This post is sponsored by Blue Apron.
Here's a little secret about kids "helping" in the kitchen: It's not always all that helpful.
At least, not at first. There are a lot of spills. A lot of messes. Ingredients hit the floor. An egg gets pulverized against the rim of a bowl. A simmering pot has been stirred a bit too vigorously and now there's chili all over the wall.
It can be maddeningly slow, and frustratingly imperfect. An onion takes 20 minutes to dice. Ten minutes to peel an avocado. Four tries to get the aluminum on the baking sheet without ripping it. They forget to set the timer and wander away from the rice right at the wrong moment. You set them up prepping an ingredient and don't notice until it's too late that they've gone ahead and eaten most of it.
There might be some accidents along the way. Someone might forget that a burner is on, or learn the hard way that boiling water splashes outward if you toss potatoes in too quickly. (Just last night someone knocked a chef's knife onto the floor, where it barely missed falling blade down onto my bare foot.)
Watch your fingers, you say on repeat. Watch your fingers watch your fingers watch your fingers.
But of course, you keep letting them help. Because they do enjoy it, and it's good for them to enjoy it. And eventually the "help" starts to become...well, helpful. Ezra knows the proper way to grip a knife, and understands exactly how much salt and pepper to add. Ike doesn't need to be told where the cheese grater is, or how to juice a lime.
Unfamiliar ingredients, while still occasionally treated with great suspicion out on the dinner table, aren't as scary here in the kitchen. They're fun and colorful, and everybody knows that everything tastes better if it's something you helped make.
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