I am super excited for this week’s guest blog as it is our first one on cooking with children. Vera Miller is a talented woman who will share her kitchen expertise with us. Please welcome Vera!
Easy ways to teach your kids about cooking
One of the most important life skills children can develop these days (and a life skill that is sadly going on taught more often than not these days) is how to cook.
In year’s past, most every child was going to be taught at least the rudimentary basics of cooking before being turned loose upon the world. Children would know how to make themselves a sandwich, make themselves a quick meal, and how to pick healthy food options – but today that’s not always the case.
Here are a couple of tips and tricks to help you get your child excited about cooking!
Keep things simple and keep things light
The last thing that you were ever going to want to do when teaching your child how to cook or hooping to get them excited about cooking, is throw them first into a recipe that is way over their head.
The temptation is going to be there, to want to teach them how to bake the bread that your grandma used to make, or the spaghetti sauce that your grandfather taught you how to cook when you were much older than your children, but stay as far away from complex recipes as possible and really try to simplify things.
Obviously, you want to tailor the “cooking lesson plans” for your children to their skills level, their aptitude, their interest, and their abilities, but a great rule of thumb is to keep things light, keep things fun, and keep things super simple when just starting out
Take them to a farm or a farmer’s market
To really get children excited about cooking you’ll want to take them to the places where their food is grown and where their food is sourced – and there’s no better way to do exactly that than by taking them to a farm or a farmer’s market!
Most local farmers are always going to be excited about teaching children about their way of life and their lifelong passion, and a farmer’s market is always a hustling and bustling center of a local commerce that’s more a community social than an outdoor grocery store.
Children are likely to get hooked the second that they visit one of these locations, especially if you’re there every single step of the way telling them about how you’ll transform those ingredients through the power of cooking when you get home – and then you actually show them how to do it!
Take some cooking classes together
Some folks happen to be born with the “teaching gene” and find passing on knowledge a lot more effortless than others, and there’s nothing wrong with admitting that someone else may be able to simplify things for your child when it comes to cooking – especially if you attend those cooking classes with your kids!
This can make for a fantastic bonding experience and it will inevitably create those lifelong memories that mean so much to everyone involved.
Start off with their favorite dishes
You will always have an easier time teaching your child how to cook and how to really think about the art and science of transforming raw ingredients into a finished dish when you help them cook their favorite dishes.
Children these days have just about every distraction imaginable in their face all the time. You’re going to be competing for their attention like crazy, and one of the best ways to capture that attention and hold it permanently is to teach them how to cook their favorite foods for themselves!
Vera Miller is an avid food enthusiast who loves everything about cooking and especially using modern tech in cooking that can make even a novice cook look like an expert chef. She occasionally shares her opinion about the latest and craziest kitchen gadgets on the Kitchen Expert blog