KidStir Subscription Box Review + Coupon – January 2017
KidStir was created to help kids have a “happy and healthy food connection.” It is a monthly cooking kit with sending recipes, tools and fun food-related activities for kids to learn from and create with adult supervision. This is a 12-month subscription – meaning that, at this time, the subscription (and the Kidstir cookbook) repeats its products/themes/recipes after 12 months.
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: KidStir
The Cost: $15.95 per month plus $3.95 shipping ($19.90 per month) with price breaks for longer prepaid subscriptions.
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The Products: A monthly cooking kit including recipes, tools, activities, and more.
Ships to: U.S. only
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This month’s theme was “Soup’s On.” We were provided with three recipes to keep us warm during the chilly month of January.
Each month, KidStir includes the following:
- 3 step-by-step recipes covering all food groups
- 2 kid-sized cooking tools and themed activity materials
- A digital and printed shopping list
- 3 fun games and puzzles
- An e-newsletter packed with recipes and printables
- 3 educational foodie pages
- Bonus with a prepaid 12-month subscription – A special cookbook binder to collect all your recipes
When you open the KidStir box, there is a card printed to the top of the box so you can see right away what you’ll be doing that month. We love this idea! Also, a printed card with the shopping list was included in the box. Most of the items are staples for us so limited shopping needed to be done. Kidstir has a fabulous website too with lots of great information and downloadable items. Check it out!
Other than the recipes, these items were included in the box. We tried the grater but it wasn’t great so we reverted back to our box grater. The chopsticks are super cute and great for kids!
KidStir also included this fun puzzle booklet this month. I’ve been trying to get Cira to do word searches to improve her spelling so I was happy to see this included.
Recipe #1: Pizza Soup
First, we made the Pizza Soup, of course. Easy enough- brown the meat, add the aromatics, then liquids and let it simmer for about 45 minutes. You cook the macaroni pasta on the side and then put them all together with lots of cheese and there you have it! We all liked it but as usual, I added my own flare but using more garlic and onion than called for and homemade pasta sauce instead of canned.
Recipe #2: Oodles of Noodles
Next, we made the “oodles of noodles” recipe. This is basically a homemade ramen noodle soup. First, we sautéed lots of garlic and fresh ginger, then we added the liquids and brought them to a boil, and finally, we added the veggies and noodles. I added more garlic, ginger, and soy than called for plus a cinnamon stick and cloves. I thought the flavor was really good but Cira didn’t like this one.
Recipe #3: Cheesy Broccoli Bowls
Finally, we made the Cheesy Broccoli Bowls. Cira didn’t think she would like this at all but it ended up being her favorite soup. She even took some to school today. First, we used butter, garlic, onion and flour to make a roux (adds flavor and thickens the soup), then we added the liquids (whole milk and half and half!) and brought it to a simmer. Next, we added the broccoli and carrots and cooked them until soft. Finally, we used the immersion blender (love that thing!) to puree the soup and we added lots of yummy cheese. As you can see by the photos, we like crunchy things in our soup so I added crispy kale and Cira added kale and crackers. We all like this soup.
Verdict: January was probably the best month so far for us, in terms of liking the recipes. KidStir does a great job at making the recipes simple enough for Cira to actively participate and she likes getting her own kitchen utensils. I’ve found that I need to augment the recipes in order to make them more to the liking of my family. I also tend to decrease the amount of sugar in their recipes. As for the value of this subscription, I feel $19.90 ($15.95 plus $3.95 shipping) is fair for what you get. The graphics are good, cardstock is used for the recipe cards, the two kitchen gadgets were decent quality, and the website is great. Kidstir is a solid subscription that I think many moms and kids would appreciate.
What do you think of KidStir?