What age are you planning to teach you kids to cook meals?
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11-10-2012 19:51 #1
What age are you planning to teach you kids to cook?
11-10-2012 19:57 #2
Nearly 2 year old DS puts the topping on our pizzas!
I'm trying to get him involved as much as I can with cooking, my SIL taught her kids how to cook at about 9ish, they now make dinner once a week for the family (12 and 17years old)
i also think by teaching them to cook it helps teach them about nutrition etc, DS loves going to the fruit shop and "helps" pick out avocados and mangos etc and always sniffs the fresh herbs and says ahhhhh yum!
Hopefully by 5 he will be whipping up cheesecakes on his own ( for those who remember that thread!)
11-10-2012 20:03 #3
Ds has been helping with baking and cooking since approximately 18months. Now at four his learning to use a peeler, shopping for ingredients, using different utensils, how to use recipes and measuring but I'm still not keen on him using any knives or being too close to the oven or stove as yet. I'm guessing in another couple of years he'll be able to do alot more and eventually cook a whole meal by himself maybe .
11-10-2012 20:03 #4
Erm, when I learn to cook.... So that'll be never lol
11-10-2012 20:06 #5
My dd1 and ds1 learnt simple meals at around 9/10yrs dd2 isn't so interested but is learning the basics now with dd3. I agree about starting teaching the process of cooking in the supermarket. Simple things like how to tell if a fruit or veg is ripe etc...
I am shocked by the amount of young adults that can't cook or even tell the difference between a zucchini and a cucumber.
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11-10-2012 20:08 #6
My 14 month old has been watching me for quite some time so hoping she can help soon. I would love a sous chef is that what it's called?
11-10-2012 20:08 #7Senior Member
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I hadn't really thought about it in terms of an age, my two older kids have been baking and helping with meal prep since they could sit on the bench. I figured that would just progress.
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11-10-2012 20:12 #8
At 19 months, DD already helps by stirring, beating, rolling... Anything that she is able to. She loves helping and even more so, the finished product
11-10-2012 20:20 #9
DD is 9 and has been helping me with cooking etc since about 18 months, just simple mixing and measuring. She is now starting to also use the microwave and toaster by herself, will peel veggies, grate things by herself and help with browning meat etc under supervision. Still not sure on taking things out the oven mainly due to the amount of times I've burnt myself.
11-10-2012 20:28 #10
Dd1 had been helping since she could hold a carrot. But in terms of using microwave, stove and oven.. She is 7 right now but when she was 6 she, under full supervision, cooked crumbed steak, chips and salad completely by herself, even making the crumbs and crumbing the steak. I told her how to and was watching her like a hawk using the fry pan and the sharp knife. But she did it all and it was a success and was just as good as if a grown up made it and boy was she proud of herself.
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