Yesterday, I told you about the Kids Cooking: A Very Slightly Messy Manual cookbook I found for cooking with my son. I thought I could also share with you a few tips I’ve learned from our cooking times together.
Here are a few things I think make our kitchen time run more smoothly:
- Discuss safety issues – Make sure your child understands safety issues, such as knife and other sharp utensils safety, as well as oven and stovetop safety.
- Use plastic or stainless containers instead of glass – If the containers get knocked over, you may have a mess, but at least there will be no broken glass, which could be a safety hazard, especially when working with younger children.
- Have everything out and ready before you start – I find it much easier to go ahead and get all my ingredients laid out on the counter and ready to go before I bring my son into the kitchen.
- Make foods visually appealing – Kids love to create fun foods. They are also much more likely to eat them if they think the foods are fun to look at.
- Start with simple recipes – You don’t want to start out baking homemade bread or preparing a half-day meal when kids are involved. Most kids have a short attention span and the less involved your recipe the easier it will be on you and your child.
- Plan for clean up time and let kids help – The kitchen is going to be a bigger mess when kids are helping you cook. It’s important for them to learn cleaning is a part of the cooking process. Cooking is fun but with it comes clean up responsibilities also.
- Get them their own apron and/or chef’s hat – As you can see from the above picture, my son has his own little apron and chef’s hat. We call him Chef David and he loves it.
- Compliment your child’s progress – Even if things don’t turn out the way you planned, it’s okay. Remember, this is a learning experience for your child, and it’s suppose to be fun most of all.
- Don’t try to cook when the kids are hungry – Believe me, I’ve tried this and it’s a disaster waiting to happen.
- Be patient – It’s going to take longer with kids in the kitchen, so be sure to allow plenty of time and be patient with your child as you proceed through each step of the recipe.
- Have fun – If you can’t have fun, you might as well get out of the kitchen.
As I promised yesterday, here is a picture of one of the other recipes my son and I tried from the Kids Cooking recipe book.
These are called Disgustingly Rich Brownies, and believe me, they were nothing less than disgustingly delicious.
This post is linked to Kitchen Tip Tuesday.
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