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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This looked so fun! Making our own ravioli with a special kitchen tool designed just for it was an exciting idea!
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 "Shaped & Stuffed" and we talked about gluten!
This month we received a small wooden rolling pin and a ravioli maker. The orange part actually comes off of the white bottom in order to release your ravioli once it's been stuffed and formed!
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. I really love that they dive into these more complex food topics!
Experiment: Pasta Play Dough
Our experiment was to make some pasta play dough and test out some different shapes. We haven't done this yet but it sounds easy and I know my kids will love it!
Activity: Play The Pasta Name Game
Our activity was to play a game of "Name the Pasta" and they included some colorful cards to go along with it.
Who knew there were so many different types of pasta! I consider myself well-versed in pasta, but there were a few that even I didn't know. I love that they gave us the name, pronunciation, meaning, and an actual photo of the pasta. So informative and even more fun as a game!
The Recipes: Shaped & Stuffed
We received three colorful recipe cards that were incredibly easy to read and use. This month since we had a recipe for cheese ravioli, lasagna, and marinara sauce. Yum!
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!
The marinara sauce was very easy to put together. It just needed a long time on the stove to simmer. My daughter loved that there weren't actual onions in the sauce, but instead we placed some onion halves in the sauce to flavor it.
I have only attempted pasta dough once in my life and it did not turn out. Fortunately, this recipe was much more forgiving! My daughter measured her flour out, made a well in the center, added her eggs, and then began to mix them together to form the dough.
Then it was time to shape the dough. She gave up after a few minutes, and I can't say I blame her! I had to finish out the 15 minutes of dough stretching and my wrists were definitely tired afterward! It was amazing to see how smooth our dough looked. Then it was time to let our dough rest.
The last few steps were to make up a simple cheese mixture and then use our ravioli maker to make the raviolis. We rolled out one slab of dough and placed it in the bottom of the maker, then stuffed it with the cheese mixture and topped it with another slab of dough. Then we used a rolling pin to press it down to make the edges of the ravioli. The whole thing got flipped over and dumped out. Then we had to separate the raviolis which was difficult, until I got smart and grabbed a knife to slice through them!
Our ravioli with marinara was actually delicious! The pasta was a little bit dense and doughy, but not bad for our first time! It also could have used a bit more stuffing, but we really loved the flavors over all. We will definitely be trying this recipe out again!
Value - Was This Box Worth It?
The Cost: $22.95 + free shipping
This was definitely worth it! While our ravioli maker may not be perfect, it was very helpful and we learned a lot and got a fun game and a dough recipe out of it, too!
My daughter really loves this box and we have so much fun making the recipes together! I love that we learn new things and that we get to collect some new kitchen tools and skills while we're at it!
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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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