12 Kitchen Safety Tips – Cooking With Kids, Part 1

By Ebony Porter, January 30, 2017, Family

Welcome to Cooking with Kids from Bounce Energy! Think of the kitchen as a science lab or a living classroom. It contains so many elements that can provide hands-on learning opportunities for your kids – measuring, learning temperature, time, chemistry, fermentation, and more. Join us as we show you how to introduce your kids to the best room in the house!

Cooking with my children is one of my biggest passions. It was passed down from my mother and grandmother. Their kitchen doors were open to my siblings, friends, nieces, nephews, and all kids as we learned to measure, pour, stir, and simply help with anything that happened in the room we considered to be the heart of the home. As a result of this open door policy, all of us can now fend for ourselves in the kitchen as adults. Many of us are cooks devoted to homemade recipes with an ongoing itch for experimentation.

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Unfortunately, too many adults shy away from the thought of having their children in the kitchen. I’ve heard reasons like, “I don’t have the time,” “They make too much of a mess,” and “It’s just not safe with all the appliances and sharp objects!”

I take the opposite approach. This should be precious time in your lives together to teach them lifelong skills and to also bond and build confidence as they learn to prepare fresh whole foods from scratch.

But because I understand the trepidation some parents have, I wanted to begin this series by sharing my 12 most reliable kitchen safety tips. When you set the rules from the beginning – and keep them! – everyone will remain safe in your kitchen!

12 Kitchen Safety Tips - Cooking With Kids, Part 1 | Bounce Energy Blog

  1. Wash your hands before handling food
  2. Know where the fire extinguisher is in case of emergency
  3. Wear an apron, pull back your hair, and roll up your sleeves
  4. Only use knives with a grownup present
  5. Oil and water don’t mix!
  6. Use separate cutting boards when handling meat, seafood, eggs, and poultry
  7. Wash fruits and vegetables well
  8. Use pot holders when opening the oven and handling pots
  9. Tidy up and wash dishes as you go
  10. Wipe up spills immediately
  11. In case of a grease fire, use baking soda – NOT water

In the next installment of Cooking with Kids, we will focus on oven safety. 

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Born in Australia, Ebony has been in Texas long enough to consider herself a Texan-Aussie. Ebony has been writing for magazines, newspapers, and blogs, for more than 10 years. When she's not writing she's building quilts, growing her own food, or camping with her family somewhere far from the sounds of the city.

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