EXTENSION CONNECTION: 4-H, a recipe for success in the kitchen

Published: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 01:00 PM.

Joining adults in the kitchen helps kids learn about foods. Most 4-H cooking projects explore the science, nutrition and history of cooking while promoting healthy eating and resource management.

Of course, safety comes first. Follow these tips:

●Have supervision, and never allow kids to cook without asking for permission.

●Tell children that cleanliness is good. They should keep hands and surfaces clean, and children with long hair need to tie it up.  

●Ensure kids don't wear loose clothing that can catch on fire.

After setting safety rules, help youths identify, and know how to safely use, common kitchen tools including knives and other sharp objects. Ditto for hot items such as a broiler, toaster, stove or microwave.

Teach kids about measuring methods and demonstrate how to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. We certainly don’t want foodborne illnesses coming our way.

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