An Introduction to Packet Cooking
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8
- Have students take 5 minutes
to list on a sheet of paper the
dinners theyve eaten at home
for the past 2 weeks.
Ask a few students to share
their responses with the class.
- Many students may have listed
take-out or frozen dinners as
foods theyve eaten recently.
Ask students to identify the
benefits of convenience foods
(such as frozen dinners) and
convenient cooking methods.
- Ask students to think about the
roles their family members play
Who prepares dinner? When is
the meal prepared? Whos
responsible for clean-up?
At what time do families eat
dinner? Do they eat together
or in shifts?
- Next, explain to students that if they help with some of the meal planning and
preparation at home, theyll be able to spend more time with their families.
They can help their families eat more healthy, home-cooked meals.
- Introduce the Reynolds Quick and Easy Packet Cooking with No Clean-Up method
by demonstrating it for the class, following the steps listed. (See above right.)
- After your demonstration, ask students to brainstorm for a list of the benefits of packet cooking. Students answers might include: it allows families to eat in shifts; its healthy; it allows food to cook in its own juices and retain moisture; its quick, its easy and theres no clean-up. Divide students into groups and have them practice packet cooking.