Cooking with kids

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There are parents who would envelope their kids in bubble wrap to protect them from the hazards of this world. Especially in the kitchen, the parent radar is on high alert. Sharp objects, hot surfaces and steaming pots. A mishap is bound to happen. The best prevention is to show children how to go about cooking. Because kids want to help and learn something while they’re at it. So hit the appliances!

Level 1: Practice makes perfect

Kids under three should not be directly involved in the cooking process, but they can certainly look on. The culinary adventure starts, appropriate for children, with a butter knife to cut up bananas or other soft foods under parental guidance. The child should sit up straight and cut, always away from the body, on a stable surface. This way hardly anything can happen to your progeny. Carrots and peppers are perfect for initial cutting efforts. Do not use tomatoes and small, slippery foods. If a butter knife is too hefty to get started, the little ones can work with a sieve, for example, or you can show them how to correctly wash a potato. The main thing is for the kids to feel involved in the process.

Safety first

To prevent burn blisters and other accidents around hot pots and ovens, it makes sense to give a short, theoretical introduction. Boiling milk or water illustrates the danger to them. Homemade signs of paper bearing warnings present a good opportunity to speak of the dangers with children. A flame edged in red with the inscription: “CAUTION HOT” is quickly picked up on by kids. Especially if the warning signs have been drawn together with the children. But those who prefer not to make signs or really want to play it safe can opt for an induction stove. Its cooking surface does not heat up, rather the base of the pot on top of it gets hot. The cooktop remains relatively cool and curious kids can hardly get burned by it. But be careful, induction stoves can also reach temperatures of up to 500 degrees Celsius. Kids should certainly keep their distance.

Level 2: Breakfast

Once kids are a bit older, in their fifth or sixth year of life, they can practice handling the coffee machine, frying pan and juice press. As soon as they have internalized these abilities there is nothing in the way of a great breakfast – without calling the fire department or using a fire extinguisher. Despite the recently learned kitchen skills, the drive to clean up is not yet too strong. Thanks to Miradur® – the first and only scratch-resistant cooktop – the stove easily stands up to the stresses and strains. With this special glass-ceramic, the cooking surface withstands the kiddie kitchen chaos without suffering visible scratches.

Conclusion: We cannot protect our amateur chefs from all kitchen hazards. All we can do is to share our experiences and knowledge with them along the way.

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