There are so many reasons to get kids more involved with cooking.
Obviously, cooking is a skill which will last them a lifetime. In the future, they’ll be able to prepare tasty meals for their families, friends, or even restaurant diners if it becomes their career path. Not only that but cooking with you kids is a great bonding exercise and a chance for you to impart some wisdom!
Having a recipe passed down through the generations is a great link to the past, and a great way to celebrate family. Cooking with the kids is also a great way to keep them occupied and interested on a rainy day too.
Here are some things to think about when getting your kids involved in the kitchen…
Mastering The Basics
Introducing kids to the basics of cooking is a good way to build a solid foundation. Start off small and teach them how food must be prepared. It’s a good idea, to begin with ingredients they're used to seeing. Broccoli, for example, or maybe even carrots.
Explain to them why food needs to be washed, how to prepare it, and then you can move on to cooking it. Vegetables are a good place to start and cooking them is fairly simple. It also teaches kids to have respect for healthy foods, and build meals around them.
Breakfast dishes like toast are also a good beginner meal. Simple to make, and with lots of toppings, toast is a great place to start.
Safety is of the utmost importance when kids are learning to cook in the kitchen.
Don’t introduce your children to cutting or slicing too early on. When you do, be sure to explain to them the dangers and to emphasize how important it is to be careful. Crinkle cutters and kitchen scissors are a good way to introduce children to kitchen utensils when they’re still starting out.
It’s also important to have a good pair of oven gloves. Cooking tools like non-slip gloves are an essential for older kids who may be starting to use the oven or handle warm plates. Make sure yours have superior heat protection and fit your kid’s hands.
Invest Time Now, Save Time Later
It can be time-consuming to let your kids help in the kitchen. Jobs that usually take half the time will become a much longer process.
Investing this time now will save you time later, however.
Teach your children how to make sandwiches. This is a good way to get them to be responsible for their own lunches. Let them know which ingredients are available to them and they can butter the bread and choose their fillings themselves.
So many kids leave home ill-equipped to take care of themselves. Furnish them with those skills now and you’ll reap the rewards later.
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