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Tips for Cooking

(Never cook anything without the supervision of a grown up!)

  1. Have your parents preheat the oven only when necessary (unless you are baking cake or bread). If you turn the oven on before you really need it, it’s a waste of energy.
  2. Help your parents plan a meal ahead of time where they can bake several dishes at the same time and temperature in the oven.
  3. Tell Mom or Dad to bake items directly on the oven rack or a cookie sheet. Using foil liners or oven liners can prevent proper circulation and reduce cooking efficiency.
  4. Remind Mom and Dad to thaw food before cooking because it will take less time to prepare.
  5. Always be careful around the burners and use the smallest flame on the burner. The flame should not be bigger than the width of the pan. A large flame can be dangerous and will cook the food too fast.
  6. Do not attempt to boil water on your own and be sure to cover the pan, this will make the water boil faster.
  7. Nobody likes over done veggies. Be sure to cook them in small amounts of water. Avoid overcooking, which wastes energy, and takes away flavor and nutrients from the food.
  8. If your oven is dirty it will not do the job as well. Clean ovens and appliances so they will work as they were designed and not waste energy.
  9. Be careful around the burner and make sure the flame on the stove is blue and never yellow. If the flame is yellow or orange, have your mom or dad clean the burner with soap and water.

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