1. Always wash hands and
countertops before starting.
2. Stay safe! Have an adult
show how to do age appropriate baking tasks.
- Clean surfaces
before and after; washing fruits or veggies.
- Gather ingredients,
pans; grease baking pans
- Stir dry ingredients,
spoon into dry measure cup; level off Measure liquid ingredients
- Add measured dry
and liquid ingredients into mixing bowl
- Crack eggs
- Cut fruit, margarine
or butter sticks with plastic or table knife on cutting board;
- Stir batters (pancakes,
muffins)-a thick dough may be too stiff
- Knead dough
- Preheat the oven
(adult help load products in hot oven)
- Wash dishes, put
away ingredients or utensils
Get adult help with sharp knives or peelers, opening cans/bottles, stirring
thick mixtures, loading and unloading the oven and handling
- Learn safe knife
skills for chopping and cutting
- Handle food equipment
safely-place oven racks and load oven
- operate mixer,
microwave, bread machine, food processor
- Follow a recipe,
measure accurately and prepare a product
- Read and interpret
ingredient and food labels
- Handle and store
food ingredients and finished products safely.
- Clean up
4. Gather all the ingredients
and equipment. Make sure ingredients are fresh.
5. Use the right tools. Use measuring spoons (not eating utensils) for small amounts. Stir
dry ingredients (flours, sugars, cornmeal, cocoa) and spoon into dry
measuring cups and level off with a flat edged utensil. Pour liquids
(water, oil, milk, honey, corn syrup) in a clear liquid measuring
cup placed on the countertop.
6. Use a food thermometer
to measure liquid temperatures before adding to yeast. Always
cover bread dough and place it to rise at room temperature (or about
80 degree F). Be sure to punch it down when it doubles in size.
7. Ingredients tips: Use large eggs in home baking.
Use only butter or margarine (read the package label), not a spread or reduced fat product.
8. Use the size of pan the recipe recommends for best results.
(For substitutions, see
pan substitution chart)
9. 1-2-3-4-5 in the
Oven: 1. Make sure the oven racks are in the right place. Move
them while the oven is cold. 2.Always preheat the oven as the recipe
directs. 3. Place pans in the oven so they are not touching each other
or the oven sides. Do not place pans on racks right above or under
another pan. 4. Keep dry oven mitts or pads close by. 5. Have a wire
cooling rack ready for the pans and to cool the baked food on.
10. Clean up spills immediately. While the product bakes, finish