This week our food preparation work was pickle cutting! Some children really enjoyed cutting and eating the pickles and some wanted to cut and give them away to their classmates.
Last week we dissected a pumpkin in class to learn about the different parts. We then baked the pumpkin and the children took turns scooping out the inside. To demonstrate what to do with pumpkin we decided to make pumpkin muffins. The children all had a chance to help with mixing up the muffins, putting them in the tins and of course, eating them!
Our food preparation work this week was cheese cutting. The child takes the tray to a table and walks across the room to get an apron. They wash their hands and then proceed with cutting the block of cheese. Some children have cut very thin strips and other cut large chunks.
In our food preparation area, we introduced the children to salad dressing. They were very excited about trying to make it on their own. Into the bowl, we shook olive oil from a bottle and then added lemon juice in equal amounts. The children then added a bit of brown sugar and used the whisk. They have used this tool in the past so they were able to whisk without assistance.
After the dressing was whisked, we added home grown tender spinach leaves to the bowl and “tossed.”
We used tongs (again, another tool they have used in the past and are able to use independently now) to transfer the salad to the bowl for eating.
The children then ate the salad. We were once again surprised to see how many children ate their own spinach salad. It is wonderful to see these children eating healthy food!