Focus on Food Cooking Skills
Checklist for Primary Schools
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Knife Skills
Weighing and Measuring
1. Using measuring spoons and cups
2. Using a jug to measure liquids
3. Using a balance scales
4. Using digital or spring balance scales
1. 'Bridge' knife technique - soft foods e.g. strawberry, cherry tomato
2. 'Bridge' knife technique - harder foods e.g. apple
3. 'Claw' knife technique - soft foods e.g. cucumber
4. 'Claw' knife technique - hard foods e.g. carrot 
5. Simple combination of 'Bridge' and 'Claw' e.g. onion 
6. Snipping herbs in a jug using scissors
7. 'Hedghogging' a mango
8. Peeling soft vegetables e.g. courgette 
9. Fork secure peeling e.g. carrot (with or without 'Fork Secure' )
10. Grating soft foods e.g. courgette, cheese
11. Grating harder foods e.g carrots, apple 
12. Finer grating e.g. Parmesan cheese, nutmeg
Baking Skills
1. Sieving flour
2. Cutting fat into flour
3. Cracking an egg
4. Separating an egg
5. Beating an egg
6. Rubbing fat into flour
7. Adding liquid to flour
8. All in one cake mixing 
9. Creaming fat and sugar
10. Folding flour into creamed mixture
11. Scraping out a bowl with spatula 
12. Dividing mixture into tins e.g. muffins
13. Mixing to form a bread dough
14. Kneading
15. Shaping e.g. bread rolls
16. Handling and folding filo pastry
17. Handling and rolling puff pastry
18. Handling and rolling shortcrust pastry
19. Cutting out rolled pastry
20. Glazing e.g. brushing with egg,milk,oil
Other Skills
1. Tearing e.g. herbs
2. Crumbling cheese e.g. feta cheese
3. Arranging ingredients / toppings 
4. Spreading with the back of a spoon e.g. pizza topping
5. Spreading with a table knife.g. butter
6. Scooping
7. Mashing
8. Crushing garlic
9. Using lemon squeezer
10. Beating ingredients together e.g salad dressing
11. Shaping e.g. fishcakes/burgers
12. Coating with egg and breadcrumbs
13. Using the hob (only with adult supervision) e.g. to sweat veg for soup
14. Whisking e.g. egg whites or cream
15. Shelling a hardboiled egg
16. Knowing kitchen rules
17. Know where food comes from
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