Yummy Crate is a subscription box for kids and tweens ages 6-14 created by kids subscription box company KiwiCo. Each month you'll receive three colorful recipe cards, a specialty cooking tool, hands-on projects, and a Yummy Zine with fun facts about food and some history, which adds an educational aspect to the box. With this STEAM-based approach to cooking, your child will learn basic skills and even a little cooking science in the process!
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I was definitely eager to see what recipes we would have in this "Melty & Stretchy" themed box because I love cheese and so does my daughter!
What's Inside a Yummy Crate?
Everything you need, other than the cooking tools, will arrive packed neatly inside this envelope. Inside there is a little checklist of what you can find along with a fun collectible sticker. This month's theme is "Melty & Stretchy" and it's all about cheese!
This month we received a silicone baking mat. This one is a smaller kid-sized one, but it was perfect for this month's recipes!
A helpful grown-up guide is included that lets you know all of the items you will need for the three recipes. There is a great ingredient substitution list on the back as well.
Our Yummy Zine this month was all about casein and melting cheese. There was also an activity at the back for us to test our knowledge with.
Experiment: Stretchy Cheese Science
Our experiment was to make some mini quesadillas and measure how cheesy they were. They even provided measuring tape for us.
Activity: Play Meltdown!
Our activity was to play a game of "Meltdown."
They provided a paper cheese wedge that my daughter assembled before sliding sticks through the holes and topping them with the pom poms. Then we took turns removing sticks. Each time a pom pom fell you gained a point, so the winner was whoever had the fewest points. This was fun and a great activity to play while we waited for our recipes to cook!
The Recipes: Melty & Stretchy
We received three colorful recipe cards that were incredibly easy to read and use. This month since we were exploring casein, we were making grilled cheese, tomato soup with parmesan crisps, and polenta pizzas. They all sounded like perfectly kid-friendly foods!
Here is a closer look at one of the recipes. The tools and ingredients were listed in checklist form, and every step was marked so clearly and accompanied by a helpful picture. I think the way they break it down is great for kids!
Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
Grilled cheese and tomato soup always go together so we decided to tackle two recipes at once. Fortunately, this was fairly easy! The first step in the recipe was to make our parmesan crisps. This was so simple and definitely something we will be making again and often! We just scooped little piles of cheese and baked them until they were browned.
We added our tomato soup ingredients to the pot and let those cook while we got our grilled cheeses buttered and assembled. Then we popped those in the oven while we blended up our soup so that it would be ready to serve alongside our sandwiches.
Here is our plated grilled cheese with soup and parmesan crisps.
This meal got the thumbs up! The soup was really simple to make an the flavor was pretty good, too! I like that if I keep the ingredients on hand I can easily whip this up for a quick dinner in the future.
We did also test out the polenta pizza recipe. I was able to find a roll of refrigerated polenta at the store so we sliced it, baked it, then topped it with our pizza sauce, cheese and some pepperoni and popped it back in the oven. None of us had ever had polenta prepared this way before and while we all liked it, it was hard to eat more than one of these little pizzas because the polenta seemed a bit richer than typical dough! It was fun to try something new, though!
Value - Was This Box Worth It?
The Cost: $22.95 + free shipping
Yes, I think this was a great box with simple recipes and some fun extra activities that related to the topic perfectly!
I love that this box is so well organized with simple recipes that my daughter can mostly complete on her own. It's also great that she learns about different food-related topics, gets to perform an experiment, and this month we had some fun playing a game as well. It was such a well-rounded learning experience!
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To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? It is possible you might get this crate, but it is not a guarantee. From KiwiCo:
Crates are assigned each month based on availability and your crate history - not all subscribers receive the same theme each month.
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