Kids in the Kitchen-
old fashioned fun & learning
Making something good to eat is a kitchen adventure that no kid should miss. But before you try some of the cookie and candy recipes on these pages, take a look at a few of the cooking hints here.
Before you begin - Once you decide you'd like to try cooking, be sure to ask permission first. You might need a grown-up nearby to help you over some of the rough spots. Put on an apron and wash your hands. Read your recipe all the way through to be sure that you understand it. Then get out all of the ingredients and utensils that you'll need for the recipe you have chosen.
Measuring: How well your cooking project turns out depends a great deal on how accurately you can measure the ingredients in the recipe. Use a set of measuring spoons: 1 tablespoon, 1 teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon, 1/4 teaspoon. You can use a standard measuring cup or a set of cups in different sizes.
Measurements given are almost always level, or even with the top of your measuring spoon or cup. Use a knife to level off your measurements.
Mixing: Use a large bowl to put your ingredients in and a wooden spoon for mixing them together. A few terms you will need to know when mixing are:
Cream - stir shortening, margarine or similar ingredient until fluffy.
Blend - mix very thoroughly two or more ingredients.
Fold in - add one ingredient to another and mix gently.
Greasing : Use a piece of waxed paper dipped in shortening to crease your pans and cookie sheets. Then cakes and cookies won't stick to the pan.
Cooking and Cleaning Up: When you're cooking on top of the stove, turn the pot handle around to the side so that you won't accidentally knock the pot off the stove. If you're going to use the oven, have a pair of pot holders handy for removing hot pans.
Mop up spills as soon as they happen. While your cake or cookies are baking, wash and dry the dirty utensils and put away the ingredients that you've finished using. Then no one will mind when you want to use the kitchen again!