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By: BrendaMTaylor (offline) on Saturday, January 16 2010 @ 04:46 PM EST (Read 965 times)  
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Recipes just for kids, or for parents helping kids cook. Remember when posting your fun recipes, use clear directions and some guidance as to difficulty of preparation.

Baking and fun starter recipes is the easiest way to start kids in the kitchen. Making faces with fruit and vegetables, mixing up an easy smoothie, or decorating a batch of cupcakes that you made with a mix. It doesn't take a lot of effort or skill, but it's simple things that make memories!



SIMPLE TIPS FOR COOKING WITH KIDS

Begin your child's kitchen adventure with...
wooden spoons, plastic or metal mixing bowls, wire whisk, kid’s cookbook, step stool, hot pads, plastic nesting measuring cups, and a child sized apron.

Safety first. Keep young children away from a hot stove,
oven, sharp knives and cheese graters.

Allow even the youngest chef to pour the ingredients into
a bowl; flour, sugar, eggs etc. Remember to turn the mixer
off first.

Cracking eggs can be a challenge for little chefs. Allow them to practice
a bit by cracking the eggs into a separate bowl at first. then you can
remove any shells before adding the eggs to remaining ingredients.

Keep the recipes simple at first. No bake cookie recipes,
fresh fruit salad, smoothies, dips and sandwiches are a
great start. See the recipes below.

Start with a cookbook that has illustrations to coincide with
the instructions. This will develop your child's to ability to
follow sequential instructions.

Purchase, or make an apron that is solely for your little cook to wear.

Consider switching from glass measuring cups, mixing bowls
and baking dishes, to plastic. They are safer for kids
to manage.

Pour on the praise, if the outcome isn't exactly as expected.

Expect a mess...spills will happen. Use it as an opportunity to teach that clean-up is part of cooking.



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By: BrendaMTaylor (offline) on Monday, January 18 2010 @ 06:27 PM EST  
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Age Matters

Kids will love visiting and working in the kitchen if given tasks suitable for their age.

3-6 year olds attention span is short so give them small tasks, They learn about cooking by watching, feeling, smelling, tasting. Let 3-6 years old help, even if its only adding cheese or crushing chips on top of a casserole.

7-11 years old can get more hands on experience and with help they can accomplish a lot. Add more advanced work for them as they improve. Help children learn how to stir and roll dough, and put ingredients together.

They can learn to create dishes and simple meals. Try bread doughs, pie dough, filled crepes, and side dishes. As they pick up skills, they can make cookies, cakes, and pies.

Now is the time to teach them to -

Read recipes
Read labels
Use cooking tools
Use microwave
Learn about kitchen safety
Help write shopping list
Help with menu planning

Teens 12-15 can do many things with little supervision. The are able to choose a recipe and prepare with little help. Add more advanced tasks as they improve.


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By: BrendaMTaylor (offline) on Monday, January 18 2010 @ 06:28 PM EST  
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Food Safety

Keep things clean - That means everything -- your hands, the food, equipment, towels and surfaces.

Keep a damp cloth or paper towel nearby to wipe spills. Wiping up spills prevents accidents.

Be sure to rinse and drain vegetables when making a salad.

Ask an adult for help if you have questions.

Be especially careful when opening canned foods.

Use a plastic cutting board to cut poultry, meat, or fish. Wash the board with hot, soapy water after use and before using it with another food.

Always pick up a knife or kitchen scissors by the handle. Leave all sharp items on the counter until you are ready to wash them. If you put them in a sink full of soapy water, you might reach in and accidentally cut yourself.

Never put cooked poultry, fish, or meat on the same board used for preparing them raw.

Wash fresh fruits and vegetables with water only, before eating or slicing them.

Use only fresh foods. Spoiled foods can smell,look, and taste normal, but can make you sick. If in doubt, throw it out!

Don't use cracked or dirty eggs. Be sure to wash your hands, tools, and the countertop after working with the eggs. Do not eat raw eggs.

Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.

Always use hot pads to handle hot items. Remember, food taken from the oven, microwave, or stove will be hot until they have time to cool.

Raw eggs, fish, poultry, and meat must be cooked well to kill harmful bacteria.

If you have leftovers, place into covered containers and refrigerate or freeze them as soon as possible.

Foods that are meant to be refrigerated should be cold when you touch them. Frozen foods should be extremely cold and hard.

Thaw foods in the refrigerator, not on the countertop.


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By: BrendaMTaylor (offline) on Monday, January 18 2010 @ 06:30 PM EST  
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Reading Recipes

The secret to being a good cook is a good recipe.

Gather all of your ingredients for the recipe.

Be sure you have all the ingredients. If you don't, make a list of what you need.

Read your recipe all the way through. Make sure you understand what to do.

Gather all your equipment.

Measure the ingredients accurately. Know your measurements and tools for measuring. (Measuring spoons and plastic measuring cups)

Finish one recipe step before beginning another.

Practice good food-safety habits.


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By: BrendaMTaylor (offline) on Monday, January 18 2010 @ 06:31 PM EST  
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Eagle Nests

Eagle nests are fun to prepare! Choose butterscotch or chocolate chips and add crunchy chow mein noodles to give the nest effect. Small jelly beans resembling eggs add color. Place individual “Eagle Nests” at each place setting for all guests to enjoy.

Preparation time: About 10 minutes.

Equipment you’ll need: Non-stick saucepan, wooden spoon, cookie sheet, and a tablespoon.

Safety: Ask for adult supervision when handling the hot mixture. Use a dry potholder to hold pan while you spoon out nests.

Recipe:

1 11-ounce bag butterscotch or semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 3-ounce can chow mein noodles
1 small bag miniature jelly beans

Directions:

1. Melt chips in saucepan over very low heat. Stir constantly.
2. Add noodles into the melted morsels and stir gently.
3. Drop a tablespoon of mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
4. Let the mixture cool slightly and shape nest with your fingers.
5. Put 4 to 5 jelly beans into each nest.
6. Chill in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Yield: 8 nests.

Clean up: For easier clean up, soak pan in hot soapy water after use.


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