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:
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
are now made with secure lids to make the process safer.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.