Tuesday, October 28, 2014

How to Start a Cooking Club for Kids

This year I started my own cooking club. I had a handful of friends that wanted to learn how to cook so I thought what better way to spend time with them  than in the kitchen
If you are interested in starting a cooking club here are some things to help you get started.

Invite Others
Picking friends for your brand new cooking club is easy. Try to choose people who already do some cooking already or who have an interest in it and want to learn.

Choose a Location
How many kids you have join your cooking club varies on the kitchen space you have available and the level of experience each kid has. I think the more comfortable the kids are with cooking, the more kids you can have. For my club there are 4 other girls and I host it in my home. You can rotate houses if other parents want to get involved. I find it easier to do it in my own home, with my mom, because we are sure we have everything we need and I know how to work my appliances.

Choosing a Good Recipe
For your first cooking club, try to chose a simple recipe that you already know how to make. Later on in the club, you can choose more complicated ones that you haven't done before. For my club I chose 3 recipes which included a drink- Strawberry Basil Lemonade,  a main course - Low Country Boil Packets from my favorite show The Kitchen, and a dessert - No Bake Cheesecake.  

Your meal can be any combination of drinks, entrees, appetizers, or desserts, When choosing recipes consider the time it takes to cook, and complexity of the recipe. The plan the steps out so you aren't confused about what to do first.

Have a Plan
Our club is usually held around 5 o'clock in the evening, so we usually finish dinner around the same time as a normal school night dinner. We usually end at 7, inviting the grown-ups who would like to eat with us to join us for dinner at 6:30. 

Always have your ingredients laid out and grouped into "stations". At each station have a slip of paper containing the recipes. And as soon as the girls or guys get there assign them tasks to do. For example, I had two friends make the dessert, two friends make the lemonade (from real lemons), and we all pitched in with the main course. Some kids measured and added ingredients, and others cut up the meat and vegetables My mom cleaned up. 

Always make sure that you have a parent around and medical equipment near by in case of a small or serious cut.

Now its Your Turn
With all the tools and tips I have given you can start a cooking club of your very own. Do you have a cooking club? I'd love to hear any tips you have. 

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