Cooking With Kids Is Much More Enjoyable Thanks to This All-in-One Subscription Box
Try out this monthly subscription service that gets you and your kiddos in the kitchen — discovering fresh recipes and learning new skills.
Time in my kitchen is typically one of two things: a rush to get food in front of my loved ones or precious moments where I can chop and stir or knead and bake while listening to the "In Nancy Myers' Kitchen" Spotify playlist. Because these are my standard operating statuses, I'm guilty of not involving my kids in the kitchen, even though they love it. (Hello, mom guilt!)
We decided to try Raddish Kids, a monthly subscription kit designed to be a cooking club, culinary lesson and mealtime solution all-in-one. Each month, they ship out a different themed box, complete with three recipes, a kitchen tool, a project, culinary skill lessons and a grocery list.
We received the Snowed Inn box, which had recipes for Alpine Pancakes, Cozy Chicken and Dumplings, and Chocolate Snowball Cookies. The included grocery list made shopping very easy, and fortunately, the recipes required basic pantry and refrigerator staples. I just needed to pick up a few items, such as the fresh fruit, veggies and poultry. Although I didn't take my kiddos with me this time, I will next time. The grocery list is a perfect teaching lesson for gathering all your necessities before cooking.
Of course, my girls, ages seven and nine, were most excited to make the cookies, so we started with those. The recipe cards are laminated (an essential feature I didn't even know I needed), illustrated, which was perfect for my youngest, and written out step-by-step. As with anything we parents do, I explained the right techniques (even if I don't always follow them myself). We read the recipe from beginning to end before starting, cracked the eggs in separate bowls, scooped and swept our flour and measured out everything exactly. My girls loved rolling the cookie dough into balls and into the sugar and powdered sugar, and without a doubt, eating them. They really were delicious.
The other two recipes were just as easy to follow and eaten up by the whole family. Each card has a culinary skill, such as the knife safety techniques on the chicken and dumplings recipe. We put the skills to work with these Curious Chef knives I've had for years. I pull them out anytime my kids want to help me with cutting and feel so much safer with them using the blunt-tipped nylon blades.
Each box also includes a kitchen tool. In this one, we received two pancake molds — one shaped like a snowflake and one like a tree. I've tried pancake molds in the past and never had any luck, so I'm not sure if it was the silicone design or the simple-to-follow techniques, but our pancakes turned out perfectly — in shape and taste.
A few other highlights were a sweet project for hot cocoa mix to make for neighbors and friends, a winter word game and Table Talk cards to start off family conversations. Online, you also have access to extra recipes, cooking videos, dietary modifications and even a monthly themed Spotify playlist. (Although, my love for Nancy Myers' Kitchen will never die.) Additionally, since a lot of us are homeschooling or learning virtually right now, they have lesson plans with book suggestions and extension activities.
The subscriptions range from $20-$24 a month, depending on whether you choose to pay monthly, every six months or annually. At a time when a lot of us are spending more time at home, this is a fun way to step away from the screens, work with our hands, teach our kids a new skill and enjoy a family meal together.