I Can Cook
Fabulous fun for kids in the kitchen
Educational and fun, our range of I Can Cook products is all about showing under-sixes how they can cook up fantastic food themselves (with just a little bit of help from the grown-ups!). Rather than simply letting them watch or help you, you’ll be amazed what they can achieve themselves with just a little encouragement and supervision.
That’s why all of the products in this range, and indeed the recipes too, have been specially created for small hands to manage with ease.
Here are a few things from the I Can Cook range that have been specially designed with young chefs in mind.
For chopping, slicing and grating, little hands will find this plastic grater safe and ever so easy to handle. As well as being very versatile, it has a powerful suction pad to ensure it stays firmly in place on the worktop whilst in use.
Wide melamine bowls for easy mixing, they’re especially suited to smaller hands and plenty big enough to hold the quantities required.
To ensure young chefs stay free of splats and splashes during cooking time.
The range includes a coordinating apron and oven gloves for the grown up helper too.
A flexible, silicone spatula for stirring, scooping and scraping, to ensure you get every last bit of mixture from the bowl!
A versatile mat that is great for rolling out dough or lining baking trays, and can even help define a clean working area for little cooks.
Great for cutting up ingredients such as cooked bacon or spring onions, these safety scissors avoid the need to use sharp knives. And remember, when using scissors – everyone knows, it’s best to point them at your toes!
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Many of the recipes use spoons as a measure - either a teaspoon (5 ml), a dessert spoon (10 ml) or a tablespoon (15 ml). Unless the recipe says otherwise, the measure is level.
If the measure is a ½ cup or full cup, this is the American measure (225 ml), and can often be found on small measuring jugs along with the millilitre measures.
If an ingredient is weighed then old fashioned balance scales allow the chef to actually hold the weights in their hands then see the pans levelling when the ingredient matches the weight needed - great fun.
Oven temperatures are given for fan ovens, static electric ovens and a gas setting. Cooking times may vary depending on your oven and the material of the container you are using. For example, a metal casserole will heat up quicker than a china one, and a china one will hold its heat longer than a metal one – this can affect the cooking time. Use the recipe temperature and time as a guide but keep an eye on things just in case yours cook quicker.
Where eggs are specified they are always medium size. Try to have more to hand than the recipe states so you always have a spare.
Where fresh vegetables, fruit and herbs are used, always wash and then drain on a clean tea towel before using in a recipe. This is a good job for your little chef to do.
Some ‘I Can Cook’ recipes to try
To begin with, of course, young chefs will need help in following the sequence of a recipe and getting to grips with the ingredients. But gradually you’ll find yourself assisting less and observing more, as they learn from this ‘hands on’ approach.
Educational and fun, this book shows under-sixes how they can cook fantastic food.
Remember to wash your hands!
Hygiene is essential when handling food, that's why it’s important to have clean hands before helping mum and dad in the kitchen.
So make some lovely lather and give those little hands a jolly good scrub!