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It’s always good to get kids to help with household chores, and giving children a good basic knowledge of cooking, kitchen skills, and know how is not only important for later in life but also a fun way to bond. Get some fun and interesting (and easy) kitchen wares in stock, and make dinner as well as lifelong memories. (Kids will also have a great sense of pride when the food is presented,)
Let’s start with the basics- pots and pans. Keep it eco-freindly and safe for the kids by using products that are non-toxic. Some easy to find, and easy on the wallet (but still safe and high quality) choices are the Green Pan and Twiztt collections. You can get all the basics that you need online or in stores near you. Voted “Best in Europe”, the Green Pan is ceramic, non toxic, and contributes to your healthy and sustainable lifestyle. It’s non-stick Thermolon is heat resistant, which means that if you overheat your pan, even up to 450/850, no toxic fumes will be released and the coating will not blister or peel. The food slides off easily (please follow directions, this is not a traditional non-stick pan) while not adding unwanted chemicals to your food. It is easy to clean and store.
For more, go to http://www.green-pan.us or a local Target store.
Twiztt by Joan Lunden was created with the consumer’s safety in mind- simple, afforadable, and healthy. With no nasty chemicals, this product is truly organic. Made with Thermolon healthy ceramic non-stick coating, it is easy to cook with and not create a mess. These are food kits with simplicity in mind, each set comes with all you need to make a meal with ease. For example, The “Cook, Cut, and Serve” set is complete with stainless steel lid with adjustable steam release knob, melamine bowl for table top presentation. It also keeps food warm and functions as safe pot holder, as well as doubles as serving & mixing bowl. This set also arrives with an easy to clean and sustainable bamboo chopping boar which fits on the melamine bowl, for easy food collection and preperation. All but the cutting board are dishwasher safe.
For more, go to http://www.twiztt.com or your local Bed Bath & Beyond.
Crock pots are a great way to cook, and something no home should be without (in this busy parent’s opinion). On those busy days when you know you won’t have time to spend making dinner, start your creation early in the day and arrive home to a home cooked meal, as well as the aroma of your fete. For large families, for entertainining, or just for variety I love the new Crock-Pot Hook Up Connectable Entertaining System. One can connect individual slow cooker units by plugging into each other to create an spread that can be customized to suit any size up to six units in a single outlet. Also, it’s attractive, and you can use one at a time if your group is going to be small that evening. These are sold individually or as a kit, in several sizes, so it’s easy to choose exatly what you need for your home. These are also easy to stack and store, and all stoneware is removeable and lids and stonewear are dishwasher safe. Carried in many major retailers.
For more, go to http://www.crock-pot.com
No food experience would be complete without dessert. Keep it healthy while still having fun in it’s creation with new Yonanas. This blender-sized kitchen gadget emulsifies frozen fruit into a creamy dessert that looks, tastes and feels like soft-serve ice cream, but without the fat and keeping the vitamens and fiber you want for your family. This healthy frozen desssert is fun and easy to make, and you choose the fruits you add for the flavors you get. It is also easy to take apart and clean, and no dangerous parts are anywhere near little helping hands. (If you really wanted to, you could add chocolate or nuts, too.) The parts of this machine are dishwasher safe, and you can find Yonanas in many major retailers.
For more, go to http://www.yonanas.com/