Getting Your Teen Comfortable in the Kitchen!
One thing that many young adults realize once they’re out on their own is that they have absolutely no idea how to cook. Many teens grow up either going out to eat with their friends or eating meals made by Mom and Dad. Once college rolls around, meal-plans and pizza delivery become mealtime staples and the most advanced cooking most students attempt is heating up ramen. By the time college kids enter adulthood, many have never learned how to cook.
Teaching kids and teens basic cooking skills and getting them comfortable in the kitchen before they leave home is an excellent way to ease the transition between home life and being independent. Cooking is a necessary life skill, and instilling kitchen confidence early on will only help teens later down the road. It doesn’t have to be time consuming or difficult; just stick to these basics and your teen will be well-equipped to fend for him or herself in the kitchen:
- Teach them about basic ingredients – Learning how to stock a pantry or refrigerator are important skills for any cook to learn. Make sure teens know which ingredients are good to always have on hand for easy dinner creations.
- Provide them with easy recipes – Start small with simple recipes that are difficult to mess up too badly. Providing teens with a few basic dishes will allow them to branch out from there once they feel comfortable.
- Put them in charge of dinner – Designating certain nights of the week for teens to be in charge of dinner will force them to practice their cooking skills and become familiar with kitchen appliances. Plus, the more often they cook, the more likely they are to actually enjoy the experience.
- Stay positive – Mistakes happen in the kitchen, but don’t make a big deal of them. Negativity is a huge confidence-crusher, so stay positive and just eat around the burned bits—the more teens cook, the more they will improve.
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