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Jewelry on chefs, and what about Naomi? ( and you' when you cook)

I don't have cable. I am an artless, unsophisticated heathen. I do watch a lot of cooking shows because here in Austin our PBS station has 3 digital stations and one of them shows a lot of cooking shows. One thing I am noticing, and this is beginning to bug me, is that most, if not all ( I like commas) leave on their rings when they cook. Even my favorite chef heroine girl friend ( from afar) cutie Sara Moulton does.

The reason it bugs me is that I consider it unsanitary. Think of food getting lodged under the ring, putrefying and then contaminating other food. Think of the ring, or whatever, coming off and choking someone to death who got the unlucky muffin.

Am I a worry wart or does anyone else see this as a potentially dangerous situation?

Do you cook with your rings on? and what about Naomi?

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  1. <The reason it bugs me is that I consider it unsanitary>

    Doctors wear ties are unsanitary too, and that is a real situation.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/296...

    <Think of food getting lodged under the ring, putrefying and then contaminating other food. Think of the ring, or whatever, coming off and choking someone to death who got the unlucky muffin.>

    Keep in mind that these are cooking shows. They are not in a real kitchen cooking for real people. USDA does discourage cooks from wearing rings:

    "Avoid wearing jewelry except for a plain ring, such as a wedding band.

    The foodservice environment is no place to wear jewelry. The only jewelry permitted is a plain ring, such as a wedding band. It is difficult to maintain clean hands when wearing rings because bacteria can hide on the finger underneath the ring and also in a ring setting. Jewelry such as rings with settings, bracelets, or earrings can fall off in food or get caught in equipment causing an injury to the wearer. For the use of medical information jewelry, follow the recommendations from the state or local public health department. "

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    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

      Health care industry is pretty much the same with rings for sanitary reasons & also to prevent puncturing gloves.

    2. I'm with you, but for slightly different reasons. I don't wear my rings much because I get tired of taking them off and looking for a safe place to put them when I'm in the kitchen. I don't like the wet underneath them or the junk in them that collects while cooking. I do wear two small gold chains around my neck and am always reminded of how conductive gold is when I lean into the oven and then stand back up. Ow!

      1. No, I don't cook with my rings on if I am a making or mixing anything with my hands. I will also take my watch off as well.

        1. I don't wear jewellery usually... but if I did, I'd take it off to cook because rings would get dirty!

          1. Having worked in labs, and now in kitchens, I've never developed the habit of wearing hand-jewelry. Not even a wedding band (although I have one).
            On the topic of cooking shows... I did a TV segment ONCE, after which some viewer feedback included criticism that I didn't wear gloves. It's TV; it's FAKE. But yes, I do wish that TV chefs would wash their hands on=screen, just once in a while.

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            1. re: KarenDW

              Cooks on the FN channel started making a show of washing their hands some time ago. I'm sure it was in response to viewer criticism.

              1. re: miss_belle

                I think it's a good thing. I myself wash my hands (and no, it's not surgeon washing-up caliber) about every 5 minutes when I cook.

                1. re: DGresh

                  Oh I agree. I always wash my hands while cooking too. Just kind of ridiculous that it took criticism from viewers for them to change their ways.