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advice on teaching a kid to cook


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advice on teaching a kid to cook

arjunsr | Aug 27, 2012 07:26 PM

the short version, what exercises/items would you use for teaching techniques?

a little background. my cousin is 16 and has never cooked before and i want to teach her. i have what i would describe as advanced home cook skills. i'm by no means a professional but i can handle myself in the kitchen.

i was thinking a lesson plan like this:

lesson 1)
knife skills. use carrots, bell peppers and onions to show the different way to slice/mince/dice. time permitting showing how its the trinity and is the base of many dishes

lesson 2)
baking basics either pancakes or cookies. show her measuring, following a recipe and how to combine doughs.

lesson 3)
start cooking with help only of techniques she doesn't know yet and minor supervision. i'll have her pick a menu she wants to have for dinner and find an easy to follow recipe and have her her follow it. repeated as many times until she feels comfortable doing it by herself.

lesson 4)
medium baking skills bake and ice a cake

suggestions? additions? comments? thanks in advance

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