Teaching kids how to cook
Are we still teaching our kids how to cook? Back in the ‘old days’ many of us were taught how to cook by our parents. Back then, they felt it was important we learned to fend for ourselves once we flew the nest!
I can also remember at school having a very old-fashioned Home Economics teacher – as well as the usual cookery classes, we had special lessons on how to butter toast properly (right up to the edges and corners – this still sticks with me now!) how to brush our teeth correctly and polish our shoes. I know it sounds like something out of a Victorian novel – I’m not that old, honestly! She was the last of her kind I think! At the time we all thought it was unnecessary, but now I can see the value in it. (must be getting old!)
Are we losing our skills?
Are all of these values being lost? Does the next generation of parents have the skills themselves to pass on – or is our culture now so ‘convenient’ we no longer know how to cook decent food from scratch?
Learning to cook is a basic life skill and involving kids in cooking from an early age is good for many reasons.
If your child helps you prepare a meal, there is a greater chance they will actually try the finished dish. I’m sure we all know about the battlefield meal times can become!
It also helps to cultivate an open-minded approach to food and different cultures.
Cooking is also a way to learn about health and nutrition – experts say that the single most important thing you can do for your health is to cook at home. Inviting your children to help you with this, will give them lifelong habits.
How many students have you met that when they first left home, all they ate was beans on toast and takeaways! Very unhealthy, plus its expensive. If you have the skills, its easy to eat well on a budget.
Even if you just teach your kids how to cook a few staple nourishing meals, this will set them on the right track when they leave home. Spaghetti bolognaise is a good old favourite and really easy to make. Pasta lends it’self to easy to make, but delicious meals, plus its really not expensive, making it ideal student fare.
We know that you don’t always have the time to cook from scratch, which is why we also sell great ready-meals, but we also hope that the enjoyment of cooking isn’t becoming a thing of the past.