Children learn how to cook and how to make healthy meals by what they learn growing up under your roof. That is why it is important that you take the time to start helping them out in the kitchen. Let them in on food prep, let them help pick the menu one night a week, and have them learning to read recipes out of your favorite recipe books.
When you get your kids in the kitchen with you, they are learning valuable lessons in life. Teach them the health benefits of the foods you’re cooking together, and why certain other foods aren’t healthy. These are life lessons that will go with them into adulthood and maybe into their future careers.
Picking The Right Tools
When it comes to working with kids in the kitchen you want to make sure that there are child-friendly utensils and stuff for them to use. You should teach your children about cutting food items, and safety when it comes to food preparation (like cleaning up between cutting meats). There are child safety kitchen knives that you can invest in for culinary kids.
You might even want to get your child something fun like an Easy Bake Oven. For younger children this can be a way to get the interested in baking, then when they decide it’s fun you can teach them about it on a bigger scale.
You definitely want to find kid-friendly recipes to start out with. If you’re convincing them to cook things they don’t even want to eat (like liver and onions) you might scare them out of the kitchen. You can also start with non-baked or uncooked foods.
Teach them how to make ants on a log, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and even trail mix. These are all easy things that don’t take a ton of prep. Follow that up with macaroni and cheese and grilled cheese sandwiches (both really easy kid-friendly foods). Then graduate to baking and using things like the crockpot.
Make sure to teach them all the safety precautions you can possibly think of when it comes to working in the kitchen.That means oven safety, fire safety, and their own safety. You should have a working smoke detector near your kitchen and a household sized fire extinguisher as well.
Teach them they need to pay attention to sharp items and hot items. Injuries can quickly and easily happen in the kitchen and they can be pretty bad, from a full blown fire to a severed finger.
If you spend time in the kitchen with your children they’ll learn not to burn themselves on the oven and not to cut themselves when using a knife to slice vegetables. They’ll learn how to fend for themselves when you aren’t home and when it’s time for them to move out as adults.