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  • Introduction to Cub Chef Activity Badge

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  • Know and understand the Top 10 tips for cooking!

    Discuss with your leader the advantages and disadvantages of different types of food: • Discuss the importance of a balanced diet • Write a menu for a healthy school lunch • Write a simple menu for a healthy breakfast

    Cookery activity • Prepare a healthy item for breakfast • Prepare and cook a main course to include suitable vegetables • Prepare a fruit based dessert either hot or cold • Prepare an afternoon snack

    *All cookery must be carried out with adult supervision. *You should discuss what you would like to cook and why, then plan using suitable recipes.

    *Don’t forget to get a photo of you cooking! *Remember to wash your hands regularly and work safely!

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  • Who am I cooking for?

    What are their likes and dislikes?

    Are there any vegetarians?

    Does anyone have an allergy or intolerance?

    What’s the age range?

    How many people am I cooking for?

    Planning makes cooking easier!

    Make sure what you plan to do and when you plan to do it works for everyone involved. Cooking for a special occasion will win you plenty of fans: it takes the pressure off mum or dad, and allows you to make the best of your skills.

    So whether it’s cooking Sunday lunch, a Saturday night with friends, a birthday celebration meal or cooking a fun themed menu — have a go and enjoy yourself!

    Here’s a simple check list to get you started:

    When you’re planning a menu, always write down your

    order of work and follow it to avoid forgetting anything.

    As a basic guide, think: • Recipes • Shopping list• Plan of work

    If you do all your preparation in advance and prepare

    desserts in advance, you will save time and effort on

    the day.

    Measurements

    lb = pounds oz = ounce fl oz = fluid ounce g = gram

    kg = kilogram pt = pint in = inches cm = centimetre

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    What’s my budget and how much is my menu likely to cost?

    At this time of year, what’s available or in season?

    What produce is available locally?

    Research: do I need to practise or try out my dishes in advance?

    Table setting: do I have enough crockery, cutlery and service ware?

    Cooking equipment: do I have enough pots and pans?

    Thinking ahead: what help do I need?

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  • Safety first Remember to work to your plan and safely. Be aware of what is happening around you and be aware of others. Preparing and cooking food needs your concentration. Trying to cook while watching TV or on the phone will increase the risk of accidents...

    All in good order Always clean as you go: you don’t want to face a huge pile of dirty pots, pans and utensils when you’ve finished… If you clean-up as you work, you’ll have a tidy kitchen at the end!

    Deciding what to cook There are many recipes available as suggestions for Cubs but there are so many ideas, styles and dishes — international or local — to choose from, that you have almost infinite choice. Perhaps your parents or grandparents have a great recipe that you would enjoy cooking?

    Keep a record It’s always a good idea to write down your recipe and how you cooked it before taking a photo of the final result. If it’s good, other people will want to cook your dish — a great compliment to the chef!

    Enjoy the experience If you enjoy what you are doing, it will show in your food. There is nothing worse than a stressed-out cook in the kitchen. If you want your guests to relax and enjoy themselves, you have to enjoy the preparation and cooking! Have fun!

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    g = gram

    kg = kilogram pt = pint in = inch cm = centimetre

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    Cooking is great fun but with lots of hot and sharp things around, safety comes first! Make sure you read these simple rules and follow them every time you are in the kitchen. Be safe, enjoy yourself, and the food you cook will be delicious.

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    Never cook anything, or use anything sharp, hot or electrical without an adult there to help you.

    Before you touch anything electrical, such as plugs, sockets or blenders, make sure your hands are dry. If they are wet, you could give yourself an electric shock.

    Before you start cooking, always give your hands a good wash with soap and clean your work surfaces.

    Hot pots and pans should always be placed on a heatproof mat or stand.

    Make sure the handles of saucepans aren’t sticking out from the cooker so no-one can knock against them.

    Bacteria (also known as germs) are everywhere and sometimes food can have some on it that might make you or the people you’re cooking for, ill. So always wash fruit and vegetables before you use them and wash your hands, knife and chopping board when you’ve been handling raw fish or meat.

    Always clean and tidy as you work, keep a cloth close by and mop up any spills.

    Read the recipe all the way through before you shop for the ingredients and before you start cooking. Make a shopping list, and then ask an adult to check it for you because you might have some of the ingredients already.

    Take extra care weighing and measuring ingredients: if you rush this, it’s easy for your recipe to go wrong. Make sure you have a set of measuring spoons and kitchen scales too.

    Don’t rush, it’s better for the food to be a little late than taste bad. If you put love and care into your cooking it actually makes the food taste better!

    Have fun and enjoy yourself!