Safely Cooking with Kids in the Kitchen
Cooking is a great skill which can be used throughout your entire life and involves science, maths and health education. It’s a skill that will teach your children to read and understand labels, calculations and measurement.
With many advances in kitchen appliances, there is so much more children can do safely to get involved with meal prep. The best way to start introducing your children to cooking is by giving them small and safe tasks. Then increase their responsibility and the complexity over time:
You want them to have positive experiences so they want to come back and cook together with you again. Start with small tasks like taking the leaves off the celery; this will make them feel like they are part of your experience.
Induction cooktops only generate heat in the cookware so the cooktop does not get too hot and there are no dangerous flames.
Your children can now help stir a dish while you continue preparing dinner.
We have already mentioned that the stovetop stays cool: that means no burned fingers or hands, for you or especially for any small children in the household.
Bake: 190ºC 15 - 20 mins Shelf position 3-4 (middle)
Fan Bake: 180ºC 15 - 20 mins Any shelf position
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup caster sugar
1 egg beaten
3 drops vanilla essence
3 tbsp milk
3/4 cup self raising flour
Step 1 – Set your Westinghouse oven temperature and shelf as suggested.
Step 2 – Line cupcake tin with mini cupcake paper liners.
Step 3 – Cream butter and sugar, add egg and essence, beat well.
Step 4 – Add flour and milk alternately, one third at a time. Stir gently and thoroughly.
Step 5 – Place mixture into cupcake paper liners, half filling each one. Bake until golden brown.
Step 6 – Cool on a wire rack and decorate with your favourite coloured icing.
With the Westinghouse 90cm oven, your kids can be in charge of watching the roast lunch cooking. The lights will allow them to monitor what is going on in the oven.
If they get too excited about what they see, the cool to touch oven door will ensure they don’t burn their fingers.