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Safety in the kitchen - for kids

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Lots of you have asked about making meals at home.

Many of you have asked for recipes and I know that some of you are already learning how to plan and make meals.

So, lets start with a few things to remember to keep you safe while you're having fun in the kitchen.


  • safety in the kitchenWash your hands with soap and water before you start.
  • Ask permission to use the kitchen.
  • Get an adult to show you how to operate the oven and cooktop.
  • Use a clean chopping board for cutting.
  • Use a heatproof stand for putting hot pans and pots on.
  • safety in the kitchenRead the whole recipe before you start cooking.
  • Get everything together first.
  • Use small, sharp knives [they're easier to manage.]
  • Point all pan handles away from the front of the stove.
  • Ask an adult to pour boiling water into or out of a saucepan.
  • Use a dry potholder to handle hot containers.
  • Drain vegetables into a colander in the sink.
  • Use a timer so that you don't cook things too long [or forget them!]
  • Remember to switch everything off when you've finished cooking.
  • Clean up as you go along [even if you've got a dishwasher].
  • Ask an adult to watch you until he or she thinks you can mange on your own.
  • Keep dogs and cats away from the kitchen if you are cooking.
Some children have already sent their favourite recipes and we will try to show you some from time to time. safety in the kitchen
Of course you don’t have to cook to get great healthy food.
Look for our topic "A healthy lunch box" if you would like some ideas for snacks and lunch boxes.
fruit Do remember to wash your hands before you start and clean up as you go along. Oh, and don't forget to wrap what you don't use and put it back in the fridge.

Dr Kate says

Dr Kate
"Learning how to use things in the kitchen will help to keep you safe. Cooking is fun and you can learn about keeping germs away from food at the same time."


Some advice from kids

Here is some advice from kids who have found out that the kitchen can be a dangerous place.

"Don't use a wet cloth to lift hot food, I burned my hand when I did." 

"I burnt the ends of my hair when I was cooking, it was really scary and now I always tie it back." 

"Always switch off at the socket before you pull the plug out or you could get a shock or even be burned." 

"Don't leave the tea towel or potholder on the stove top. It can catch fire and it makes a real mess to clean up too." 

"Clean your bench before you start cooking. I put wash up liquid into a cake when I knocked the bottle over. I had to throw everything away." 

"I slipped on some spilled oil and hurt myself on the oven door. I learned to wipe up spills in future." 

"Running or fooling around in the kitchen is not a good idea. You can easily get hurt or make someone else get hurt." 

"Watch out for younger brothers or sisters in the kitchen or they could get hurt." 

"Don't put hot pans or pots on the kitchen bench."

safety in the kitchen Cooking can be lots of fun
When you can eat what you've done.
Kitchens can be dangerous, so
Take care and clean up as you go.


Now you know all about safety in the kitchen you can try "Cooking up a storm - recipes for kids to make".

And if you are looking for other interesting recipes - try this site - 

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We've provided this information to help you to understand important things about staying healthy and happy. However, if you feel sick or unhappy, it is important to tell your mum or dad, a teacher or another grown-up.


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