Salt in Kids Cooking
When I was a kid,
I can remember eating dinner at my Grandpa's house. He absolutely loved
green onions and radishes, and I don't think I can remember a time that he
was without one or the other at the table.
My grandmother has this neat tiny glass bowl. Actually, it looked like a
miniature bird bath. It had a sculpted pedestal and scalloped edges, and it
held salt. My grandpa would dip his radish or his onion in the salt, take a
bite, then dip again.
However, my Mom pretty much cooked without adding salt, so dipping directly
in salt is a little too much for me. In fact, I still cook mostly without
salt - or just a tiny bit. I never use all that is called for in a recipe.
I don't salt my food at the table.
My kids don't salt their food either.
We've established early on the habit of not adding salt to our food. And
it's a good habit to have.
The primary purpose of salt in our home is for the making of play dough :-).
So, even if you are a heavy salter...your kids don't have to be. Cook their
food without salt. If they're young, they'll never know the difference. If
they're older, they'll adjust pretty quickly.
So, start the cut back now - take your container of salt and have your kids
think it's primary purpose is to make play dough!
P.S. It's never to late to cut back on salt, and it's especially great if
your kids can grow up without all the un-needed extra salt. Use the "Cooking
with Kids in a Box" to show them that salt is best used for Play Dough
and how they can cook without adding the salt!
Laura Bankston is
author of Internationally selling Cooking with Kids Curriculum:
Homeschool Cooking in a Box and the Homeschool Cookbook. She
currently home schools her three children, maintains home school support
websites, and manages their family-owned service business. For
information on her curriculum and free home school support services,
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