Prairie Fare: Handle Flour Safely When Baking at Home | Chroniclers
Reading and following recipes builds reading and vocabulary skills. What does it mean to whisk, fold or knead the ingredients?
Food preparation takes planning. After choosing a recipe, you need to check your ingredient supply and look for any missing items in your pantry or refrigerator.
Food preparation also requires patience, especially if yeast bread is involved.
With siblings working together, negotiation and conflict resolution skills can be put into practice.
Children also learn safety techniques, from the use of knives to the use of an oven and appliances.
Most people know that cooking requires special attention to food safety, but cooking also has some fairly recent caveats.
Be careful when you get your cooking recipes. Some recipe makers and users may not be aware of some of the more recent rules for handling raw flour.
For example, a quick search of popular recipe sites showed recipes targeting children at home. Several “pastas” have not been cooked and, therefore, are not considered safe.
Remember that when the grain is ground into flour, it is not heated. Flour is technically a “raw” food and it must be heated before eating.
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), several outbreaks of foodborne illnesses linked to E. coli and salmonella bacteria have left 168 people sick and resulted in 20 hospitalizations. The affected products included cookie dough and cake mix. These were eaten raw or undercooked. If cooked properly, they are safe.