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How to include kids in holiday cooking


As the holidays approach, there will be many hours spent in the kitchen preparing for holiday feasts. Although holiday cooking can be a special time for a family, having your kids running in and out of the kitchen can make for a stressful cooking experience. Instead of barring them from the kitchen entirely, you can try to get your kids to help.

Here are a few ways you can include the kids when cooking this holiday season, according to Create Better Health of Utah:

  • Be safe: Kids can become overly excited in the kitchen. It is important they understand that they will need help with certain tasks. Explain to them that knives can be sharp and shouldn’t be used without help. Teach them how an oven works and to ask for help when the stovetop is hot.
  • Be clean: A refresher course in proper hand-washing techniques is always a good idea.
  • Start with the basics: Kids will one day grow up and will eventually need to start cooking on their own. It is important that they know cooking basics. Teach them how to crack an egg, how to use measuring cups and spoons and other basic kitchen tasks.
  • Be patient: Things can get a little hectic with kids in the kitchen. Remember to be patient. Expect a mess as you go and ask for their help cleaning up.

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