Teaching your kids to cook can seem like a daunting task. If you just relax and prepare yourself it will be okay. Sure kids are slower with cooking and can make a huge mess, but it will be worth it in the end. You create memories for a life time and you are giving your children a life time skill.
I suggest that you start with simple things. You don’t want them to be playing with sharp knives, boiling water and things like that their first time cooking. You need to make sure that it is safe. Set rules and limitations so no one gets hurt. Have things like; you can’t use sharp knives until you are 10(or whatever age you feel comfortable with), you have to have to have mom or dad with you while you are cooking, and other things like that. You want to make sure that your kids know all the rules and safety tips for cooking, like wash your hands before cooking and simple things like that.
I think that really little kids you should just start with simple jobs like putting the premade things like rolls and cookies on pans would be a great place to start. You could also have them help you set the table, and gather, mix or add ingredients. As they get older you can let them do more. When you feel that they are ready let them use sharp knives and work with the oven and stove. If you don’t feel quite ready for the stove or oven there are always things that you can do in the microwave to start with. Teach your kids about the different tools that they will be using explain how to use them and what they are for. Always start with simple recipes. As they improve you can do harder and harder recipes till they are ready to cook on their own.
Here are a couple of tips for whenever you cook but especially when you cook with children;
- You want to make sure that you have plenty of time. Kids don’t know what they are doing so they are slower and you have to be teaching them along the way.
- There are also always going to be times where something takes longer than what you were expecting.
- Before you start cooking have everything that you need out.
- Read through the entire recipe before you start.
- Then as you finish with one thing put it away before you move onto the next. This way you are getting rid of the mess and clutter and there won’t be as much to clean up at the end.
You and your kids will have a blast cooking and you will always remember it.
Sarah is an employee at www.readyholster.com. She loves to cook and is grateful for all that her mother taught her while the shared quality time cooking.