With the long summer holidays ahead and the kids spending a lot more time at home, it’s about time you got them in the kitchen. Kids love to cook and to help out, even if it’s just the prep. It’s also a good way of getting them to try new foods as they’ll be cooking it themselves.
But of course, the kitchen can be a dangerous place for adults let alone children. Here are some top kitchen safety rules for kids to get them started on their culinary journey.
Make sure they are dressed for the occasion. You don’t have to run out and buy them their very own chef whites just yet but do make sure that long sleeves are rolled up, hair is tied back and any loose clothing that may catch on something is removed.
Wash your hands. Sticky hands have a habit of getting almost everywhere so do make sure that your little one washes their hands throughly before getting started. It’s also a good time to teach them about food hygiene and when they should wash their hands when they are prepping foods.
Grab a step. If they can’t quite reach then teach them to grab a step rather than stretching. Stretching could cause an accident.
Teach them to wipe up after themselves. Spills happen in almost every kitchen, teach them it’s a good idea to wipe up as they go along.
Be careful of hot pots etc. Make sure they are supervised when removing anything hot from the stove or oven. Be sure to have adequate oven gloves on hand and if they’re stirring anything to always hold the handle for extra stability.
Knives are only to be handled when an adult is around. It’s important that they realise that they should always pick up knives by the handle, should never point them at anyone and of course to make sure an adult is always supervising.
If there’s a fire. They should remember to never put water on a cooking fire – it could make the fire bigger. Call for an adult to help.
Talking of potential burns. Never add water to a pan with hot oil in it. It could splatter and burn someone.
Before leaving. Before leaving all surfaces should be wiped down and a double check that ovens, stoves and anything else used in the food prep is turned off and safe.
Getting your child in to cooking at an early age is an invaluable skill that will last a lifetime. However, it’s also really important to teach safety skills in the kitchen from a young age too. If you enjoyed these tips, please share with your friends and family.