When you feel it’s time to move your child onto making full meals,
teaching kids to use a crock pot can be a great way to start.
Crock pots will meet their short attention span needs, as you can
put all the ingredients in and walk away for a few hours while it
cooks itself. While the crock pot offers a safer alternative to
stove top cooking, as there’s no open flame or hot handles, when
you’re teaching your child how to use the crock pot, you will need
to teach them about how to use it safely before they can start to
cook with it.
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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Teaching Kids to Use a Crock Pot Safely
Teaching kids to use a crock pot comes with two main hazards:
handling hot foods and electricity. The former requires a
demonstration of how to handle the crock pot once the food is ready
with oven gloves, and also making sure that the total weight of the
contents can be carried comfortably by your child. The best way to
get your child to test this is to ask them to pick up the cold crock
pot before you turn it on and see how they cope. With electricity,
you’ll need to go through the same training as you would do for any
other electrical appliance:
Make sure the area and your hands are dry when operating it
Turn it off when you’re finished with it
Ask an adult for help if you’re not sure
With those safety points in mind, you’re ready to start cooking with
Stews And Soups
The first step of teaching kids to use a crock pot is to make
things that they will recognize and like. Stews are hearty meals,
especially during the winter months, while soups are better for
summer teaching. However, both will suffer being over or under
cooked. Take a selection of your child’s favorite meats and
vegetables and ask them to pick out the ones that they like the
best. Have your child chop them up small, put them in the crock pot
then show them the right setting.
Once they’ve made a few of these, allow them to experiment with
other vegetables and meat combinations, and introduce them to the
idea of using herbs and spices to flavor stews. This can be a great
way to get your child to realize the power of their nose when it
comes to cooking to help them work out what flavors are needed.
Cooking Crock Pot Roasts
The next part of teaching kids to use a crock pot is to start
making foods that they might not consider putting in the crock pot.
Roast beef or pork are good examples of this and again, they will
taste no worse for being left on too long. Roast chicken can dry out
if it’s not covered with enough stock, so make sure you’re working
alongside your child the first time they try to roast one. You can
also use this as an opportunity to teach your child the importance
of proper time management when planning a big meal, as they can
start to prepare the other vegetables and trimming that go with a
roast meat meal.
As with most teaching in the kitchen, teaching kids to use a crock
pot requires time and patience. When they are first learning how to
use it, make sure it’s not going to be the center part of your meal
so that if something does go wrong, you won't feel stressed out.
Children learn best through praise and positive feedback, so make
sure that you’re focusing on what they’ve done well and how they
could improve it for the next time around.
What type of Crock Pot to Buy
Depending on the size of your family and what type of things you'd
like to cook will determine how type of crockpot you will want to
buy. Look for crock pots that the inside crock comes out of
the electrical base. This makes cleaning easier. Also choose a crock
pot with at least 2-3 settings, usually the will be low, high and
Crock pots range in size from 3 quart to 7 quarts. A 3 quart is
fairly small and works well for dips, small soups or small
families. For roasts, roast chickens or larger families you'll want
at least a 6-7 quart.
3 quart Crockpot
Make teaching easier with our activities and recipes compiled in one easy to read format.
Teaching Kids to use a crock pot with easy recipes
Chalupas are similar to enchiladas or tacos but you use shredded
roast mixed with pinto beans and salsa.
I love this recipe because it is a great crockpot recipe and freezes
1-2 lb. Beef Roast
1-2 lb. Pork roast
Season roasts with salt and pepper. Place in crock pot or in a large
roasting pan. Cook beef and pork roast with a 1/2 cup of water
severalhours depending on your method of cooking. Allow to cool and
Mix shredded meat together and stir in 2 Cups salsa and chopped
onions, if desired. Mix in 2 Cups cooked pinto beans.
Serve meat mixture wrapped in a tortilla, on corn chips or tortilla
chips, add shredded cheese, salsa, avocado, olives or sour cream.
**This recipe can be made ahead of time and half stored in the
freezer for a later dinner. You can make shredded tacos or taco
salad for future meals, also.
You can prepare these barbecued pork chops in the crockpot such as
the directions say below or in the oven for 45 minutes-1 hour or
until tender. Either way makes a nice, moist pork chop.
1/2 Cup water
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 Cup vinegar
1 Tablespoon mustard
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 Cup ketchup
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
Add all ingredients in a large measuring cup and whisk together.
Add 4-5 pork chops to crock pot and pour barbecue sauce over the
top. Cook on low 6 hours.
You can use this same barbecue recipe with chicken or roast and
preparein the crock pot same as above.
Crockpot Barbecue Pork Ribs
3 lbs pork loin ribs, cut into 3 rib sections
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 cup favorite barbecue sauce
1/2 cup water
Stir together paprika, salt and pepper in small bowl. Rub spice mix
into ribs. Place in crock pot. Stir barbecue sauce and water
together and pour over ribs. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
Crockpot Chicken and Mushrooms
This recipe is a quick put together crockpot meal ideas. It makes
a nice broth that can go over rice or noodles.
5 chicken breasts
4 oz. fresh mushrooms, saute or use canned 16 oz. mushrooms and
1 cup chicken broth
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
Add chicken and mushrooms in crockpot. Pour chicken broth over top
and stir in Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Cook on low 8
hours or on high for 6 hours.
Easy Spaghetti and Meatballs
You can create this easy dish in the morning and place in the
crockpot. When you come home or at dinner time cook your noodles
and you're ready to eat.
1 lb. frozen precooked meatballs
1 jar (26 oz) favorite spaghetti sauce or tomato sauce
1 onion, chopped, optional
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning or parsley
Place meatballs in crockpot. Add in sauce, chopped onion if
desired, seasoning and garlic. Cook for 6-8 hours on low.
Baked Pears in the Crockpot
4 ripe pears
1 Cup raisins
¼ Cup walnuts or pecans, optional
½ Cup maple syrup
¼ Cup butter
½ teaspoon vanilla
Core pears and place in crock pot. Fill the center of the pears
with raisins and nuts. In bowl mix together syrup, melted butter
and vanilla. Pour over pears. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Cook in
crock pot on high for 2 hours.
Teaching kids to use a crock pot can be simple with easy recipes to
get them started.