Keep a Clean Kitchen when Cooking with Kids

For kids, baking is the gateway drug to cooking. Get them hooked on making chocolate zucchini cupcakes and before long they’ll be onto zucchini enchiladas.

Problem is, baking is messy, especially when it involves the clumsiness of pint-size cooks. Indeed, “mess avoidance” is often what keeps us parents (myself included at times) from inviting kids into the kitchen.

Here’s one tiny tip for how to keep a clean kitchen when cooking with kids: Before you get started, tear off a generous piece of parchment paper, set it on the counter, and use that as your work surface. Do all your weighing, measuring, sifting, and mixing on that paper. Once you’ve got the goodies prepped, carefully lift the parchment and tip any spillage right into the compost. That same piece of parchment needn’t go to waste. Use it to line your pan for baking pan or your cookie tin for storing. Sour cherry oatmeal bars / momskitchenhandbook.comFor more tips on getting kids into the kitchen go here. Got any tips of your own for cooking with kids? Do tell…in the comments section below.

Comments

09.12.2013 at 6:29 AM #

Pamela

i love the pint sized cooks!

09.12.2013 at 6:51 AM #

Carrie

“Baking is the gateway drug to cooking”. Brilliant. Brilliant.

09.12.2013 at 6:51 AM #

katiemorford

Thank you Carrie. It certainly proved to be true for me as a kid 🙂

09.12.2013 at 11:06 PM #

kim brady

Making waffles with big sister the other night I found myself taking all the fun out of it being instructional- So today I made sprinkle cookies with her while baby brother was sleeping and we got messy and had fun. I went back to your original post (on getting them in the kitchen) and ditched the criticism/instruction and opted for a my turn your turn approach. Worked beautifully, thanks for the reminder.

09.12.2013 at 11:06 PM #

katiemorford

Wonderful to hear. I need reminders sometimes too. Sounds like a magical time with your girl.

09.13.2013 at 9:10 AM #

Hayley

Congrats too on your book articles in the papers in SF and Boston! Way to go!

09.13.2013 at 9:10 AM #

katiemorford

Thanks so much Hayley!

09.14.2013 at 10:43 AM #

Lisa | With Style and Grace

very smart! I’ll definitely be using this tip when Mason’s old enough to help me out in the kitchen.

09.14.2013 at 10:43 AM #

katiemorford

It will be here before you know it, Lisa!

09.20.2013 at 1:44 PM #

Marian

I enjoy being the fun aunt who is willing to invite my niece and nephew over and make a mess together in my kitchen. When it’s a once-in-a-while thing, it’s not so bad to have to clean up a big mess. And it’s a really fun activity that gives moms and dads an afternoon to run errands or clean their own kitchen!

09.20.2013 at 1:44 PM #

katiemorford

You are a good auntie!

10.11.2013 at 2:32 PM #

Michelle

I never thought about using parchment paper to do all of the mixing for baking. I make such a mess in the kitchen whenever I attempt to bake something. This is a great tip, thanks for sharing this!

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