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COOKING WITH CHILDREN

COOKING WITH CHILDREN

Tips For Cooking With Kids In Afterschool Programs

  • Find out which children in your group have food allergies or special diets (use the Food Tasting Permission Slip).
  • Remind children not to handle sharp objects or cooking appliances without the help of an adult. Cook with foods that can be cut with safe plastic knives.
  • Allow time for children to wash their hands with soap and warm water before handling food (even if they will be wearing gloves).
  • Review the importance of covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough and that you must then wash your hands.
  • Model healthy eating habits and safe cooking practices in front of children.
  • Wear clean aprons. They protect the food from your clothing as much as they protect your clothing from spills.
  • Don't cross contaminate foods by sharing cutting boards with both raw and cooked foods.
  • Refrigerate perishable foods immediately; if food is left out more than two hours throw it away.
  • Minimize bare hand contact with ready-to-eat foods by using protective gloves and utensils.
  • Always read the entire recipe through with children before starting.