Important information for cooking meat

When handling raw meat make sure that any items you use on the raw meat are only used on the raw meat. So, if you cut the raw meat with a knife, that knife must be washed and cleaned before it is used for anything else. The chopping board that you use to cut the raw meat must also be cleaned before it is used for anything else.

Beef

Equipment

  • Chopping Board (if the meat is not pre-cut), frying pan, hob, knife if the meat is not pre-cut) and tongs

How to cook

  1. Turn on the hob to a high heat.
  2. If you have bought some beef that hasn’t been cut up or diced in small chunks, then cut it into small chunks. Do this by placing it on a chopping board and using a knife to cut it. If you have bought diced beef or something similar and the beef is already in smaller pieces before you open the packaging then you can move onto the next step.
  3. Get a frying pan
  4. Optional Step: You can pour a little bit of cooking oil onto the frying pan to help the meat cook. This can be a bit unhealthier than cooking without the oil. However, this isn’t necessary so if you don’t have any or would rather not use it then move on to the next step.
  5. Place all of the pieces of beef into the frying pan.
  6. Keep them in the frying pan until every side is brown. Use some tongs to rotate the meat when it needs to be put onto a different side.
  7. Once all of the chunks of beef are brown you can turn off the heat and they are ready for you to use however you want.

Chicken

Equipment

  • Chopping board, frying pan, hob and a knife

How to cook

  1. Turn on the hob to a high heat
  2. Cut the chicken up into smaller pieces by placing it on a chopping board and cutting it with a knife.
  3. Get a frying pan
  4. Place the chicken into the frying pan.
  5. Keep the pieces of chicken in the frying pan until they are white both inside and outside. There should be absolutely zero pink areas of the chicken when you are finished cooking it. To check if the inside of the chicken is cooked cut a few of the pieces in half to see.
  6. Once it is all white then the chicken is ready for you to use in whatever way you want.

Note: Make sure the chicken is cooked thoroughly (not pink) before you eat it. If necessary return them to the pan.

Sausages

Equipment

  • Oven, oven gloves and oven tray.

How to cook

  1. Turn the oven on to a high heat (190 degrees or gas mark 5). Keep in mind that this doesn’t mean: “Make the oven as hot as it can go”. This just means: “Make sure it is very hot, so that it can cook them”.
  2. Wait for it to heat up. If the oven is already on and in use then you can move onto the next step.
  3. Take the sausages out of the package and place them on a tray.
  4. Place the tray into the oven.
  5. Let them cook for about 20 minutes.
  6. With oven gloves, carefully take the tray out of the oven.
  7. The sausages are now ready for you to use how you want.

Note: Make sure the sausages are cooked thoroughly (not pink) before you eat them. If necessary return them to the oven.

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This toolkit is an adaptation of the Autism&Uni project led by Marc Fabri from Leeds Beckett University, under license CC BY 4.0. The original Autism&Uni project was funded with support from the European Commission with partners in the UK, Finland, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain. For more information about this project please visit the Autism&Uni website.

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