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.
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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.
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This month’s theme was “We Dinner.” We were provided with three recipes to cook up a romantic (or just really nice) dinner during the month of February.
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. Often the necessary 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. I’m not a huge fan of the gifts that are included typically but most cooks can use more spoon measurements. These silicone ones only work for easily scoopable items, though. My daughter had fun using the paper remover for the garlic but I doubt we will use this again.
This month’s activity was the best one we’ve received from KidStir! There were various questions printed on cards that you put in a bowl and answer at dinner. My daughter still won’t let me throw these away and we’ve been through the questions at least 10 times.
Also, there were instructions on how to set the table which, as you can see in the photo above, Cira really got into! She even gave herself a champagne and a sake glass which were subsequently filled with water. ☺
Recipe #1: Fancy French Chicken
We made the chicken and root vegetable dish the same night. The “fancy french chicken” was super easy and it was fun trying something new with “en papillote”.
We didn’t have a parchment envelope but it was very easy to craft one by folding the edges of parchment together.
The chicken was moist-ish and the flavor was good but I’d definitely decrease the cooking time if I did it again. It turned out pretty, though, don’t you think?
Recipe #2: Root For Me!
Next we made the “root for me” roasted vegetable recipe. This was easy and my daughter got to practice using the peeler. Plus, Cira used the garlic paper remover so she could use large garlic bulbs as “shark teeth” (while she was in her pajamas at 5pm and listening to Kids Bop – crazy kids!)
The recipe entailed peeling and cutting the vegetables then adding olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. We make veggies like this a lot but I typically don’t roast different ones together. My husband loved this dish!
Recipe #3: Chocolate Lava Love
Lastly, we made the “chocolate lava love” recipe. Again, this was super easy but the results were just okay as far as flavor. Next time, I would use amazing chocolate since it’s truly the star of the show here. For the recipe, you melt the chocolate and butter together, then add eggs, confectionary sugar, and a little flour and vanilla. Viola! Chocolate lava cake!
Verdict: February was a great month for ease of recipes and trying something new. The flavor of the recipes was pretty good too but I’d definitely do some things differently next time. KidStir does a great job at making the recipes simple enough for kids to actively participate though and my daughter likes getting her own kitchen utensils. I’ve typically change the recipes a little to bump up the flavor or 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?