Teaching kids cooking with a toaster oven can be a quick and easy
way to get your child excited about making their own food. They are
one of the safer kitchen appliances, although you’ll still need to
remind them about safety issues. They are also very easy to use and
produce very satisfying results for a minimum of effort. Consider
setting your child a series of cooking challenges to help them
master the toaster oven.
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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Toaster Oven Safety Issues
Any time that your child is going to be using electrical appliances
that gets hot, you’ll need to remind them of the basic safety rules,
and teaching kids cooking with a toaster oven is no exception:
Water and electricity don’t mix at all, so make sure that your
hands and work surfaces are dry before you start.
It’s hard to tell when a work surface is hot or not, so always
use oven gloves if you think that it might be hot. Better safe
than sorry is the rule to be followed.
Turn everything off when you’ve finished with it. Not only is
this good safety practice, but it also means that you’re getting
the kitchen ready for the next person.
Depending on the age and learning style of your child, you can
either go through these verbally or make little posters to help them
Kids Cooking Challenges
Because they’re so easy to use, teaching kids cooking with a toaster
oven can be used as a tool to introduce your child to some different
cooking methods. Like with most introductions to cooking, children
will learn best if it’s fun, and if there’s a certain level of
competition or challenge.
For beginners, try some of these easy toaster oven recipes:
Grilled cheese sandwich -
Buy some different breads and cheeses and spend a lunchtime
getting your child to investigate the amount of time needed to
create the perfect grilled cheese sandwich when using different
bread and cheese combinations. This is a great time to move your
child onto wheat bread and new types of cheese.
French bread pizza -
Get your child to help you make some marinara sauce and chop up
their favorite pizza toppings. Slice a small French bread in
half, and then make a pizza as you would do normally. Cover with
cheese and enjoy. See more pizza
Macaroni and cheese -
Use different varieties of cheeses and different pasta shapes to
find their favorite combination. This can also be a good time to
investigate the difference between using the toaster oven for
grilling and for baking.
Teaching kids cooking with a toaster oven can also help you teach
them how to prepare full meals such as:
Quesadillas - The
filling for the quesadillas should be prepared either on the
stove or cold, and the toaster oven should be used to cook them.
Get your child to think about suitable accompaniments, such as
salsa, tortilla chips and sour cream. Try some of these quesadilla
Burgers - You can cook
both the burgers and the buns in the toaster oven. For an added
challenge, introduce your child to the different grades of
doneness for beef and throw in some extra toppings, such as
cheese and bacon. This will help them learn to change the heat
and timing according to what they’re cooking.
You can also use the toaster oven to make dessert dishes such as
apple crisps and brownies, but it may be better to save these for
when you teach your child how to use the oven.
Teaching kids cooking with a toaster oven should be a fun activity,
with an emphasis on positive feedback by allowing them to think
through each part of the cooking process. This will help them become
a better chef and encourage them to see the toaster oven as one part
of their kitchen armory.
Make teaching easier with our activities and recipes compiled in one easy to read format.
Best Toaster Ovens to Buy
As every kitchen appliance there are many brands to choose from.
Often toaster ovens burn food easily or break too quickly so choose
your toaster oven wisely. Check online reviews and ratings. Here are
our (and others) Top Choices of toaster ovens. Cuisinart
Toaster Oven- Sturdy and well built