For kids in Aspen, Denver, or anywhere in the world, the fun in cooking is not only about the food they are making. The process of preparing the food is one of the things they love the most. The use of gadgets and utensils stimulates their curiosity and creativity. Most kids love cooking gadgets, so if you want to make cooking with kids fun and safe, using the right kitchen tools can make a huge difference. Here are but a few safe utensils and gadgets that will have your kids happier than ever to roll up their sleeves and start cooking.
Nifty Gadgets for Kids
Shape cutters molds or stamps. Cookie cutters are all time favorites and in addition to using them on dough, they can also be used on sandwiches and firm vegetables. Kids simply adore food that takes on a fun shape. Cookie molds or stamps can be used to achieve a 3-D look. Cake and muffin pans and plastic molds for freezing or making mini Jell-O molds are also popular with kids.
Nonskid mixing bowls. Bowls that don't slip off the counter are available in many stores. There are some that include a suction base to keep them firmly planted.
Hand chopper. Using sharp knives is not an option for young kids. There is an easy-to-use device, which looks like a hand bell which can help them chop foods. It makes chopping safe since pieces of food are placed under the clear "bell" and the knob on top is repeatedly pushed down to lower the cutting blades onto the food within the "bell".
Juicers. Many kinds of juicers can be found at a number of stores. Electric ones that process fruits or vegetables placed within them to free juices are great for kids since they can try combining juices of veggies and fruit. Hand juicers include the basic reamers where you press and turn the fruit over a ribbed bulb and metal presses that apply lever power to the orange halves.
Kid-sized utensils. A specified set of utensils will make cooking both easier and more enjoyable. Before kids can begin their venture into the creative world of cooking, they'll need functional and age appropriate supplies. The culinary basics include utensils such as plastic measuring spoons, rubber and plastic spatulas, wooden spoons, metal whisk, and a mini wooden rolling pin.
Blenders and food processors. Power blenders and food processors are a stupendous way to combine fun and safety. They can be used to whip up pancake batter, soups, sauces, dessert toppings, shakes, and smoothies, with adult supervision, of course.
Try it out; your kids will be begging to cook up a storm.
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