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Tips for a Happy Cooking with Kids

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At any age, child can work in the kitchen with an adult present as long as the recipes are modified accordingly. Use your judgment to decide when your child is ready to attempt a new challenge and be right there for the results.  Here are some tips:

  • Never allow a child in the kitchen when using a deep fryer or oil in a fry pan. We have all been hit with "popping" oil and this becomes more dangerous for a child who is at or below eye level with this dangerous hot liquid.  A few deep fry models deep fryer are now made with secure lids to make the process safer.
  • Look for no bake recipes for the children who are just learning to cook and are not yet confident in the kitchen.  There are plenty of recipes that do not call for knives, stovetops or ovens.
  • When a child begins to gain confidence in the kitchen add only one new lesson at a time.  Do not introduce the vegetable peeler the same day you pull out the blender.
  • Allow any child that has mastered reading, regardless the age, to take control of the recipe card.  This will help him quickly learn the abbreviations for kitchen terms and get a firm grip on measurements and fractions.  Allow him to read the next item, retrieve it and then decide which container of measurement to use.  Always request that he show you before he pours it into the mixture or batter.
  • When your child has mastered the recipe card and can make a recipe independently, practice doubling the recipe and halving it.  It is not only great kitchen practice. He can even become a math whiz at school!
  • Allow your child to clean up when he is finished his recipe. He should not get into the habit of being the elite chef who has many hands cutting, chopping, stirring and cleaning up after him. Once he has made an effort appropriate for his age, then you can finish the job to your standards.

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September 23, 2017

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