5 Tips for Safe Holiday Baking with Your Kids
This blog was contributed by Alison Jacobson of The Safety Mom.
Getting the entire family involved with holiday baking is a great way to create traditions and memories. Even the youngest kids love being helpers in the kitchen especially when they can proudly tell guests that they made the dish. Here are some tips for creating age-appropriate tasks to keep everyone safe while creating delicious meals.
1. Set up the workspace for safety: Have a sturdy 4-legged bench for kids to use and be sure there are no hot appliances in the area. Gather all ingredients before beginning and have two cutting boards available to avoid cross-contamination.
2. Wash, wash, wash! Be sure kids understand the importance of washing their hands frequently during meal prep to eliminate cross-contamination. Keep them away from raw eggs due to the risk of salmonella.
3. Assign age-appropriate tasks: Rolling out the dough and pouring flour into a mixing bowl are great tasks for little ones. Older children can get more involved by using a cake mixer, separating eggs and frosting cookies. Always leave the job of removing pans from the oven to a teen.
4. Monitor: Carefully monitor use of electrical appliances such as blenders, electric mixers and food processors not only for sharp blades but potential shock or burn. If you notice a spark from the outlet stop use immediately! A fire extinguisher should be close by in case of fire and emergency numbers should be posted on the refrigerator for easy access.
5. Have siblings take turns helping: One can do the baking while the other reads the recipe. Your full attention should be focused on the child who’s baking. If you have three kids one can be in charge of clean-up – that might not sound like the best job but that’s the one who can grab the stray chocolate chip!
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