Have you been slaving away in the kitchen with holiday cooking? Measuring, pouring, stirring, in the oven, out of the oven and doing it all over again? Now is a perfect time to get the kids involved. Katie Workman, author of “The Mom 100 Cookbook” breaks down what kids can do to help based on their ages.
- Pour, dump, stir and sprinkle ingredients and spices you have gathered together.
- Whisk the eggs for breakfast.
- Wash the potatoes with a scrub brush or scrub gloves for little fingers.
- Take out the pots, pans, measuring cups, and bowls you need.
- Cut soft vegetables with kid-safe knives like ones from Zyliss or Curious Chef.
- Knead bread or roll the dough for pie crust
- Cut out cookies
- Start working lessons on math and chemistry at this point. And if you don’t know the answer to some questions – get them on the computer looking it up! What does baking soda do to a recipe? What is the difference between unsweetened and semi-sweet chocolate? Why does flour thicken the gravy?
Other things kids can do to help and to be involved are:
- Make a menu on an easel or for each place setting
- Make a cornucopia for the table centerpiece
- Take guests coats
- Pass out canapés on a plastic tray
- Take drink orders (they love this!)
- Take photos – imagine the narrative your photos will tell when taken from their perspective! It will be the best holiday recap you’ve had
- And help with CLEAN UP!
Kate Workman shared some recipes with Army Wife Network. Two of those recipes are “The Best Apple Strudel Pie Ever” and “Lazy Oven French Toast”. Recipes are at the bottom of this post.
When making “The Best Apple Strudel Pie Ever” KP duty for kids are:
- measure the streusel ingredients
- make the streusel topping by hand
- with supervision—help pulse the streusel in the food processor
- if they are old enough, they can peel the apples
- they can make the custard and help whip the cream
When making the “Lazy Oven French Toast” KP duty for kids are:
- They can help put together pretty much the whole French toast (except maybe slicing the bread)
- Kids can also pick and choose whatever dried fruits or nuts they like to go in the casserole
Get the kids involved. Let them help out. Teach them the art of the kitchen. Take these moments to make memories.