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As someone who enjoys the history of words, I find it particularly funny that the phrase "mix by hand" really means no such thing. I'll explain for any non-cooks out there: in the context of a recipe, it's a way of abbreviating "stir with a spoon instead of potentially over-beating the batter with a machine mixer of some sort."
And when I was nine, my mom found it particularly funny to come into the kitchen and find me elbow deep in a bowl, both hands covered in lumpy coca-cola chocolate cake batter.
Of course, being willing to get my hands dirty served me well later for making bread, and I am not the only person who has ever been overly literal in my interpretation of this phrase. I blame the industrial revolution.
Do you like to get your hands into your food? Or are you one of those prissy mixing spoon users?
Kitchen Fails is a series about how I once had no idea what I was doing in the kitchen, and managed to survive through all the grease fire and pyrex shrapnel and sharp knives that were involved in learning, until I eventually came to have great satisfaction in my amazing culinary skills.*
*Except for when the stories are about a cooking disaster from last week.