Once you decide that your child is of the correct age to learn their way in the kitchen, slowly and appropriately, then they have the chance to develop an amazing life skill as they develop. It’s important for children and especially teenagers to know the value in eating healthily, in cooking properly, in managing the logistics of their refrigerator and making sure they can fill their stomach with good food for less.
This can prevent them from falling to constant takeout foods, from accidentally giving themselves food poisoning from poor technique, and of course, from wasting money when cooking with proper ingredients can be so helpful. This can be especially useful to learn during the student/early professional days, when our beloved children get out into the wider world for the first time.
Teaching your child confidence in the kitchen, then, is a worthwhile use of your time, and there’s plenty of fun to be had here. With that in mind, let’s consider how you’d even achieve such a task:
Baking Can Be A Great First Step
Baking can be a great first step when it comes to introducing your child to the kitchen. This is because there are rarely any sharp objects in use (you don’t need a sharp chef knife to separate dough, for instance), flour is fun to play with, rolling dough and pastries can be a fun skill to learn, and the treats at the end are easy for a child to learn. What child wouldn’t want to try making cookies or a cake they can enjoy? This can be an afternoon task the two of you go through together, and you can show them the value of separating, properly handling, and weighing ingredients.
Simple, Beautiful, Delicious Recipes
Simple, beautiful, delicious recipes can show the benefit of good cooking and that it’s not a complex science, just a rewarding organizational task that always pays dividends at the end. You can even show them how simple great food can be, particularly with the right tools. For instance, this delicious chicken tortilla soup instant pot can provide a thoroughly tasty and nutritious meal with only a slight amount of preparation and cleanup. This can nullify a child’s or teenager’s impression that cooking requires a hefty amount of effort to get right.
The Basic Food Groups
Of course, education means more than just playing around with ingredients, but you can use those ingredients as tools for education. Showing our kids the most important food groups, and how to balance a meal can be a great first step here. Showing them how each meal should be balanced with a light amount of carbs, proteins and vegetables (which encompass both but also provide fibre) can be a healthy way of helping them think of meals as a balance, almost as if you were teaching a newbie guitar player the chords to create songs before actually teaching them songs to begin with.
With this advice, your child will slowly become more of a natural in the kitchen, but more importantly, they’ll enjoy their time within that space.