March 15, 2011

Chopping without Knives

I am a huge believer that even young children can be taught how to safely use knives (something they did a lot of in the Montessori classes I visited on the weekend). But a cooking experience with 20 children is not a good place to introduce the concept of using knives, so I was excited to come across this gadget at the supermarket.

All you have to do is push the handle down and the blades chop the vegetables without any sharp edges being exposed to the children.

The result wasn't the finest of cuts, mainly because many young children don't have the strength to push the handle down as hard as is needed.
But it does make some very yummy tabouli without any injury.
The recipe I used was pretty loose, but there are lots of things for children to smell, touch, taste and explore as we mixed it together.


2 bunches of parsley, chopped
1 bunch of mint, chopped
1 punnet of cherry tomatoes, chopped
1 lemon, juiced
1/2 cup couscous, made according to packet instructions

Once everything is prepared, mix them together and enjoy with some pita/Lebanese bread.


MothersBrains said...

When my boys were younger I included a Kiddie Food Kutter knife in their Christmas stocking one year so they could start helping with dinner without me dying from stress ;)
I think they'd be ideal for class cooking.

Erin said...

cool, I hadn't ever heard of them before.