Kids love to cook. Have fun in the kitchen with these simple tips!
Ask an adult before starting a recipe. Some of the recipes are great for new cooks. For other recipes, you will need an adult to help.
Read the recipe twice so you understand all the steps.
If you have questions, ask an adult. The recipes in a cookbook will tell you:
Gather all kitchen tools (like measuring spoons and cups) needed for the recipe.
Check that you have all the ingredients before you start. Put all the ingredients in one place so they are easy to grab while cooking.
Some ingredients in the list may tell you things you need to do before you even get to the directions. You may need to peel, grate, or cut foods or thaw frozen foods.
Always wash your hands with soap and hot water before you begin.
Start with a clean work space. Clean countertops and kitchen tools are an important part of keeping food safe.
Wash fruits and vegetables with water even if you will remove the peel. Rinse the tops of cans with water before you open them.
When you are using a knife:
Clean means safe. After touching meat, eggs, chicken, or fish, carefully wash the counter, your cooking tools, and your hands with soap and hot water.
Always use clean, dry oven mitts whenever you use the oven. You may want to have an adult help you.
When cooking on the stove: Be safe when cooking on the stove. Make sure pot handles are turned away from the front of the stove so they are not accidentally bumped or knocked off.
When uncovering a pot on the stove or a container from the microwave, open the lid away from you to let the steam out.
When using a blender, keep the lid on. Turn the blender off before putting any utensils inside the blender container.
Keep foods at the right temperature. Hot foods need to stay hot, and cold foods need to stay cold. Cold foods such as milk, cheese, and eggs need to be refrigerated.
Separate uncooked and cooked foods. Raw (uncooked) meat, poultry, and eggs can have harmful bacteria that is killed during cooking. Keep these foods away from uncooked foods like fruits and vegetables. Also, wash cutting boards, countertops, and knives that touch raw meats, fish, and eggs.
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