3 Ways Cut Food wo KnifeWelcome Friends!

So…You love the idea of your kids cooking but there’s something about using a knife that makes you a bit uncomfortable?  

Although I am a fan of teaching kids proper knife skills, it’s fun to find new ways to involve your kids in the kitchen that makes everyone feel safe.   My job is to help you find ways to make cooking easy and fun for your little chefs so that it’s enjoyable for you and empowering for them.  I believe that cooking is a great way to build kid confidence, leadership and independence.

Here are Three Easy Ways Kids Can Cut Food Without Using a Knife

1) Pizza Cutter

Cutting without a Knife: Pizza Cutter

Pizza cutters aren’t just for pizza anymore.  Pizza cutter blades aren’t typical that sharp plus the rolling effect feels is a lot more fun to kid chefs than just using a knife.  In this  Sausage Bites recipe, we used a pizza cutter when cutting the dough.  Not only is it good for cutting soft foods like doughs & breads, but did you know that your little chefs can use a pizza cutter to cut veggies instead of using a knife?  Try long, firm veggies like celery or carrots.

Pizza Cutters to Try:



2) Kitchen Shears or Scissors

Breakfast in a Jar

Most kids learn how to cut in pre-school and I don’t know any kid that doesn’t love cutting things with scissors.  Think how fun it will be for your little chefs to use scissors while cooking.  To make our on-the-go Breakfast in a Jar, we used kitchen shears to easily cut the breakfast sausage.  Instead of a knife, try using kitchen shears to cut herbs, leafy vegetables and other simple meats.  

Kitchen Shears to Try:


3) Hand Chopper

Hand Chopper

With a fun & simple pushing motion, you little chefs can cut herbs, fruit, garlic and more.  With the help of a hand chopper make a healthy & delicious fruit or veggie salad.  

Hand Choppers to Try:


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  • Diana Johnson @ Eating Richly Even When You're Broke

    Microplane is coming out with some new kid friendly choppers this year as well. So great to have options for really little ones!

    • Sous Chef Mommy

      Wow… I have to look out for it! Thanks for the tip.

  • Michelle (What's Cooking with Kids)

    People are asking me all the time about safe cutting tools for kids. These are great suggestions 🙂

    • Sous Chef Mommy

      Great! Glad you like them…

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About the Chef!

Chef Julian has had a love for cooking since the age of 3. Now as the CEO and Head Kid Chef of The Step Stool Chef, he is focused on empowering kids to be leaders in the kitchen. Chef Julian has been featured on the covers of magazines, newspapers as well as made guest appearances on all major TV networks, conferences and food festivals and is known for his fun & easy approach to cooking.

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