Peanut butter cookies made with just 3 natural ingredients? You bet! Your kids will love this easy and sweet treat. Here's how...
Cooking with kids is always a fun family activity, but you can take it up a notch by taking your children to a farm or orchard to pick their own produce to use in a baking project. The added field trip gets them out of the house and into nature, gets them off their fannies and onto their feet, and gives them a bit of agriculture education in the process.
Sure, pumpkin patches offer kids a chance to pick their Halloween pumpkins, but there’s nothing like spending a fall day in an apple orchard then using your bounty to bake an apple pie at home. Really, you could do this with your children at any pick-your-own farm or orchard: cherries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries – all make amazing seasonal cakes, cobblers and clafoutis. But we're going with apples because, well, what’s more American than apple pie?
Let me just say that my kids didn't step, they jumped into the kitchen when we made our fabulous Zucchini Pie. It isn't that I haven't let them help in the kitchen before, because I have! It's just that I usually let them do the pouring and the stirring because I'm afraid of them getting cut. So when I presented them with a set of knives and tools that they could use on their own they were thrilled to pieces. The handles are designed to be no slip and easy for smaller hands to work with. The blades on the knives are serrated and have a blunt tip, which is great for cutting food but not little fingers! Best of all everything is dishwasher safe making clean up a breeze.
Children have a healthy hunger to learn and explore the world with their hands, and when their curiosity leads them into the kitchen, it's important they have all of the right tools to keep them safe and healthy. So, when it comes to food preparation – there's no going off recipe. Today we will be cooking with the topic of food temperatures. It is not only important in preparing food, but we will look at the often overlooked topic of food storage with regard to how to store and why it is so important to follow these guidelines once you've had your portions for the day.
Our first ingredient in this recipe is understanding why food temperature is so important. A little bacteria never hurt anyone, right? Well, that is actually very wrong. Specifically, the bacteria that can hurt you are called pathogens and they cause food poisoning. The scary thing about these bacteria, is that unlike spoiled food that gives off an unappealing odor or slimy consistency, it hides undetected with odor or unusual texture. With possible life threatening consequences pathogens like salmonella or E.coli have, it's ever so important to make sure you do everything you can to stop these bacteria from invading your food.
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