Kidstir August 2017 Subscription Box Review

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Kidstir is a kids’ monthly cooking subscription box that aims to help your child learn age-appropriate cooking techniques while building a cookbook. You get a themed cooking kit sent to your door every month. Every box includes 3 recipes and accessories for each – 2 kid-sized tools and a special extra. If you sign up for the 12 month plan then your first box comes with a great recipe binder (shipped separately) to store all the recipes in so you can revisit your favorites.

When you sign up you can choose from 1, 3, 6, or 12 months and they will auto renew until all 12 kits have been received.

When you prepay for a 12 month subscription you will receive a recipe binder, which shipped separately. You can also choose from one of three 2-year magazine subscriptions!

Inside there were dividers for sorting each month’s recipes.

Everything in my August KidStir box – I love the bright colors! Kidstir is recommended for boys and girls between 5-10 years old, but  younger and older kids can get some use out of these items too. Younger kids will need more help, older kids may be able to do everything themselves.

The inside of the box lid had a quick guide to what I would find inside.

Time to turn my house into a Sandwich Shop!

The back of the info card has a shopping list. Let you child check items off of their list while at the grocery store and they will feel very important!

I received some sticker closures. This is helpful if you are making several sandwiches at a time so you can show which has spread, cheese, etc.

I received a Puzzle-Me-This! sandwich cutting tool, similar to one found here. I also received a Sandwich Spreader, which I couldn’t find but it is really sturdy and worked very well. I haven’t tried the puzzle maker yet.

The recipes were already punched with holes and had a lot of information on their pages. I decided to make Pack ‘n Go Pinwheels and Turkey Club Subs. Notice the single spoon on the bottom of this card – this is the easiest of the three recipes. The back side of the card listed the ingredients and tools needed, plus showed which kitchen skills would be used.

This page showed the many uses of the spreader while the flip side gave some hints on different types of “bread” to use.

The final sheet gave the instructions as well as notes for grown-ups and recipe riffs.

The two-spoon recipe was for the Turkey Club Subs, which were huge! I would suggest serving only half and wrapping the other half for another person or another day.

The three-spoon recipe was for Egg Salad Puzzlers, which will have to wait for another time. Luckily, I have my handy binder to store the recipes in until needed!

Here’s all the fixin’s for the subs. My cat is staring forlornly out the door in the background. We have been stuck inside due to a hurricane and tons of rain.

Success! The sandwiches were delicious and I served them with fresh fruit.

I wrapped up the leftovers so my husband could take them to work. I went ahead and prepped the spread ahead of time so I could simply assemble the roll-ups the next morning.

Here’s my attempt at the Pinwheels. I sliced one piece off and then thought of how silly I would look at lunch so I ended up eating it as a wrap and my co-workers all wanted to know what it was. The spread made a great substitute for the usual provolone.

KidStir is a great way to get your kids in the kitchen! I teach preschool students and every Friday we make a kid friendly snack which incorporates language as well as measuring, mixing, etc. I plan on using some of the tips, techniques, and tools, along with the recipes, with my students. I like that the box focuses not only on technique but on nutrition and is adaptable for those with food allergies. The recipes are clear and concise and I even learned a new trick or two!

Have you cooked with KidStir? Which sandwich would you place in your lunchbox?

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