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1. Getting Started Recipe

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This recipe for 1. Getting Started, by , is from Troop 1887 Cookbook - from Chuck Box to Backpacking, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Cliti Shafer
Added: Thursday, April 23, 2009


If you're like most Scouts, you probably love to eat, especially foods that you have made yourself. It is a good feeling knowing that you have prepared a delicious meal for your patrol to enjoy.

Serving as your patrol's cook and assistant cook is an important job. When you begin cooking, only the cooks and your Patrol Leader, SPL, and adults as needed should be allowed in the cooking area. This will help avoid any accidents due to overcrowding or distractions.

In order to have consistent results, before you begin cooking please consider the following guidelines:

1. Make sure you have read and re-read the instructions for the recipe you are about to make. If you have questions or don't understand something please ask for help before you start. This will help you avoid any disappointment in your cooking.

2. If you have loose clothes, like a jacket, remove them before cooking for safety. Similarly, if you have long hair, be sure to tie it back before cooking. This will prevent these items from getting caught, spilling a pot of hot water, or catching on fire.

3. Be sure to remember to wash your hands well with soap and water. Also have hand sanitizer available to use as needed. Remember, harmful germs (such as e. coli, hepatitis, salmonella, shigella, etc.) can easily be passed to others through food you prepare. These germs can make you and your patrol members very sick.

4. Before you begin cooking, gather all the ingredients and utensils that you'll need. This will save you time and make things go smoother when you're the cook or assistant cook.

5. Make sure that you have a clear area to work when preparing your food.

6. When handling raw meat or poultry, wash your hands and any tools used in soap and water immediately to prevent spreading of harmful bacteria.

7. When cooking on a stove, be aware if your pot or pan has handles, so you or others don't knock them over accidentally.

8. Don't forget to check if pots and pans are hot before trying to pick them up. If you don't know, assume that they are hot so you won't get burned.

9. Try to keep your kitchen area neat while you work. If possible, clean up as you go so there is not a big mess waiting for you after you finish eating. Put away foods and dispose of trash as you are cooking. Wipe up spills as they happen. Put things away where they belong.




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