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At what age should you let a child handle a kitchen knife to help with food prep? [moved from Home Cooking]]

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At what age should you let a child handle a kitchen knife to help with food prep? [moved from Home Cooking]]

freia | Nov 10, 2011 07:08 PM

My niece came to visit last week. We don`t have kids. Her mom (my SIL) was with her. My SIL said `Janey can help with the chopping for dinner`. Janey is 11 years old. I felt a bit uncomfortable with this -- I know the damage a sharp knife can do and I don`t know her kitchen skills. So I did the meal myself. But Janey and my SIL were offended that I didn`t hand my 8 inch Chef`s knife over so that Janey could chop the mushrooms and green peppers for the pizza.
It got me to thinking: what age is appropriate for kids to begin to handle knives in the kitchen? When did you hand over a sharp (or dull -- gasp!) knife to a child to help with prep work?

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