Ben’s Beginners a cooking site for kids
I hate those ads that pop up under your open page. You do not realize they are there until the sound starts. Annoyed, I went to close one out. It was for some battle game. But, there was an ad within the ad.
It was for Ben’s Beginners, a cooking site for children by food company, Uncle Ben’s. This intrigued me. I did some Googling, looking for other similar sites. Most of the sites I found were not as good except for the Food Netwwork, which has a children’s section.
The Uncle Ben’s site is interactive. Children can learn basic techniques and methods of cooking. The lessons also reinforce reading, measurement, math, time, science,and creativity. Cooking involves all these basic skills.
From the website: “Our mission is to get kids to learn how to cook as well as they can read and write. Why? Because when kids learn to cook they develop healthier eating habits that last a lifetime.”
Each recipe has a check off list of ingredients. The directions are step by step with interactive instructions on techniques like stirring, chopping, pouring, measuring, or peeling to name a few.
Granted, many of the recipes call for Uncle Ben’s or related products. Substitutions can be made. The important thing, the site teaches and advocates cooking.
It is very important for children to learn how to cook, especially with their families. Cooking at home is healthier, aids in people making better nutritional choices, and more satisfying. Learning how to cook also involves learning how to shop. This involves nutritional and financial education.
Aside from cooking being a key life skill, spending time in a family activity is healthy and important for all involved.
Children learn other transferable skills like safety, following directions, making choices, performing tasks in a set order, making decisions or corrections, or problem solving.
Unfortunately, too many of us do not cook at home often or involve children in the process. Excuses range from time, mess, too many child activities, working long hours, or others.
Basically, people are lazy. It is way too easy and convenient to order in, pick up carry out, or nuke convenience frozen meals from the freezer.
It is way more comfortable to toss it all out, then bury your faces in all the devices you own or sit in front of the idiot box. All a waste of time.
Teach your children to cook. If you do not know how to cook, then it would be a good way for you and your children to learn together.
A good starter book is Prep School by James P. Dewan. The book of recipes is designed to learn the basic techniques and methods of cooking. The book is short and is a good resource.
An interesting factoid about Uncle Ben. The brand, Uncle Ben, was based on two people. The brand name is derived from a gentleman called Uncle Ben. He was an African American Texas Rice farmer who produced an excellent strain of Rice. The picture on the box is Ben Brown. Mr. Brown was a renowned Chicago chef and waiter.