If your kid is fond of eating as well as cooking, and wants to try his or her hand at it, you definitely do not want to discourage him/her. Letting them watch you while you cook, and giving them brief tips and showing them new techniques of cooking while they watch is a good way of grooming their chef’s side, as they grow.
However, if you feel they are old enough now for you to allow them to cook then you need to find recipes that are meant for kids to cook to help them learn. If you are unaware of where you can find such recipes that are easy to make for the kids, then foodjj.com is a nice place to find some quick and easy to cook recipes for kids. These recipes are not only easy to make, but are also very delicious to eat. Here are the few things you need to check in the recipes you allow kids to cook and learn –
- Number of ingredients – Any recipe that your kid is making, even if it is under your supervision, must not be too complex as that would confuse your kid, and might even sway him away from his/her love for cooking. Check that the recipe he or she is making does not have too many ingredients.
- Recipe Instructions – If the recipe instructions sound too complex, it is better to move on to the next recipe. Not because that recipe is bad, but because your kid might not be able to follow it properly, and when it turns out bad, he or she might be heartbroken. It is essential to start with simple recipes and stick to it for a few days before moving on to more complex recipes.
- Number of ingredients that needs blending, chopping, slicing – If there are any kind of blending, chopping, slicing or food processing needed, make sure you do it for your kid, because it would be too risky for your kid to handle such items.
- Pictures – Pictures are always helpful for kids to learn while cooking. Whether it is step by step pictures or the pictures of the final preparation, it always helps the kids to understand what they are cooking, how they should cook, and what it should look like in the end.
These are the few points you need to keep in mind when your kids want to try their hands with cooking, but make sure that you are always around to keep a check on what they are doing as cooking can be dangerous for kids, especially when they find the access to knives, or other electrical appliances.