SafePath Newsletter: Kitchen Safety Tips for Beginner/Child Cooks
BEFORE YOU START….
Here are a few safety precautions.
To be safe, cover a few ground rules before getting started in the kitchen.
Teach kids to wash their hands with warm, soapy water while singing two choruses of “Happy Birthday” to wash away germs.
LOOK WHO’S COOKING!
To keep your children enthusiastic about cooking, assign tasks of a holiday recipe they are able to prepare based on their abilities.
Here are some ideas depending on your child’s age and ability:
- Three to five year olds: mix together simple ingredients, snap green beans, tear lettuce for a salad, press cookie cutters
- Six to seven year olds: shuck corn, use a vegetable peeler, crack eggs, measure ingredients
- Eight to nine year olds: use a can opener, juice citrus fruits, check the temperature of foods with a thermometer, pound chicken on a cutting board
- Children age ten and older: slice or chop vegetables, boil potatoes, microwave foods, bake foods in the oven, simmer ingredients on the stove.
With special treats and family around, the perfect time to teach your child about cooking and nutrition is during the holidays! Kids will not only get to try the new foods they prepare, but they will also get a big boost to their confidence when they see others enjoying their creations. Most importantly, cooking with your children will promote future health by teaching them about nutrition and how to prepare healthy meals.
Remember to allow your child to gradually master cooking methods. Start with simple techniques such as rolling dough, using a cookie cutter, or spreading frosting. Give your child time to work his or her way up to completing the entire cookie making process. From pouring liquids into batter to baking them in the oven. Explain different methods for cooking and their purpose. Such as baking versus broiling, and how you would cook different types of dishes.
THANKSGIVNG IN A PANDEMIC
VIRGINIA — The Thanksgiving holiday is upon us, and plans may look a little different this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Families will be deciding if they’ll limit Thanksgiving dinner to their households or inviting extended family with precautions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the safest way to celebrate is with people in your household.
For those that celebrate with others, the CDC has guidance to reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19. The CDC recommends wearing a mask over your nose and mouth except when eating and drinking. Individuals should maintain six feet of distance from people who they don’t live with, especially people who are at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness. Other suggestions include small outdoor meals with family and friends, limiting the number of guests, using single-use options like plastic utensils, and opening windows for indoor meals.
Virginia and other states have seen coronavirus cases and hospitalizations increase ahead of the holiday. Gov. Ralph Northam said the situation in Virginia is less severe than in other U.S. states but introduced new restrictions to keep it from getting worse. The restriction that affects Thanksgiving celebrations is a limit on indoor and outdoor social gatherings of 25 people.