|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.45(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
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Cooking is a lot of fun! But before you start pulling out measuring cups and mixing bowls, take a few minutes to read through this section.
PREPARING TO COOK
Here's how to get yourself ready to cook.
Always read through the entire recipe before you start to cook. It is a good idea to do this with an adult. That way you can discuss any help you may need while preparing or cooking the recipe and can make sure that you understand the directions.
Discuss the "rules of the kitchen" with an adult. For example, are you allowed to use the stove or oven without supervision? Do you handle a knife safely enough to use it by yourself? And be sure to check whether it is a suitable time for you to be cooking. You may not be able to bake cookies if the dinner roast is ready to go in the oven!
Check your refrigerator and cupboards to be sure that you have all the necessary ingredients and equipment on hand. If you are missing any ingredients you must have to complete the recipe, make a grocery list, noting exactly how much of each item you need to purchase. That way you won't buy too much or too little. If you don't have all the equipment mentioned in the recipe's utensils list, an adult may be able to help you make substitutions.
Since it is much easier to cook when you have a clean and uncluttered work space, take the time to clear off an area so you won't feel crowded.
Use a wooden or plastic cutting board for food preparation. A cutting board protects your countertop or work surface from scratches and possible dents, and it protects your knives. Also, hard surfaces, such as glass, ceramic tile, or metal will dull the edges of your knives. A wooden or synthetic cutting board issoft enough to cushion the edge of a knife blade and not dull it.
Copyright ) 1997 by William Morrow & Co., Inc.