Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Simplifying Mealtimes

Today I'm going to share a tip that has the power to literally transform mealtimes with little ones.

In our house, at each meal, I have three plates worth of food to cut up. One plate requires small, "non-chokable" bites for Grace. Another requires medium-sized 4-year-old bites for Josh. And then there's a plate of regular-sized bites for Jilly.

Y'all -- that's a lot of cutting. It's rather tedious and, if you happen to be eating something like pizza, the cutting can get a little messy.

The solution?

A humble pair of Kitchen Shears:

Many of you probably already have a pair in your kitchen utensil drawer, but, if you're like me, you had no idea what to do with them.

With the kitchen shears, I can cut up three kiddie dinners in about 1/3 of the time with the precision of a samurai chef. Seriously -- it's such a time saver. And for pizza? It's golden. You actually manage to keep the cheese on the crust, instead of tearing all the cheese off the pieces you try to cut with a fork and knife.

I've also been known to tuck my shears into the diaper bag for birthday parties and the like, because the only thing worse than cutting food into small bites with a fork and knife is having to do it with a plastic fork and knife.

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Lorie said...

That is a great idea! I will have to get a second set because the set I have is used to open everything.

Christina Lee said...

I have them and I use them for all food-even food prep like veggies going into a salad b/c I am too lazy to cut up everything!the only thing that makes me bonkers is if someone tries to use them for non-food things-I pop a blood vessel. I have a strict food only rule for them (am I wierd?)

notSupermum said...

That's a great tip, but now my girls are old enough to cut their own food up I might just bear it in mind for when I need to start cutting my own food into small chunks again :-)

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

Awesome idea! I have a pair of kitchen shears like that and I love them. I just read that comment about using them to prep veggies for salad...BRILLIANT!

I learn so much from other bloggers. Ya'll are so inspiring. said...

Awesome tip! Thanks!

It Feels Like Chaos said...

My kids are the exact same ages as yours, so I can totally relate to how long it takes to cut up their food! I am not picky about much, but I do like to eat my food hot and often by the time I get theirs all cut up mine is cold. I will have to try the kitchen shears.

Vanessa said...

Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

Kristen said...

LOVE the kitchen shears. A favorite at our house is to cut hot dogs into an octopus shape. (like this
I find it easier with my shears than a knife.

Hillary @ The Dunham Diaries said...

I love this idea! The shears can also be used at birthday parties to free trapped toys from their original entrapment(some FDA-required, screwdriver needed, concoction) or to threaten children. I mean, either or..