Cooking should be a fun activity for children, but it's important that it also be a safe experience. Youngsters need to be taught that special care is necessary when using a range top, oven, appliances and sharp kitchen tools.
Pint-size chefs should always have an adult nearby to demonstrate basic techniques, answer questions and assist whenever needed. Naturally, older, more experienced chefs will need less help than younger, inexperienced cooks.
BASIC RULES OF THE KITCHEN
When using the range top, oven or appliances that produce heat:
* Protect hands with hot pads or mitts.
* Use wooden spoons rather than metal (which can become hot) for stirring food during cooking.
* Be certain handles of pans on the range top do not extend over the edge where they can be easily bumped and spilled.
* When removing the lid from a pan, tilt the lid away from you to avoid the hot, escaping steam.
* Set hot pans on a trivet, wire rack or heat-proof surface.
Keep the following in mind when working with knives, scissors, peelers, melon ballers and graters: