Teach Your Kids to Cook with Raddish Kids, the Cooking Club Just for Kids

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Is Raddish Kids a match for picky eaters? I tested this monthly subscription box with my kids and was surprised at their reactions.

Preparing a meal with small children who want to “help” can intimidate even the most seasoned home chef. Cooking as a family always sounds lovely until we actually do it. Then I want to run screaming out of the kitchen with a takeout menu!

As we have spent more time together at home over the past year, I’ve softened to the idea of cooking with our three young kids. First, we mastered pizza and from there, we have even enjoyed each other’s company as we mix, sift and knead to our hearts’ delight.

When I had the chance to test a Raddish Kids box, I jumped at it. If you’ve been looking for an easier way to welcome the kids into the kitchen, or maybe just need a new science lesson for virtual learning, this box might be your best bet.

What Is Raddish Kids?

Raddish Kids is a popular cooking kit for kids. It’s a monthly subscription box that’s also a cooking club for kids ages 4 to 14. You can choose how many months you’d like to join up for, and there are discounts for longer memberships. Each kit has a seasonal theme and comes with teaching resources for subjects like math and science.

We tried the Harvest Party kit, which included recipes for apple cider doughnuts, herb-roasted chicken and sweet potato gnocchi. You can cook along with us, using these similar recipes:

What’s in the Box?

Raddish kidsCourtesy Raddish Kids

Each cooking kit includes illustrated recipes, a kitchen tool, apron patch and some extras. The Raddish website offers “Bonus Bites” with extra recipes, dietary substitutions, musical playlists, grocery games, activities and a lesson plan with math, science, geography, history and language arts.

Our Harvest Party kit included silicone doughnut cups, which were so easy to use. The illustrated recipes are brightly colored and feature small lessons and skills. For example, the apple cider doughnuts recipe featured a mini lesson about how Sir Isaac Newton discovered gravity with an apple.

Did It Keep the Kids Engaged?

I was taken aback by how thrilled my eight- and four-year-old were to jump in and cook. They both enjoyed picking out a recipe to lead and telling me which ingredients we needed. As the cooking went on, our four-year-old was ready to tap out, but my older daughter loved the process start-to-finish.

Were the Meals Easy to Make?

Coating donut in mixing bowlCourtesy Raddish Kids

The recipe instructions were clear and easy to follow. While they definitely required quite a bit of adult supervision (would you trust a third grader to roast a chicken?), the kids were able to help with age-appropriate cooking tasks the entire time.

How Was the Taste?

Finished donuts on a metal rackCourtesy Raddish Kids

All three recipes from our Harvest Party kit were delicious. I had never made gnocchi before, so that was fun to try together. Both kids seemed proud to present their creations at dinner time and happily tried every dish.

Was It Worth It?

While we had a great experience with Raddish, I don’t plan on making it a monthly expense. Each kit costs about $24 with discounts for six and 12-month subscriptions. The kits do not include any of the ingredients, so I’m not sure the cost would be worth it for the recipes and a small kitchen tool that will inevitably be lost in the junk drawer.

However, if our school switches to virtual instruction this year, I would definitely consider investing in a monthly subscription as a way to learn together and cut down on screen time. If you’re teaching at home right now, check out this month’s Raddish Kids box!

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Carrie Madormo, RN
Now a freelance health and food writer, Carrie worked as a nurse for over a decade. When she isn't hunched over her laptop with a baby in hand, you will find her cooking her grandmother’s recipes, lacing up her running shoes or sipping coffee in the bathroom to hide from her three young children.