6 Tips for Cooking with Kids

Cooking is a family affair. At Chef’d, we believe good food creates memories, enhances moments, nurtures the soul, and brings more love into everyone’s life. With our Kids in the Kitchen collection of recipes, we’re bringing this mission to fruition.

We’ve worked with celebrity chefs, food brands, and culinary experts to create a series of meal kits designed to get kids in the kitchen. Using a knife, identifying foods by name, measuring and pouring ingredients in a bowl—these simple tasks are more than just tasks. These cooking basics will help children grow inside and outside of the kitchen.

With growing bodies and minds, cooking can be a great way to empower you child with reasonable limits. Our kid friendly meal kits are designed for parents and children to spend quality time together, while also instilling lifelong values.

From the moment the box is opened, your child will begin to learn, taste, and interact with new and exciting ingredients. Following each step of the instructional recipe card with mom and dad by their side will help build fundamental decision making skills outside of the classroom.

6 Tips for Cooking with Kids

Cooking with Kids: 6 Tips To Consider Before You Get Started

While cooking with your family can be one of the most rewarding tasks, it can also be a challenge for parents that are not prepared. Before you open the box, consider these six tips for a fun, smooth, and delicious experience with the kids.

1. Be Patient

The most important tip when it comes to working in the kitchen with kids is to be patient. It is important to remember that your children are learning new concepts. Try covering the information slowly and clearly. Taking your time and being patient with their curiosity can be the best way for kids to absorb what they are being shown. With some time and plenty of patience, they will be able to learn new techniques and dishes. Once they realize they can accomplish the execution of recipes, they will become more motivated to try even more.

2. Lay Out All Ingredients

Have all the supplies you need including all food items laid out where kids have easy access. Go over each ingredient with the children so they can learn what each item is and its function in the recipe. Take the time to organize everything in order and make sure there are plenty of towels and utensils on hand in case of a mess or if they drop their spoon.

3. Assign Tasks

When you assign a task to a kid in the kitchen, it gives them a chance to take on responsibility and learn with a hands on approach. Give the opportunity to learn techniques and applications through trial and error. It not only makes cooking more interesting, it helps them fine tune their cooking skills.

4. Safety First

Safety is a top priority in the kitchen, especially when kids are cooking. Do all of the knife work for them and monitor their activities on the stove. If your child is old enough, teach them how to properly hold and use a knife while you demonstrate with the real ingredients. Don't leave children unattended during cooking sessions. Also, make sure you have salt or flour handy to put out potential fires. Having a fire extinguisher is also a good idea.

5. Allow Kids To Have Buddies With Them

If you are cooking with your child, you can make the activity even more fun by inviting their friends or siblings to help. The more fun kids have in the kitchen, the more likely it is that they will want to try the activity again.

6. Relax and Have Fun

Cooking in the kitchen with kids should be fun and relaxing for both the children and yourself. Get ready to have fun and see what happens. Either way, the kids will love cooking with you, and you will get to spend quality time with them.

Cook with the Entire Family Tonight

If you are interested in cooking with kids, you should make a plan to create something easy and delicious with a group of your favorite children. They will love the experience and it will spark a desire to learn more about cooking and eating home cooked meals. Meal kits are the perfect way to stay organized and ensure that they are using the highest quality ingredients that will create a tasty meal they can be proud of. If you’re ready to start cooking with the entire family, shop our collection of Kids in the Kitchen meal kits. These kits are designed for families to cook together—without settling for chicken tenders and mac n’ cheese for another night.