It can be a struggle to get everyone involved in cooking with work, school and a flurry of extracurricular activities, especially for younger children who don’t yet have the knowledge to make their own meals. You can turn your kitchen into a culinary classroom with a subscription box that’s perfect for the whole family’s taste buds. Raddish Kids takes the guesswork out of meals, providing step-by-step instructions and graphics that are easy for children to follow. Edible education has never been so simple.
Founder Samantha Barnes left her job in 2006 as a middle school social studies teacher to teach cooking to children. When she became a mom, she loved the experience even more and saw just how much kids can learn in the kitchen: diverse cultures, mix math, simmer science, taste history and more. Yum! Raddish was created in 2014 and has since sold over 1 million boxes around the globe.
The monthly cooking club is designed for kids ages four to 14+; younger tots work alongside an adult, while older kids and teens can branch out on their own and put their own spin on recipes. And as the company says, kids who cook, eat! No more worrying about what to make for picky eaters when you’ve got simple but delicious homemade meals right at your fingertips. Each box comes with illustrated recipe guides, a collectable apron patch, conversation starter cards, one kitchen tool and a complete grocery list to guide you as you shop for your next recipe. All of the ingredients can be found at your local grocery store.
“We believe learning to cook is fun! Taking risks, learning from mistakes, following directions, fostering creativity, becoming independent: these are qualities we seek to nurture in the kitchen,” the company said in a prepared statement. “We prepare kids for all stages of a delicious life by arming them with culinary know- how: from helping their parents make dinner, to preparing after-school snacks with friends, to, in time, feeding their own families and passing along these same values.”
You’ve got a lot of choices when it comes to subscription plans: you can pay for one month, three months, six months or 12 months. The last three plans all come with a free Raddish apron upon purchase. Each kit has a theme – you can’t choose in advance, that would ruin the surprise! – that falls into one of four categories: Seasonal Spotlights, Global Cuisine, Creative Cookery (science- or imagination-based) and Holiday Celebrations. The themes are never repeated.
For those with sensitive stomachs, Raddish posts dietary substitutions online under the “Bonus Bites” page. You can find recommendations to accommodate gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free, vegan and vegetarian diets. The Bonus Bites tab also has Spotify playlists, cooking videos, parental resources, activities, and lesson plans that correspond with each month’s theme. Bon appétit!