Holiday season is potluck season. Which means there's going to be more than enough opportunities to leave your oven powered on as you run out the door, late, with your serves-8-to-10 dish in hand. And you want to know what's even worse? Leaving the oven safely off, but thinking that it's on as you're making a sudden u-turn just about 5 minutes away from home.
Instead of racking your brain with "Did I?" thoughts the whole way down your street, adapt this little memory-jogging tip into your cooking routine: Use the rubber band method.
To get started, just grab a few colorful rubberbands from the office (or some dusty Livestrong bracelets, or borrow one of your kids' packs of silly bandz) and wrap one around each oven knob.
Then the next time you go to cook and turn on your stove or oven knobs, slide the rubber band off first and wear it around your wrist. When you're done and you've turned the oven off safely, wrap the 'band back around the knob.
Once you get into the habit of using this memory jogger, you'll always have a take-with-you visual reminder that, yep, you really left the oven on. You'll never have to make a trip back home in vain again.