Once school begins around here, 4-H is sure to follow. I, again, will be the "Food and Nutrition" Leader, otherwise known as the Cooking Leader in our Club. My aim is to teach kids how to make common food from scratch and then compare the ingredients of that product to the store bought variety. I want them to learn that cooking is fun and can be a more healthful choice. I believe that kids aren't, as a general rule, learning basic things as cooking these days. There are numerous reasons why not, but I want to change that in my own little way. Here are the items I have done in the past:
- We cooked a chicken, made broth and chicken soup.
- We roasted a pumpkin, toasted the seeds, prepared the puree and made a Pumpkin Cake.
- I taught the kids how to boil an egg properly and then made deviled eggs.
- They learned how to make cocoa mix from scratch and package it into jars to give as gifts.
- Making Marshmallows from scratch was fun...messy, but fun.
- I went to a local apple orchard and got fresh apples and taught the kids to make applesauce.
- Preparing a meal from beginning to end was another "theme". I taught them to make a Brunch Planning Time Line. They then prepared an Apple Strata.
- They learned that making biscuits from scratch is super easy and even more delicious when they spread the butter they made on top (we also made Chocolate Gravy).
- Homemade Granola.
- Homemade smoothies with yogurt and fruit.
The ages of the kids I have range from 9 thru 16 with varying levels of skills and we have about 1 - 1 1/2 hours to cook.
I need your ideas. What would YOU like to learn to cook? When you were just starting out on your own, what did you wish you knew how to make?