Does your child like to help you cook? Many kids do, but some need a little push (and help) to get them going. That’s where Kidstir comes in. Check out Parentology’s Kidstir review to learn more.
How It Works
Kidstir is a monthly subscription box that comes with real recipes to get kids cooking and learning different techniques in the kitchen. Whether your child has some experience in the kitchen or is a newbie, Kidstir can get them motivated to cook.
Each Kidstir kit comes with three step-by-step recipe cards, an ingredients list, a quality cooking tool, achievement stickers, a wordstir game, and a little activity book. You have to provide the ingredients, so depending on the recipe and what you have in the house, a trip to the grocery store is probably necessary.
The kits change monthly and never repeat, so there’s always something different for kids to cook and learn. Parents can buy the kits monthly or sign up for a 3, 6, or 12-month subscription. They’re geared for kids 4-14, but the whole family can have fun with these kits. There is a 30-day free trial where your first box is free and you only pay for shipping.
Kidstir “Brunch with Love” Review
Our Kidstir kit was “Brunch with Love,” perfect for kids who want to cook some brunch for their families. There was a blueberry streusel muffin recipe, ham and swiss crepes recipe, and a card for a chai tea latte. Silicone baking cups were the quality cooking tool of choice in this kit so kids don’t have to use paper liners for the muffins.
We gave the muffins and crepes a try since we’re not the biggest chai tea fans. We started off with the blueberry streusel muffins, which called for basic baking ingredients like flour, sugar, oil, and an egg. The instructions were easy enough for my 9-year-old to follow on her own. There were no mixers involved, just a whisk, so it was easy for her to get the batter ready by herself.
The batter mixed quickly and she poured it into the six baking cups easily. We had never used silicone baking cups before so this was a new experience for us both. They were much easier to use than trying to separate the paper ones. Plus, they didn’t fold in as you poured the batter.
Next, it was time to make the streusel topping. This was very easy and only involved mixing butter, flour, sugar, and salt. The best part was that the recipe called for mixing it with clean hands and we all know how much kids like to use their hands and touch everything!
Once the streusel was mixed, it was time to put it on top of the batter and get the muffins in the oven. Within twenty minutes, they came out perfectly and tasted pretty good.
With this recipe, the only thing I had to do was put the oven on and handle the muffin pan. This blueberry streusel muffin recipe was very kid-friendly and easy to follow.
Kidstir Crepes Review
Next, it was time to try the ham and swiss crepes. This recipe was a little tricky because you had to move quickly to make sure the crepe didn’t overcook. After one side was cooked, you had to flip it over to the other side. We had a little trouble with our flipping technique, but we still got the job done!
Once the crepe was prepared, our attention turned to the filling. Since we’re not big mushroom fans, we skipped that part and just used the spinach, swiss cheese, and ham. The filling was easy for my daughter to prepare with no issues. I just had to turn on the stove.
After the filling was cooked, it was time to stuff the crepe. This part was also pretty easy, although we put our filling in a little too deep, so it didn’t peek out and look pretty like it did on the recipe card. That said, the flavor was there, which is the more important part!
The crepes were definitely a step up on the difficulty scale, but still manageable. The flipping part can get a little tricky if you don’t do it quick enough or if you let one side cook more than the other. But, besides that, the Kidstir recipes in this box were easy to follow with clear instructions and pictures. Depending on the child’s age, minimal supervision or help is needed.
Kidstir kits are a good way to get kids in the kitchen learning different cooking techniques, measures, following directions, and proper cleanup. Plus, it’s a nice way for families to take a breath and spend some quality time together — while cooking up some great meals you’ll enjoy.