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    easy for kids to help with

    nochlo
    Sat Oct 27, 2012 10:17 pm
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    i am looking for good/easy recipes for my 5 year old to help with and my 3 year old to help with,\.
    we cook with alot of chicken and ground beef and do like the crock pot too...
    I am trying to teach my kids how to cook as I have been previously married with a woman who didn't know how to cook and my wife also isn't that great at it but she does try. "A" for effort.

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    luap
    Mon Oct 29, 2012 5:18 pm
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    Don't have any specific recipes to recommend but whatever you normally make, they can help with as long as you look after everything sharp or hot. From the time that they were big enough to pull up the chair or stool beside me, my kids have helped me cook. Here are my suggestions:

    You measure out ingredients and hand over the spoon or cup to them to dump in the bowl or pot. Once they're bigger, let them measure on their own.

    They can stir the bowl. You may want to use a slightly larger bowl than you might have otherwise to minimize the slops from overly aggressive mixing. Remind them to hold the bowl with one hand while they stir with the other so the bowl doesn't end up on the floor.

    Let them crack eggs. Crack one egg at a time into a small bowl. That makes it easy to fish out the bits of shell.

    Make things that need to be shaped - eg - meatballs. Little hands are perfect for shaping the balls.
    Homemade pizza? - let them have a turn kneading and shaping dough - or even if using a premade crust, grate the cheese, cut up the toppings and let the kids put it all together.

    They may not enjoy touching or even looking at raw meat - some kids find it icky.

    Expect a mess and expect to take longer.

    Have fun!!
    nochlo
    Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:15 am
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    Thanks for the tips.
    jacksonwalker
    Thu Dec 27, 2012 5:15 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    My kid started with cookie making and now she is 12 and she is already capable to make most of the dishes.
    JohnSmith33
    Fri May 31, 2013 3:51 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    cooking pizass and many more different receipes and fried chicken that i love to cook.Lots of electronic appliaces are available that makes my work bit easier.
    AmyThielen
    Wed Sep 04, 2013 3:26 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I can definitely relate to your question: it's not only better to have your kids understand the work involved in preparing food (i.e., not watching cartoons while you are busily putting together their dinner), but I've seen how my son and my niece and nephew - between ages 3 and 6 - get such satisfaction from helping me in the kitchen, too. They are so proud when they get to eat what they actually made! Kids love doughs, everything from pie dough to pizza dough, even if it's not playdough - it is! There are two things that the kids can help with at these young ages and both are pretty much stress free: granola and pizza. With granola, if you just measure out the oil/butter and suger/honey yourself, the kids can add the rest of the things themselves as they see fit: oats, sesame seeds, wheat germ, cinnamon, pecans (have them help you break them up first!), pumpkin seeds, etc. As for pizza, the same goes: get your sauce, cheese, mushrooms, olives, ham, etc. ready in bowls, and they can put them on themselves.
    duonyte
    Mon Oct 14, 2013 11:43 pm
    Forum Host
    I remember my mother having us knead small portions of dough that would be formed into little buns and then baked - always so exciting for us. She also would have us spread butter with a butter knife onto bread and make sandwiches with supervision - she'd lay out the ingredients and give us some latitude.

    The most fun was when she made sausage - a handcrank grinder, so she could control the speed while we caught the sausage. She could stop at intervals to twist the casings for the links. Gosh, we loved that - although we loved eating the sausages even more.

    And even licking the bowl with the batter or frosting interested us in the end results.

    A little related is gardening - picking peas or pulling carrots made us more interested in eating them, too. Washing the veggies was a natural if we picked them ourselves.

    I was probably the most proficient of us kids, and started making yeast doughs by the time I was ten with little supervision, branched off into more elaborate dishes. I'll never forget when I made a peach kuchen, and was taking it into the living room to show my parents, when I tripped on a throw rug, and the kuchen ended up peach side down on the carpet... Fortunately good reaction from the folks, so was not traumatized to continue cooking.

    Kuchen is a good starter yeast recipe for slightly older kids, as it's a batter dough, so easier to manage.
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