Primer of Basic Kitchen SkillsProvides information about basic kitchen skills to prepare students for cooking in the classroom.
Teach this information to your students for a successful classroom cooking experience.
Rules for a Good Cook
- Before You Cook
- As You are Cooking
- Clean-up Time
- Safety is a Good Habit
- How to Measure
- Abbreviations Chart
- Measures and Equivalents Chart
- If you have long hair, fasten it back.
- Wash your hands.
- Read the recipe all the way through.
- If using an oven, preheat to temperature in the recipe.
- Get all the equipment and ingredients you will need.
- Wash ingredients as needed (i.e. fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, etc).
- Now you are ready to begin. Follow the directions carefully.
- Follow the recipe step by step.
- Try not to spill while you are measuring, mixing, and stirring.
- Measure carefully. Use the right measuring spoon or cup.
- Keep the kitchen clean and neat as you work.
- Do things calmly and quietly.
- Cook as the recipe directs.
- Follow time and temperature instructions exactly.
- Scrape, rinse, then wash all your dishes and put them away.
- Clean up table or counter.
- Store leftovers properly.
- Sweep the floor and wipe up any spills and splatters.
- Be sure you have turned off the stove and oven before leaving the kitchen.
- Keep your hands dry. Slippery, wet hands may cause you to drop something.
- If something spills on the floor, wipe it up at once. Someone may slip and fall.
- Use a potholder in each hand when you take hot pans or dishes from the oven.
- Turn pan handles away from edge of the stove, so they cannot be bumped.
- When using the vegetable parer or knife, always cut away from yourself.
- Place foods to be cut on a cutting board. Cut down, onto the board; never toward your hand.
- Avoid contact with steam. Tip lid away from you when you raise the cover to check contents of a hot pan.
- If food or grease should catch on fire, smother the flames with a lid, a cookie sheet, or foil. Never pick up or carry a pan of flaming grease.
- Place measuring cup on the table or counter.
- Make sure the liquid is level with the mark on the cup.
- View from eye level rather than from the top. This will make the measure more accurate.
- Put ingredients into measuring cup or spoon until it is slightly overflowing.
- Carefully level the ingredients by running the straight edge of a knife or spatula across the top of the spoon or cup.
|3 teaspoons||1 tablespoon|
|16 tablespoons||1 cup|
|8 ounces||1 cup|
|2 cups||1 pint|
|4 cups||1 quart|
|4 quarts||1 gallon|
|8 tablespoons or ½ cup of butter||1 stick of butter|
Adapted from Kids Can Cook, Dairy Council of California
Questions: Nutrition Services Division | HHFKA@cde.ca.gov | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, February 16, 2022