Tips in the Kitchen
It’s never too early to think about kitchen safety, preparation
of healthy and kid-friendly meals and snacks, and safe food handling
for children. Island Harvest would like to share with you some
quick tips and techniques to keep you and your children safe
in the kitchen and help make cooking for one another
an enjoyable learning experience.
Some basic kitchen tips:
• Make sure you wash your hands before working with food.
• If your hair is long, make sure to pull it back or tie it
• Make sure you are covered up with an apron and that
your sleeves are rolled up,
if necessary, to prevent accidents.
• Get all the food and utensils together before you start cooking.
• Rinse fruits and vegetables before using them.
• Use a cutting board for cutting and chopping.
• Preheat-before baking anything.
• Set the timer or watch the clock so things do not overcook
• Leave the kitchen clean. When you are done, clean up
the mess, wash your dishes,
turn off the stove, and unplug
• Be sure hands are dry when you plug in or disconnect anything
• Use a pot holder when taking pans out of the oven or pots
off the stove.
• Set hot pots and pans on a cooling rack or hot pad.
• Always keep saucepan handles from pointing over the edge
of the stove.
• Open lids off steaming pots away from you.
• When using a knife –
Always ask permission before using a sharp knife.
Always cut away from you.
Pay Attention! Never look away or chat while you are using
Always use a cutting board, never cut something in your hand.
Sometimes it’s better for your adult helper to cut
all you ingredients before you start.
• Avoid sneezing or coughing over the food. Cough away
from the food and wash your
• It is not safe to lick your fingers when certain raw foods, such
as raw eggs, chicken or beef
are being used. Wash your hands and keep a
to wipe off sticky fingers.
• If you want to taste during cooking, be sure to use one utensil
to taste and another to stir
or mix the food.