Week 5: 5th May

Welcome! If you haven't already seen it, you may be interested in the introduction to how the badge activities work.

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This week we're in the kitchen, cooking a meal for our Chef badge, and for fun we'll be making some paper helicopters.

Safety and hygiene - Chef badge

This week we're starting our Chef badge, but before we get started with the cooking, it's important to know the rules of safety and hygiene in the kitchen.

Some of the most serious home accidents can happen in the kitchen, if you're not paying attention and following some basic safety rules.

The main dangers in the kitchen are:

  • injuries caused by heat, such as burns on the cooker or a hot pan, or scalds with hot water or hot fat
  • cuts caused by sharp objects such as knives, other blades (such as the blade on a food processor), or broken glass
  • electrocution if you use electrical equipment incorrectly
  • slips and falls caused by spills on the floor, or tripping over something

Heat is obviously important in cooking, but if you aren't careful you could burn yourself on a hot object.

Oven gloves should always be used when putting things in or taking things out of the oven.

Sharp knives can be very dangerous if not used carefully. Always use a suitable cutting board and make sure you keep your fingers well out of the way of the blade.

So how are we going to make sure you are safe in the kitchen? Talk to your parent about the rules you have to follow to stay safe, such as:

  • which tasks you are allowed to do and which you should let an adult do - for example it may be best to ask an adult to remove a heavy dish from the oven, or operate a blender
  • making sure you use oven gloves if you are touching a hot tray
  • being careful if you are using sharp knives, always using them on a cutting board with the blade pointed down. Never let go of a sharp knife in a sink of soapy water - you or someone else might not realise the knife is there and may cut themselves
  • making sure you wipe up any spills immediately

The rules you have to follow at home will depend on your individual circumstances.

We also need to think about hygiene, which means making sure that any food is safe and is not going to make us ill.

The most important food hygiene rules are:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly before handling any food, and particularly after you have touched any raw meat
  • Making sure all utensils, pots, pans etc are clean before we use them
  • Store food at the correct temperature (for example in the fridge)
  • Keep food that is eaten without any further cooking (like salad and bread) separate from food that needs cooking (like meat)
  • Making sure that food is safe to eat before using it (for example, it hasn't gone off!)
  • Making sure that all food - particularly meat - is correctly cooked before eating

Different ways of cooking food - Chef badge

Talk to your parent about different ways of cooking food that you know of. These could include:

  • Boiling in water - for example you might boil potatoes, rice or vegetables
  • Steaming above a pan of boiling water - for example you might steam delicate vegetables
  • Stewing in some kind of sauce or liquid, such as cooking meat in gravy
  • Baking or roasting in an oven - for example, you might bake a cake or a jacket potato (at a low/medium temperature) or roast a potato or a piece of meat (at a higher temperature)
  • Grilling directly underneath a source of heat (grill) - for example you might grill bacon, sausages or cheese on toast

Can you think of any others?

Cooking a meal - Chef badge

Now it's time to do the main part of our Chef badge, which is to cook a meal!

With the help of an adult, you should plan, cook, serve and clear away a two-course meal for at least two people. The meal must include vegetables of some kind. The meal can be as simple or as complicated as you like! There are so many things you could try, but here's a few examples that would work:

  • Spaghetti bolognese (with vegetables such as onion and tomato in the sauce); with ice-cream for dessert
  • Fishfingers, oven chips and peas; with fruit salad afterwards
  • Home made vegetable soup, with a sandwich

Decide what you are going to cook, and take some photos either while you are cooking or of the finished result, and send them in to count towards your badge.

You should also help with the washing up (or loading the dishwasher) afterwards too!

Your meal should include vegetables.

Peeling potatoes or preparing other fresh vegetables can also count towards your Skills Challenge badge.

Additional credit for Skills Challenge badge

If you do the following as part of your meal, please let me know, since these can also count towards your Skills Challenge badge:

  • lay a table for a meal
  • peel potatoes or prepare other fresh vegetables

Paper helicopters - just for fun

Just for fun this week, an activity that is not related to cooking at all!

Try to make a paper helicopter! There are some excellent instructions from NASA on their website - you can either print their template and cut it out, or you can just draw the same shape onto some paper using a pencil and a ruler, like I do in the video.

Why not give it a go?

Hope you enjoyed these - check back next week for some new activities! Don't forget, you are welcome to go back and try any activities from previous weeks that you may have missed.

Stay safe - and Cubs, do your best!