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5.Turn the blade over and repeat on the other side an equal number of times.

6.Finish off on the sole of your shoe.

It will take half an hour to sharpen a dull knife, but once sharp, a minute a day will keep it in perfect shape.

Cub Scout Chefs

Eating is fun and so is fixing food to eat!  Cub Scouts love to do both.  This section will focus on cooking inside, instead of cooking outdoors.  For tips and ideas on cooking outdoors see the Webelos section of this book.

Cooking in a den meeting can be a real treat for Cubs.  Its provides a fun change of pace and a great avenue for teaching many important lessons that Cubs don't associate with having fun.   Cleanliness, nutrition, safety, how to follow directions, planning, etc., are easily demonstrated in the kitchen; and you're likely to have their attention when food is involved.  Always involve the boys as much as possible.

It is highly recommended that you first establish some rules in regards to cooking and eating.  Further it is important to remember that not all of your Cubs may have had any experience in the kitchen.  Some suggested rules are:

1.Wash your hands and keep them clean at all times.  (It might be a good idea to have a nail brush handy for some of the Cubs.)

2.Read all of the recipe before starting.

3.Be safe.

4.Nobody eats until the mess is cleaned up.

You, of course, should elaborate on these rules to fit your situation and add any others you or the Cubs might think of.  Assign everyone a task.  If you run out of tasks, double up and have the boys waiting their turn start cleaning or look for safety violations.  One of the skills we hope you don't have teach with cooking is First Aid.  Just in case, know where your first aid kit is and how to use it.  You should have at least one other adult present when cooking with Cub Scouts.  Your full attention should be on a boy using a knife, mixer, blender or other potentially dangerous utensil.

Do simple things to start with and then progress as the skills become sharper.  The first venture into food preparation will probably be an after school snack or a sack lunch for an outing.  You will find recipes for all kinds of food in cookbooks and on mix boxes.  While cooking from a recipe, help the Cub Scout measure out the ingredients himself.  It's a lot more fun, but it does take more time and skill.


BAKE:Cook food in the oven.

FRY:Cook food in hot oil.

BEAT:To combine ingredients, or add air by using a brisk whipping or stirring motion.

KNEAD:Work and press dough with palms of hands.  Turn a little after each push.

BLEND:Stir several ingredients together until smooth.

MIX:Stir ingredients together.

BOIL:Cook in hot liquid that bubbles and steams.

SIMMER:Cook in liquid over very low heat.  Bubbles are small and slow.

BROIL:Cook in direct heat.  Use the broiler or cook outside over coals.

CREAM:Beat with spoon or mixer until mixture is soft and fluffy.


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