Cooking with your kids is an excellent way to teach them an essential life skill, spend quality time with them, pass on family recipes, and get them curious about trying new foods. However, the kitchen has many potential hazards that little ones should be aware of. At Reno’s Appliance, we are kitchen experts and have compiled this list of 8 tips that you can use to teach kitchen safety for kids.
Always Ask an Adult
This may seem obvious, but as your kids get more comfortable and independent in the kitchen, they may forget to ask permission before they start to cook. Or, excited little chefs may want to surprise the family with a homemade treat. Remind kids that an adult has to be present with them in the kitchen at all times.
Wash Your Hands
Every parent probably already tells their child to wash their hands about 20 times a day. However, it’s especially important that kids understand that germs on their hands can be transferred to food when cooking. Always have them wash well before meal prep starts.
Use a Potholder
Kids may not realize how hot a dish may be when it is first pulled out of the oven. Help prevent burns by making sure they know how to properly use a potholder.
Roll Up Your Sleeves
Kids should literally roll up their sleeves before they begin work. Long hair should be tied back as well. This will help keep sleeves and hair strands from getting snagged on something, dipping into food, or worse yet, catching fire.
Be Safe with Knives
Knowing about the dangers of knives is a major part of kitchen safety for kids. Make sure that your children know to only pick up knives by their handles and to never point them at anyone. Kids should only use knives when they have been given permission to do so. Give younger kids plastic knives to work with so they can learn proper cutting techniques before moving on to kitchen knives.
Ask Before You Lick
Who doesn’t love to lick icing or cake batter off the spoon? However, make sure your kids know that they have to ask before they can lick. Otherwise, they might consume raw ingredients that can make them sick.
Practice Stove Safety
Proper kitchen safety for kids wouldn’t be complete without addressing the dangers associated with stoves. Remind kids to keep potholders, paper towels, dish towels and other flammable materials away from cook tops. Demonstrate how to position pots so the handles are facing in. Finally, teach kids that baking soda or flour should be used to douse the flames of a stove top fire – never water.
Clean Up is Essential
Cooking in the kitchen is always tons of fun. But cleaning? Not so much. However, proper clean up is an essential part of kitchen safety for kids. Kids should make sure the oven and burners are completely turned off. All food should be properly stored and refrigerated. All spills should be cleaned up. Finally, any surfaces or utensils that handled raw meat or eggs should be properly sanitized.
Teaching kitchen safety for kids early on will help instill good kitchen habits that will stay with them into adulthood.
Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our wide selection of appliances.