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Cooking is fun and easy once you learn these basic skills and safety tips.
Keeping the food you cook safe and healthful is mostly a matter of common sense. As your parents tell you: Always wash your hands with hot water and soap before you start cooking, after you finish and frequently in the middle. Also, don’t forget to wash your hands again before you sit down to eat.
HOW TO MEASURE
Recipes will tell you how much of an ingredient you will need, then tell you whether you need to peel, chop or grate it. Always use standard measuring cups and spoons for measuring.
From peeling fruit to cracking eggs - discover how to prepare a variety of ingredients for use in recipes.
Whenever you are going to use a knife, ask an adult to help you. Always make sure your knife is sharp. Sharp knives are safer than dull knives because they cut cleanly and easily. You need to use a lot of pressure to cut with a dull knife, and it is more likely to slip or get stuck in what you are cutting.
COOKING WITH HEAT
Before you turn on the stove or the oven, be sure an adult is nearby. Ask them to find you a sturdy chair or stool that you can safely stand on so that you can see what is going on.
Baking means to cook with hot, dry air in an oven. Cookies, cakes, pies and muffins are all foods that you bake. Here is information about a few basic techniques that are commonly used in baking.