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10 Tips for Kids Learning To Cook

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Have you thought about why it is important for kids to know how to cook? Are you trying to teach them to save money or have more control over ingredients for health reasons or control their weight? Maybe you want a different kind of quality time with your kids, or giving the family a reason to gather or simply avoiding "death-by-drive through".

I was really lucky for a variety of reasons. I started cooking meals for my family when I was very young. By the time I got to the home economics class in junior high school I was already pretty experienced.

Michael waited until he was an adult to learn. He was living on his own and building his career. He grabbed a simple cookbook in the checkout line at a grocery store and started to teach himself. The first time he cooked dinner for me it was Crab Quiche…WOW!

Regardless of your children’s ages it’s never too early or too late to start them cooking by working together with you to choose ingredients, plan meals or put together a celebration. After safety, our first rule for cooking with kids is to have fun. The second rule is to let them fully participate and not take over when they struggle to master a technique. We also end our cooking time with a sit down taste or meal and take plenty of time for them to talk about their favorite part of the time and what they learned. You might want to check out http://www.portlandfamily.com/posts/kids-in-the-kitchen-10-benefits-of-cooking-with-children for some great reasons to get cooking.

Although Michael and I are cooks, that doesn’t mean we aren’t still learning. Sometimes we learn by experimenting at home or taking classes together at a local community center called Kitchen on the Green. We also like to learn from others by having cooking parties around a themed meal. Maybe your kids could organize their own cooking parties and show off their new skills.

Stay Tasty!


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