Before You Begin
A Word about Safety
Safety and common sense are the two most
important ingredients in any recipe. Before
you begin to make the recipes in this book,
take a few minutes to master some simple kitchen
- Ask an adult to be your assistant chef.
To ensure your safety, some steps in a recipe
are best done with the help of an adult,
like handling pots of boiling water or hot
cooking oils. Good cooking is about teamwork.
With an adult assistant to help, you've got
the makings of a perfect team.
- Read the entire recipe before you start
to prepare it, and have aclear understanding
of how the recipe works. If something is
not clear,ask your teammate to explain it.
- Dress the part of a chef. Wear an apron.
Tie back long hair so that it's out of your
food and away from open flames. Why not do
whata chef does and wear a clean hat to cover
- Always start with clean hands and a clean
kitchen before you begin any recipe. Leave
the kitchen clean when you're done.
- Pot holders and hot pads are your friends.
The hands they save maybe your own. Use them
only if they are dry. Using wet holders on
a hot pot can cause a serious burn!
- Keep the handles of the pots and pans
turned toward the middle of the stove. That
way you won't accidentally hit them and knock
overpots of hot food. Always use pot holders
to open or move a pan on the stove or in
- Remember to turn off the stove and oven
when you are finished cooking. Sounds like
a simple idea, but it's easy to forget.
Be sharp about knives
- A simple rule about knife safety is that
your hands work as a team. One hand grips
the handle and operates the knife while the
other guides the food you are cutting. The
hand holding the food should never come close
to the blade of the knife. Keep the fingertips
thathold the food slightly curved and out
of the path of the blade, and use your thumb
to keep the food steady. Go slowly. There
is no reason to chop very fast.
- Always hold the knife handle with dry
hands. If your hands are wet,the knife might
slip. Work on a cutting board, never a tabletop
- Never place sharp knives in a sink full
of soapy water, where they could be hidden
from view. Someone reaching into the water
might get hurt.
- Take good care of your knives. Good chef
knives should be washed by hand,never in