Under Fire: Learning in a trashy way
Number 4627 in a series of things you don't learn in culinary school: handling trash bags. This lesson may seem of minimal importance, but it is not. If you put in more than five pounds of garbage and tie the bag too close to the top, it snaps and the trash falls into the can, giving you an extra ten minutes of work at the end of the night as you awkwardly struggle to get everything into the dumpster.
And sadly, unless you have basic common sense (something I lack), you will keep making this mistake until you finally listen to some advice from a smart, frustrated dishwasher.
In college you stare at a book or a slide and you remember that information. In the kitchen, you are always learning from those around you -- even if you don't realize it. So now that the trash bags stay taut in the can, does that mean I understand the flow of prep? That's where the metaphor ends: I still have plenty to learn.
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