1Keep it clean.
Make sure your kids understand the importance of washing their hands thoroughly with soap and hot water before they start cooking. Rinsing their hands under the tap doesn't count — they must scrub for at least 20 seconds to dislodge dirt and germs.
2Protect hair and clothes.
If your kids have long hair, tie it up. Make sure they roll up their sleeves, and put on an apron.
3Review your recipe together.
Carefully read the entire recipe and assemble all the required ingredients before you so much as crack an egg. Kids can be impatient, but accidents happen when cooks suddenly realize they’re missing an ingredient and start panicking.
4Adopt a zero-germ-tolerance policy.
Teach your kids that raw eggs, fish, and meat can contain harmful bacteria. Show them how you wash cutting boards, knives, and other cooking utensils thoroughly in hot, soapy water after every single use.
5No adult, no cooking.
Make sure your kids know they must always have an adult present in the kitchen. Also some tasks are simply not for kids: handling super-sharp cutlery, lighting the range with a match, etc.
6Treat electricity with respect.
Your kids should know not to touch an electrical appliance when their hands are wet. Get them in the habit of checking whether their hands are wet before they flip switches or handle appliance plugs.
7Practice knife safety.
Teach kids to always knives and other sharp objects with the sharp points facing down and away from their person. They should know never to run when carrying sharp objects. Always cut with the knife angled away from the body. Let them practice with a dull plastic knife.
8Don’t leave pots hanging.
A pot handle extending over the stove edge is dangerous. Someone walking by could bump the handle and accidentally knock a pot full of hot stuff off the stove. Make sure your little chefs know to point pot handles inward, toward the middle of the stovetop.
9Always clean as you go.
A clean kitchen is a safer kitchen. Make sure your kids know if they spill anything, they must clean it up immediately. One splash of oil or water on a kitchen floor could mean an afternoon in the emergency room. Plus cleaning as you go saves you and your kids from having a giant mess to clean up at the end — when all you really want to do is eat whatever you've baked.