Spring Gatherings: Kids in the Kitchen
Before the Cooking Begins
Get organized and get talking. Small fry can be a part of menu planning and grocery shopping!
- Talk it out. When planning family meals, let kids pick ingredients and flavors where possible.
- Get organized. Cut out recipes from magazines or print a few from our recipe collection and let kids choose what to cook — then write up shopping list.
- Keep track. Have the kids keep track of the grocery list and help cross off items as you go through the store.
Little Kid Can-Dos
Wee little ones can help prepare family meals as long as they have simple tasks and supervision.
- Tear lettuce leaves and place in salad spinner or colander
- Rinse vegetables in a large bowl of cold water
- Snap asparagus stalks to break off the stem end
- Remove herbs from stems such as fresh thyme, rosemary or basil
- Press buttons for blender or food processor
Bigger Kid Can-Dos
Older kids can graduate to more challenging tasks and tools while still under mom or dad’s watchful eye.
- Peel hard-boiled eggs. To make the task easier on them, put eggs from the pot into a bowl of ice water for a few minutes before peeling.
- Measure ingredients. Spoon and level dry ingredients like flour and pour wet ingredients like water, broth or milk.
- Little hands roll great meatballs! Make sure to wash thoroughly before and after (the hands, not the meatballs).
- Carefully crack eggs into a large bowl and separate by removing yolks with a large spoon (it takes a steady hand!)
- Shred cheeses like cheddar and mozzarella on a box grater.
- Dip fruit like strawberries and orange slices in melted chocolate.