Kitchen Safety

When the kids are in the kitchen you will need to consider kitchen safety issues. Younger children need to be closely supervised just in case they don't burn or cut themselves.

You will be pleased to know that there are plenty of safe 'jobs' that the kids will enjoy participating in...

  • Washing fruit and vegetables
  • Seasoning food with herbs and spices
  • Weighing ingredients
  • Mixing pancake and cake mixture

    Why not ask them to design and create some place settings for the family, set the table and take everyone's drink orders. Better still, to get them interested in the healthy eating plan, ask them to be your own personal 'meal planner'. Get them to choose recipes and perhaps think up new ones. For younger children, allow them to pretend to cook alongside you.

    With older children, make sure that they are using appliances like ovens and electrical items properly and safely. Teach them the correct way to use knives and other sharp utensils.

    Whatever happens, never allow your concerns over safety stop the children feeling welcome and comfortable in the kitchen. Try and encourage them to make their lunches and choose new dishes and recipes for your family meals.

    Hand Hygiene

    It is really important that your children learn about good hygiene and the prevention of food borne illnesses, such as E-Coli and Salmonella early on. Even younger kids can learn to wash their hands properly before and after getting involved in the cooking. As the kids get older you can make sure that they are up to date with food preparation, food storage and cleaning up.

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