The kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home. It’s a place where memories and masterpieces are created and cherished. From the recreation of Aunt B’s apple pie that turned out beautifully or the hot mess that should have been Grandma’s creamy mashed potatoes but turned out to be a yellow glob with a near-rubber consistency, the kitchen is where memories are made.
Whether you’re handing down secret recipes or starting new traditions, our kiddos and grand kids have a huge role in these special culinary memories. Cooking with kiddos can definitely be fun, but it’s so important that we remember that these little ones are often curious, clumsy and inexperienced in the kitchen. That’s a dangerous combination that could certainly lead to injuries if we aren’t careful.
So, here are some basic do's and don’ts to help us keep the kiddos safe as we make wonderful memories in the kitchen.
…use back burners if younger children are in the kitchen.
…take your time and not rush around.
…use hot pads and oven mitts.
…remove lids to direct steam away from your face.
…keep a first aid kit and fire extinguisher handy, just in case.
…hold or carry children while cooking.
…wear baggy clothes that can get caught in mixers or beaters.
…set anything that can catch fire near or on the stove.
…leave the kitchen while using the stove top.
…place dirty sharp knives in a sink full of water.
Guy Fieri of Food Network once said, “Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes, and cooking. It’s about harnessing imagination, empowerment, and creativity.”
Creativity in the kitchen can absolutely lead to life-long memories, but let’s make sure to keep safety on the front burner during the fun.