Darlingtion Library program gives kids hands-on cooking lessons
By Melissa Rollins, Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanksgiving is going to be here before you know it. On Nov. 8, children tried their hand at a green bean dish perfect for the holiday table during the Homeschool Hub program at the Darlington Library.
Hosted by Liz Davis, with the library’s children’s services, students were able to try out their crescent rolling, seasoning and stirring skills with a tasty outcome awaiting them.
“We are going to pan sear these frozen green beans in a pan with some extra virgin olive oil and some seasoning, lemon pepper seasoning; we will add some fried onions on the top and it will be really yummy,” Davis said. “This doesn’t take but a few minutes. The first thing we are going to do is read the instructions on these crescent rolls and then we are going to roll them out and get them ready to go in the oven.”
Davis joked that they could have made green bean casserole but she figured the kids wouldn’t eat it so they were going to make something a little more kid friendly.
Each student rolled their own crescent roll, even giving it those signature curved ends. As they were rolling, Davis talked to the students about an important information to look for when grocery shopping.
“What would be important about buying crescent rolls,” Davis asked. “What might be something you might want to do? If it is already on the shelf, there might be something called an expiration date on it. Sometimes businesses don’t pull things in time so, when you buy something, you want to look at the expiration date. That would not be a fun Thanksgiving if you had expired food.”
Cooking always involves a little science, such as using measuring cups, and Davis took the opportunity to point out a chemical process occurring in their food.
“Are the crescent rolls getting bigger or smaller in the oven,” she asked. “They are getting bigger. Most bread when you put it in the oven has a chemical reaction. This has layers of fat and flour and some type of leavening that, when it is heated, it separates and puffs up.”
During the program, Davis reminded students of the importance of kitchen safety and making sure to read directions when cooking.
“If we had this pan that is cooking pretty good now and the handle was facing out and I had to go run out and I hit it, what would happen to the pan,” Davis asked. “It would go flying and it would fall and it could burn somebody else or whatever was in the pan could come out and burn you. It is best to keep the handle over (the side of the oven without other burners). Then when we open it up and stir it, which we are going to do in a minute, it is best to have one hand on the handle and the other on the utensil.”
In the end, the green beans got pretty good reviews, though the crescent rolls were by far the thing that the students enjoyed the most.