Kitchen safety question! I dropped a mercury thermometer and I am freaking out!
November 9, 2012 5:16 PM Subscribe
Help! I dropped a candy thermometer! Details inside!
posted by auiricle to food & drink (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I broke a candy thermometer. It shattered and mercury came out. On the other side of the kitchen was butter, eggs, and yeast, among other ingredients for a recipe I was in the process of making. I have no doors in my kitchen but I do have great ventilation and a huge window. I followed state protocol for cleaning up mercury - it was a relatively small amount, probably an eighth or quarter of a teaspoon. Can I keep baking or must I throw out my ingredients? Has this ever happened to you - and if so what did you do?