Proper usage of cutlery is so important. Here are some knife skills so your teen can help safely. Be sure to check out our Kids Cooking Club for MORE great ideas!
I will show my 8yr old daughter this video. I was helping her cook supper last week and this would have helped for sure. Great video
Great video. “The claw” is a great way to teach older kids how to be safe when using knives. Heck, it’s even great to teach adults how to be safe when chopping food!
When I first started working in kitchens I had to work fast, but hadn’t gotten smoothly skilled with a knife yet. I found out from coworkers about a real finger-saver called a Wizard Glove (Whizard Handguard glove by Bettcher). It’s essentially woven armor for your non-knife hand (cut-resistant, not cut-proof or puncture-proof). It’s made of materials that are dishwasher safe, and can be bleached. They come in different sizes (including XX-small), and will fit either hand.
I still have mine and will use it from time to time if I’m cutting something hard or unfamiliar, or if I am tired (and therefore less steady). When my kids get older I’ll be teaching them knife usage with metal knives (I have some plastic serrated ones I let them use on lettuce, tomatoes, and melon flesh) — when I do, they will be wearing wizard gloves as they practice cutting and chopping. Please note: these gloves are not cheap (around $18 each), but are well worth the cost and last for years under normal daily use.
Please note: Some Whizard gloves are made for non-food work, such as sheet metal fabrication. Please get the gloves made for working with food, as they will be more suited to proper cleaning necessary for food safety.
Be sure to clean the gloves well after each use. I rinse any food particles out of the weave of mine, and then run it through the dishwasher with my dishes.
Thank you for this!!!!