Cooking Safely

Although making food is fun, it’s important to know how to be safe. A burn on someone’s little finger will definitely spoil the good time. Kids need to know that adults should help them in the kitchen. They should also learn how to keep things clean, and how to use the kitchen safely. Here are some tips that will help make your cooking sessions safer.

Adult Assistants
Before beginning any recipe, kids should get an adult’s permission to work in the kitchen. If the recipe uses knives, the stove, or other kitchen appliances, adult help is necessary.

What to Wear?
Wearing an apron will keep your clothes clean. If you don’t have an apron, an old shirt will do. But don’t wear anything that’s big and loose. Long sleeves could catch fire or get caught in mixer beaters or other equipment.

Keep Germs Out of Your Food
A big part of safe cooking is keeping the chef and the kitchen clean. The idea is to keep germs, which can make you sick, out of your food. Always wash your hands with soap and water immediately before you begin any recipe. This is especially important for recipes that involve touching the food directly, like kneading dough or mixing ingredients with your hands.

Also be sure to wash your hands before and after handling raw meat, poultry, egg, and fish products because these foods can contain bacteria. You also can fight germs by keeping your working surfaces (like countertops and cutting boards) clean and dry. Wash them with soap and warm water after you’re done cooking.

Leftovers are great, but you don’t want germs in them either. Food may be refrigerated or frozen to keep it fresh. Eat refrigerated leftovers within 3 to 5 days and frozen leftovers within 2 months.

Here are some ways to keep from getting burned:

  • Use potholders or oven mitts (no dish towels) when handling hot pots, pans, or baking trays.
  • Turn pot and pan handles toward the back of the stove so you won’t knock them over by accident.
  • Source: KidsHealth

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