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Kids and Teens' Online Cooking Classes
Kids and Teens' Online Cooking Classes
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The pandemic has taught us is that working and educating kids at home has been a challenge for many parents. However, we have been able to find a solution to problems that we never dreamt we would be facing.

At Otao kitchen on Victoria Street, we realised that with yet another extended lockdown, now is the time for us to bring our online cooking classes to life.  Most of our children having missed out on full time schooling for the better part of a year, and it would be gratifying if they could remember as the time that they learnt to become proficient cooks.

The past year has allowed us to familiarise ourselves with how best to use online interactive cooking experiences and to realise the great potential that these offer.  Class has interactive as demonstrations only work for the most motivated of individuals who set out to learn themselves but, for most, working alongside a teacher works a treat and shows how accessible cooking can be. 

We have run very large online classes as well as those for teens, and the food that has been produced has been perfect. We know that we have a winning formula. Not only that, but we decided to bring kids program aligning with our current offering. On the Cookery School side, we have the classes with recipes and local shopping (Woolworth and Coles) available, our chef will cook along and making sure that it succeeds. 

We are looking for

  • Sponsorship for classes, so we can offer free classes to your community
  • Expertise in presenting to a huge audience of teens i.e cooking a new dish at the same time
  • Publicity and social across all media and social channels so many kids as possible to join the course.
  • Endorsements from people and organisation so our children can learn, cook and eat healthy foods
  • Supermarkets and charities to help us in providing small ingredient boxes for each of the 20 sessions to those kids in food poverty.

The time is right now for giving our kids a worthwhile memory of their time in lockdown and pandemic to take forward.  Please email us at hello@otaokitchen.com.au, if you would like to get involved and which of the areas highlighted above you can help us with.

 

 

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Home Kitchen Knife Kit
Home Kitchen Knife Kit
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We all know how important the right kitchen knife set can be. But then comes the question of which set to get: Sharp Japanese steel that makes quick work of meal prep or a cheaper one? We have been using these items in our cooking school for the last few years. 

To help you find the best kitchen knife set for your needs, we’ve turned to reviews from actual customers who have purchased and used these knives for themselves. 

Kiwi Knife Asian Cleaver

When it comes to Asian household, everyone will have one of these. Cheap and Cheerful. The cleaver is mostly used to slice boneless meats, chop, slice. It is an excellent tool for smashing garlic and ginger and also use it to transfer food from cutting board to wok or frying pan. You can use for cut meat such as chicken, beef for making minced meats. It is multi-purpose kitchen knives. This Thai cleaver looks much like the butcher cleavers familiar in butcher shops in the west, but thinner. Made from high quality stainless steel. The blade is around 20 cm long, 28 cm height and 15 cm wood handle. Product of Thailand.

Buy On Amazon Fr $33.92

Japanese Santoku Knife

Santoku means three virtues is a blade-style perfect for chopping, mincing and dicing vegetables. This  16.5 cm Wasabi Black is the handy knife you'll turn to again and again in your kitchen. This Wasabi line of knives is made in the traditional Japanese blade styling. To reduce food sticking, the blades are sharpened on a single side or sometimes being slotted. Although it has a traditional blade-style, it is paired with a uniquely modern handle material, polypropylene blended with bamboo powder, and impregnated with an agent for super clean food preparation.

Buy On Amazon Fr $48.97

Cut Resistant Gloves

The cut resistant gloves let you handle your grater, knives, and mandolin slicer while worrying less about bandaging a finger or worse. Great for the kids too.
Made of food-safe ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene, glass fibre and Spandex, these gloves have been designed to resist cuts from even the sharpest blades. We use these gloves for clients to make a salad so they don't cut themselves. Different Size.

NoCry Cut Resistant Gloves with Secure-Grip Microdots and Level 5 Cut Protection. Comfort-Fit. Food Grade, Size Medium. Includes Free eCookbook!""" style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; color: rgb(46, 145, 252);">Buy On Amazon Fr $16.99

 Whetstone 

When your kitchen knives are being used during every service you'll need to revive the blade to keep it sharp.

Just a few minutes using the 400 grit side and you'll restore dull blades. A few more minutes on the 1000 grit side and that edge will be sharper than before.

Wet the whetstone's surface to float away from the swarf. The silicone base keeps the whetstone in place, so you can keep a consistent angle.

Buy On Amazon from $26.99

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What Is Garam Masala?
What Is Garam Masala?
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Do you have a jar of garam masala in your kitchen? This blend of fragrant spices is common in Indian food. You can blend yourself one or you can buy in. If you decided to do it then you might have all the spices. But what is garam masala? 

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Grilling & Charcoal
Grilling & Charcoal
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Gas vs Charcoal 

The age-old debate over which grilling method is ‘better’ involves multiple variables, from flavour to cost and convenience. While no studies prove that either is healthier, gas does burn cleaner. From a taste perspective though, many people prefer the smokier, richer taste of food cooked on a charcoal grill.

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How to Buy, Store and Prepare Chicken?
How to Buy, Store and Prepare Chicken?
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Australians eat more chicken every year than any other meat or protein. It can be a nutritious and tasty choice, but raw chicken often contains nasty salmonella. If not handled properly, the bacteria could make someone really sick! Poultry is a product that deteriorates quickly, so it’s important to know when it is fresh or not. Here are some hints to find the freshest chicken and the best way to store it.

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How to Buy & Store Fish
How to Buy & Store Fish
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Whether they’re behind the counter of a major supermarket or running their own business, find a fishmonger who cares about cooking, eating and selling seafood. Wherever you are, don’t buy seafood in the same way you’d buy frozen meat or vegetables. Make it an occasion and try to eat it the same day if possible. Fish and seafood aren’t commodities you want to buy and eat the following week!

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