My 3 1/2 year old likes to cook and bake with me. We should have been doing it more often, but honestly, I can’t hear myself think above his chatter and I have often ended up making mistakes when we’ve worked together. Not anymore! I have found a system that works: mise en place. Yeah Baby, I broke out the French for this one. While my boy is otherwise engaged, I set everything up, including pre-measuring the ingredients. He gets to do the dumping and the stirring and such. Pre-measuring means there are a few more dishes to wash, but I think it’s worth it.
Lest you think he is getting off easy or that he will not understand all that goes into meal preparation, he is still required to help with cleaning up. When I can figure out how to get him to stop talking (without using duct tape) I’ll let him help measure.
For all you smarties who are saying “well, duh!” why didn’t you tell me?
Edit: Hey! I’m pretty sure that makes me the sous chef! I had a feeling he was the boss.