Cooking alongside your child can be a great opportunity for him or her to learn important life skills as well as giving them the opportunity to explore different ingredients and flavours. It also requires patience and time.
Below are some important kitchen rules that must be followed to ensure that everybody is safe and we all have a great time! Please take time to read through them with your child.
* Our kits are designed for children to use always alongside an adult.
Before you start
- Never leave a child unattended in the kitchen.
- Use a clean apron.
- Roll your sleeves up so you don't get them in the food.
- Tie back long hair. Nobody wants to find a hair in their soup!
- Use closed shoes, to protect your toes.
- Make sure to always wash your hands with soap and water before you start, and after touching food, especially raw meat. Make sure to use a clean towel to dry them.
- Clear the counter where you'll be working.
- Make sure you have all the ingredients at hand before you start. If you don't have one of the ingredients on hand, you can try experimenting with something similar. After all, problem solving is also a life skill!
- Wash all the fruit and vegetables before using them.
- Remember to use different utensils and chopping boards for new ingredients. Never use the same knife, for example, for cutting the meat and the vegetables.
- Make sure you have sufficient time to prepare the recipe.
- Clear up as you go, and make sure to wipe up any spills on the floor to prevent slipping.
Always supervise your child closely when cooking food on the stove or using the oven.
Never touch the gas flames or the electric cooking stove. Never touch the electric hobs or gas rings to check if they're hot.
Always be careful when opening a hot oven and always use an oven glove to take hot dishes out of the oven.
When cooking on the stove always make sure that the saucepan handle is turned side ways, to prevent it from being knocked off and causing burns.
Hold the handle if you're stirring the contents of a pot or pan. Always be careful not to burn your wrist on the pan when you're stirring.
Be careful when cooking with oil, as hot oil may splatter you and cause burns. Never put water into hot oil.
Never leave a frying pan unattended.
- Always supervise your child when using electrical kitchen appliances.
Using a knife safely
It's important to teach your child how to use and hold a knife properly to minimise the possibility of any cuts.
ALWAYS supervise your child closely when he/she is using a knife. Make sure they understand the importance of taking extra care when using a knife, and that they can never use it if you (the adult) isn't close to watch over them.
Make sure you have a sturdy chopping board and that your child is at the correct hight to be able to see correctly and hold the knife properly. Put the knife down on the chopping board when not in use. Never walk around with a knife.
Younger children can experiment with plastic serrated knifes or dining knives. Soft foods, such as bananas or cooked vegetables are ideal for practicing.
When using a knife, make sure they hold the food they are cutting, with the tips of their fingers, forming a claw shape with their hand, tucking their finger tips in. Doing this will help to keep their fingers out of the way of the knife.
Always put knives away when you have finished using them.
When using a grater, place the grater on a flat surface, such as a chopping board. Hold the grater firmly with one hand and with the other, hold whatever you are grating firmly, making sure to keep your fingers away from the grater. Never grate all the way to the end, always stop grating when there's some of the produce left (carrot, cheese, etc).