I need to keep busy while I finishing things that I am more anal about.

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              1. re: melpy

                smoke and mirrors, smoke and mirrors. always save something for the sap.

              2. I refuse to do anything in the kitchen if anyone else is in there. Also no one is allowed to touch my equipment. I had a guest go into my kitchen and grab my brand new $250 shun ken onion 8 inch chefs knife and start whacking away trying to cut vegetables on a glass board and destroy it. I've had a food processor, and a juicer motors burnt out; and other tools wrecked by folks using them who didn't know how.

                Also, I once had my nephew grab me from behind while I was chopping ginger and I cut off the top of a finger. Had to get micro surgery to reattach.

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                1. re: JMF

                  Why do you even have a glass board? Is it a trivet?

                  1. re: ricepad

                    Yes, I have one on each side of the stove for hot pots and pans. Right near them are stacks of cutting boards...