The stove is hot, there’s a knife, the eggs will break… what in the world can I have my kids help me with in the kitchen?
Whether I’m baking or I’m cooking, my 5 year old is always there with his step stool to help.
I have a budding chef on my hands, George is actually really good help!
I am so excited to be promoting the fourth season of MASTERCHEF JUNIOR on Fox! It just premiered this past Friday, November 6 but if you missed it you can watch it now because it’s streaming on FOX NOW! These young chefs are such great role models and inspiration for my kids!
We don’t have a lot of opportunity for our kids to take hands on classes for this sort of thing (our extra curriculars mostly amount to the main sports). Having a show for my kids to watch that will inspire them to follow their interests is amazing.
What is MASTERCHEF JUNIOR exactly?
MASTERCHEF JUNIOR is a culinary competition between 24 talented kids, ages 8 to 13. Award-winning Chef Gordon Ramsay is the host and a judge. Other judges include Chef Graham Elliot and Pastry Chef Christina Tosi. These food experts coach the young chefs to cook like a pro, along with teaching them amazing secrets of the trade along the way.
The 24 young chefs face challenges (such as a kid’s birthday party and a cupcake frosting face-off) until there’s only one talented young chef left that’s named America’s newest MASTERCHEF JUNIOR! That young chef takes home a trophy and $100,000 grand prize.
Don’t miss this new season of MASTERCHEF JUNIOR Fridays at 8/7c on FOX!
While my kids are not MASTERCHEFs (at least not yet!) they still love to help in the kitchen, and I’m quite surprised by what they can actually do if I just let them help.
7 ways my kids help me in the kitchen:
This is always scary and I was so nervous to let my kids try. But man, I think they can crack an egg better than I can once I gave them a chance.
Give them an egg and a dish and just show them how to crack it. Give it a gentle tape on the edge of the dish, or on the counter and open it up with their thumbs. Have a garbage nearby and a wet rag to wipe their hands.
Measure. Dump. Stir.
This is what my kids love to help with, no matter what. They fill up the measuring cup (if we’re baking, they then level it off with a knife) and dump it in the bowl, mixer or pot, whatever it is we’re using.
And they love to stir! It’s something very basic that they can help with.
My oldest is great at helping read the recipe for me. He reads the ingredients and how much to use.
My preschooler can tell me how many of certain items (he can’t read fractions yet, but can read the whole numbers).
Browning ground beef is a favorite of my preschooler. It always makes me nervous over an open flame (we have a gas stove) and with the grease splatter. But he’s very careful.
He pulls up his step stool and stirs the meat until all the red/pink is gone. Then I’ll drain the fat off and continue on with the recipe (which he’ll usually help measure, dump and stir).
Knives and kids scare me, don’t get me wrong. But I do think it’s a fantastic skill for kids to learn (and how to properly use a knife). Start them out with a butter knife until you’re more comfortable with it.
My kids do really well cutting butter up for dishes. Often it doesn’t need to be cut into pieces. But it’s something they can do to practice the skill while I work on something else in the recipe.
They don’t necessarily get the dishes fully clean. But again, its something for them to do while I’m working in the kitchen, and it does help! The dishes always end up going in the dishwasher afterwards.
If they need something else to keep them busy, they can set the table, empty or load the dishwasher.
The premiere episode of MasterChef Junior is now streaming on FOX NOW! If you missed it, watch it now!
Before I know it, my kids will want to have their very own torches to make Crème Brulee like the talented chefs on MASTERCHEF JUNIOR have had in the past.
Even though the stove it hot, knives are sharp and the eggs will break, don’t be afraid to let your kids help you in the kitchen by doing those very things!
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What do your kids do to help you in the kitchen?
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