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Must have kitchen utensils for kids – roadtested and reviewed by an 8 year old

My daughter Miss 8’s first post on Must read cookbooks for kids was so popular, we just had to have her back for another go.  And with Junior Masterchef hotting up in Australia, there’s bound to be a surge in sales of their branded cooking kits for kids.  Did I really see that one of the contestants is already in an ad for peas?  Anyway that’s another topic for another post.  But what really are the practical tools for kids in the kitchen?  What to do if your kids are too young for your Global, but too old for the butter knife?  Let’s see what she has to say (unedited of course):


Hi it’s Miss 8 and I’m here to show you parents and dietitians the best usentials for kids.  I will take you through some of the best ones and how to use them.  Come with me on the usensial ride.

Silicon cookery

Silicon cookery is great because you can use it forever and ever.  e.g  The silicon patty pans last forever because they are rubbery and you can take the cupcakes out of the cases easily.  Also there are scrapers which are good for a lot of things.  But it’s very good in scraping all the mixture to make perfect pancakes.

Kids chopsticks

Kids chopsticks are excellent because they have the two parts of the chopstick going up and into a little animal.  They are really easy because you just can clip them together easily. They are fabulous for sushi and noodles.  They are very, very, very easy to use.  I’ve been doing them since I was 2.


Non-hurt knife

This knife is very good because it is plastic and when you run your finger on the blade it does not hurt.  It’s very good for chopping up things and you would think that it wouldn’t cut sharp things, but it can.  I can chop Perino tomatoes, kiwi fruit, potatoes, canteloupe (for fruit kebabs), carrots, apples and lucky last bananas.  Even my brother can chop tomatoes. I love Perino tomatoes.  I eat them when I cook.

Source: via Spry on Pinterest


Spaghetti measurer

The spaghetti measurer is excellent because you can measure how many people you need.  It goes from 1 to 4 and you can have 1 1/2  and 21/2  and 3 1/2  also.  The brand is Joseph Joseph.  On the thing you move it has a little dot to show you where you are.

Apple slinky machine

My mum has just come back from a very busy trip in Sydney doing lots of work.  She got me back something and it was an apple peeler, corer, slicer.  You can make slinkys with your cucumber, potato, apples and oranges.  It is very fun and easy to set up.  Where the pointy bit is you stick your apple in and spin the handle and it does it.  My brother (master 5) has been using it all afternoon.  On the weekend Mummy, Master 5 and I are going to make potatoes out of the slinky machine and then put the potatoes in the oven and then have crispy slinkys. Mummy will send twitter and Facebook a photo of my crispy slinky.  I think that with my slinky machine it could change how my brother and kids that don’t like apples or the other veggies think that it’s a different fruit from another country that they haven’t seen.  It would be funny if my brother called the crispy slinkys, slinky chippys.

Editor’s note:

Thank you my darling Miss….there are so many other things to share, but we must save them for another time.  I just want to add that a stool is handy too!  The serrated salad knife is by Zyliss and widely available.  And for those dietitians who will probably ask, YES, you can set the slinky to leave the apple peel on.  We’d love to hear other tips in the comments.  What equipment do you use with kids in the kitchen?  How to you handle the hot stuff or the sharp stuff?  Got any links to great kid cooking sites?  Any recipes to share? I know a litle girl who will be very happy to hear from you below.

  • very cool post love the chopsticks

  • Tracey

    Wow Miss 8! You sure know about your kitchen usentials 🙂 I will telling telling Miss Kira all about them and I’m sure the Apple Slinky will be on the christmas wish list.

  • Miss 8 – I’m really enjoying reading your posts! We have those chopsticks and my 3 yr. old loves them. I’m a dietitian, too, and like your mum, love to find ways to get kids in the kitchen. Your advice is handy to share with other kids – keep up the great work (and your mum too!)

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  • Benjamin Fitzmaurice

    Such a great website. Lots of ideas. I want the non-hurt knife and the spaghetti measurer.

    It is such a wonderful thing to have children involved in food preparation.

  • Teri Lichtenstein

    Miss 8, can you pleaswe come teach your great kitchen tricks to my little girl?
    Another great tool for younger kids is alphabet cookie cutters – great for play dough shapes, biscuits, name cakes and of course to teach the letters of the alphabet!

  • Mitchell van Pamelen

    Hi Miss8 it’s Mitch here,from your school. I have a apple slinky machine as well. Using potatoes for the apple machine is clever,good idea! I like the spagetti machine it’s very intresting,do you know where you got the spagetti machine from?Very impressive Miss8,i’m amazed that you’re 8 and you did all that by yourself! Well done.

  • Hi Mitch I got it from Dstore an online shopping center if you got the website : they have it so you could get it from some cooking stores. I heard your mum is a fantastic cook from Miss 8

  • hallo, i am from turkey so my english is not that awesome. Please dont blame me. I try to read online journals to make my english better and i have to say that your blog was perfect readable for me, because the english is really clear-thinking and all the posts are perfect readable. I will keep on reading it, to improve my english even more. Thanks a lot 🙂

  • Lachlan Alexander Black-mogic

    hi miss8, i’m 7 and i think jonior marsterchef kits will come in handy for kids also when I got mine i had a ball. i got a cupcacke set and a rice set . today i wiil try to make choc-chip men and stars. enjoy cooking! 🙂

  • Miss 8

    very good Lachlan.

    Now my cooking stage is meringues
    Brownies and chocolate chip

    Get in the kitchen and have some fun.

  • Just before I come to be parent, I really didn’t know that youngsters love cooking food so much. My daughter definitely is in love with it, I believe when become adults will be even far better cook than me.

  • Wonderful, that is precisely what I was shooting for! Your post just spared me alot of work

    I’ll make certain to put this in good use! Thumbs up for the good information

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