We’ve been inviting kids ages 8 to 13 into our test kitchen for more than a year now to help us test recipes for our kids cookbook and website. It’s been fascinating to watch them interact with written recipes and try their hands at new cooking techniques. (Sending a huge thank you to all the parents who lent us their young chefs!)
Of course, there have been many surprises along the way, including the fact that many of these children had never cracked an egg before entering our test kitchen and most had never touched raw meat. Why? In many cases, it was because those activities come with a certain amount of risk or danger.
At America’s Test Kitchen Kids, we believe safety in the kitchen is about teaching kids to reduce risk—not avoid it. How are kids going to learn to make meatballs, for example, if they don’t get to crack eggs and handle ground meat? (We also believe that everyone should make meatballs!)
With that in mind, here are some ideas and tools that can help you teach kids good safety habits in the kitchen.