When kids help make healthy food, they are more likely to try it.
Show kids how to:
❁ measure and mix ingredients together.
❁ wash and cut up fruits and vegetables for dipping.
Both fresh and dried herbs add flavor. Adjust amounts to your taste.
3 teaspoons fresh = 1 teaspoon dried
1 clove fresh = ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
■ Store dried herbs and spices in a cool, dark location away from direct heat or sunlight. Keep containers tightly closed.
❁ In bulk foods, you can buy a small amount to use while the flavor is strongest. Or try something new.
❁ Check for a “BEST by” date on packaged spices and herbs. They are still safe after the date but the flavor will be weaker.
Follow these guidelines when handling meat:
Clean: Wash hands, utensils and surfaces often with hot soapy water.
Separate: Keep raw meat and juices from contacting other raw or cooked foods.
❁ Choose whole onions that are firm and heavy for their size, and have no scent. Look for a dry, papery outer skin. Avoid cut, bruised or sprouting onions.
✿ Chill onions before chopping - 30 minutes in the refrigerator or 10 minutes in the freezer.
✿ Use a very sharp knife.
✿ Start cutting at the stem end.