Cooking with Ease: Tips and Safety
Here are some ideas that will help make your
cooking activities safe and successful.
Before You Begin
• Always wash your hands when you begin
cooking and anytime they become soiled.
When washing your hands, make sure to
use warm water and rub your hands to-
gether for twenty seconds.
• Read the whole recipe before you start
cooking. • Wash all fruits and vegetables before using
them in the recipes.
• Gather all your foods and equipment before
you start cooking. Organization is the se-
cret to successful cooking experiences.
• Keep in mind any allergies children may
have. Peanut warning: An increasing num-
ber of children are allergic to nuts and nut
products. A nut or peanut allergy can cause
diffi culty breathing and other serious health
problems. Warnings about nuts are listed in
each recipe as needed. Substitute ingredi-
ents when nut allergies are a concern.
• Include the children in everything—setup,
cooking, cleanup, etc.
• Demonstrate and explain how to use the
equipment before you begin.
• Clean up spills as they occur. This will
prevent accidents that might happen due to
spills on the floor.
• Always have a first aid kit in the classroom
(one should be available in every classroom,
learning center, and home).
• Always consider a child’s physical develop-
mental level before allowing him or her to
use any equipment, especially equipment
that has potential dangers.
• Use proper supervision when using sharp
utensils. Help children understand the need
to cut away from themselves and others.
• When opening canned goods, be careful of
the sharp edges on the lid.
• Permit only adults to remove food from the
blender. • Turn off and unplug each appliance imme-
diately after use. Keep appliance cords tidy
and out of children’s reach.
• Remember to store foods properly as listed
in the recipe.