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Teaching Older Kids to Use Kitchen Knives Safely

I love to cook with my kids.  I was in the kitchen with one of my older girls the other day, and she asked if she could cut an onion for a soup I was making. Her technique scared me a bit, and I realized I needed to teach her how to properly use a kitchen knife.  I used to work as a sous chef for a while after college.  How well I learned to cook is debatable, but I did become pretty proficient at using a knife.  Here are a few tips:

  • Use a good, sturdy cutting board.  Keep it from slipping by using a board with non-slip feet, or put a wet towel or non-slip mat underneath.
  • Never cut food that you’re holding in your hand – place it and cut it on the cutting board..
  • Keep knives sharp – dull knives are more likely to slip and accidentally cause an injury
  • Secure the food with your opposite hand, and tuck your fingers to form a “claw” – your fingers should be straight up and down and can be used to guide the knife.  Here’s a picture of the technique.
  • Use a cutting board with plenty of space, and try to keep the tip of the knife in contact with the board as you chop.
  • Keep knives away from the edge of a counter top, and if a knife falls DO NOT try to catch it.
  • A good tool for kids to use at first is a double handled half moon knife (Mezzaluna).  This can only be used for chopping, but its design keeps stray fingers out of the way of the blade.
  • Always have adult supervision until you’re completely comfortable that a child can use a knife safely.

Here’s a good video that does a good job showing these techniques.  Stay safe and have fun cooking with your kids.

Happy Halloween!!!!

Hello everyone!

I can’t believe it’s Halloween again.  We here at CSB hope everyone has a great time — here are some reminders to keep everyone as safe as possible:

Halloween Safety Tips –

  • Wear light colored or reflective clothing/costumes OR buy reflective tape (sold at any hardware or big box store) and place on costume.  3M makes good reflective tape.
  • Make sure your kids have flashlights.
  • Make sure costumes don’t drag on the ground – long costumes present an increased fire hazard.
  • Talk with your children about not getting too close to jack-o-lanterns with candles, or any other open flames.
  • Young children should have a parent with them when trick-or-treating.
  • It’s much more safe for children to travel in groups then by themselves or in pairs.
  • Take masks off between houses (better yet, don’t get a costume with a mask).
  • Don’t cut through yards — use driveways and walks.
  • The best neighborhoods for trick-or-treating are the ones with the fewest cars.  Take extra time to impress on your children the need to be on the lookout for cars – they will be excited and crossing the street often.  They absolutely need to stop and look before crossing, and young children need to wait for a parent before crossing.
  • Feed your kids dinner beforehand — lessens the candy intake (at least a little bit).
  • If your older kids are going out alone, it’s best for them to have a cellphone or some means of communicating with you.
  • Inspect your children’s candy for open packaging or anything else that might be suspicious.
  • AND, although not safety related, talk to your kids about being polite, saying thank you, and not grabbing handfuls of candy when offered.

BE SAFE AND HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!