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December 4, 2010

Cooking with the Kids & Teaching Knife Safety

Yesterday was my bi-monthly visit to Bryce's school to teach the K-1 class cooking.  Bryce Loves fruit and would probably be entirely happy if I allowed him to live off of fruit, raw veggies and meat, so at his request, we prepared Fruit Skewers in cooking class.  I also thought this would be a perfect opportunity to teach the kids about knife safety in the kitchen.

I brought in pineapple, kiwi, bananas, oranges, strawberries, cantaloupe, and dried apricot and marshmallows just to mix it up a bit. 

Knife safety tips
#1  Always cut away from your body with the sharp edge facing away from you.
#2 When chopping or cutting food, go slowly and hold the food with your fingers curled under.
#3  Always use a cutting board so the knife does not cut the table or counter top, plus the slick surface of a table could cause the knife to slip.
#4  Keep the knife blade pointing away from other people.
#5  Always make sure to get an adults permission before using a knife to cut anything.

With all that said, the kids were chopping machines!  Very proficient.  They also felt very responsible - being allowed to use a knife.

After the chopping was complete, they began to skewer their fruit and marshmallows.

{the 2 year old in the photo who was visiting, was not allowed to use a knife, but she was allowed to skewer and eat}

We melted some chocolate in the microwave, poured it into individual cups and they began to dip away! 

Oh, and Bryce also would live off of chocolate if I allowed it also:)

Happy Saturday!

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