Thanks for joining Kids Cook Real Food through Niles Homeschool Partnership!
So, you have an amazon gift card? We have suggestions for how you can spend it to make your experience teaching the Kids Cook Real Food lessons the best it can be!
There are three lists:
- one for those who need the basic tools in order to get started with the lessons
- one for people who already have the basics and would like to get some specialized kitchen tools
- and finally, a list of extra fun things that’ll just enrich your family’s experience with the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse
Before we get to those three lists, I’d like to make sure you know about our paperback/spiral-bound curriculum and recipe books. All of the materials you’ll need to teach the course are downloadable as PDFs within the course, but if you’re the type that prefers real paper and don’t want to print/collate all the lesson plans then the in-print books might be right for you.
- A cutting board:
- A good knife (or knives):
- Curious Chef 3-Piece Nylon Knife Set (made especially for kids, recommended by many members)
- SMÅBIT knife and peeler set from IKEA designed especially for children
- 6-Inch Gourmet Chef’s Knife (our favorite! Wusthof has a 5-inch too)
- Classic 4-Inch Paring Knife One of our small-handed team members uses this in place of a chef’s knife and says it can do almost anything, from dicing veggies to cutting chicken. It’s a good fit for children’s hands, sharp and sturdy enough to make an impact, and America’s Test Kitchen #1 economical pick (after Wusthof brand).
- Kai Little Chef – only 12.5 cm long, real stainless steel, sounds like a real winner for little hands!!
- A vegetable peeler: OXO Good Grips Y Peeler, the one I use regularly
- Measuring cups & spoons:
- OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
- OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
- Pyrex Liquid Measuring Cups (helpful to have a range of them in your kitchen, also nice for pouring practice for little ones)
- CIA Masters Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
- Rectangular Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons (these will fit in your spice jars!)
- A whisk:
- Mixing bowls:
More Than Basics
- Norpro Onion Holder (to safely hold foods while slicing)
- Apple slicer (be sure your kids know to keep fingers on TOP, but until they can use a knife on their own, this little tool is great for kids!)
- Ove’ Glove (or any easy-grip, heat resistant glove, but you’ll see this one in the videos)
- MasterChef Junior has a cute line of kid-size kitchen goods!
- Tongs: 11 and 14-inch silicone/stainless steel tongs – the easiest we’ve found for turning veggies while sauteeing and not burning fingers!!!
- A spatula/turner:
- Salad spinner: OXO SoftWorks Salad Spinner (three sizes; push button operation; nonslip base)
- Colanders: OXO 5-Quart Stainless Steel Colander (for draining beans and washing produce)
- Pampered Chef Mix n Chop (useful for browning ground beef)
- Cast iron skillet: Lodge 12″ Cast Iron Skillet
- Pot: Cuisinart 5 1/2 Qt. Stainless Steel Pot (This is the pot from the videos when we cook rice – it’s nice because it’s fairly lightweight for kids but it is a little thinner and will scorch more easily than a very heavy-bottomed pot…although I’ve been known to make a mess of those, too!)
- Rolling pin: French Rolling Pin (the fav for both Leah and me for rolling dough)
- Muffin Making Supplies:
- A pastry blender/cutter
Extra Fun Things
- A cute apron:
- Learning Tower (These are a great kitchen aid that grows with your child, and is quickly and easily adjusted for multiple children in one day. If you have a handyman around, you can also DIY one as a family heirloom.)
- An immersion/hand blender:
- Food processor: Cuisinart Elite 14-Cup Food Processor
- Bread Machine: There is a HUGE range of prices here. Zojirushi is the cream of the crop and on down to your familiar kitchen brands. This is one item that is great to check for at thrift stores. People often send them off in perfect working order!
- Spiralizer – We love making “zoodles” and more at our house! Someday I’ll have to do videos, but trust me, these are kid-friendly tools. I’ve tried a few and this is the best counter-top version and this is a super low-priced cute little thing.
- Electric Pressure Cooker: Instant Pot 6-qt (this is the one in the Premium Content and VIP bonus videos and it does great for a family of 4-6 people. Many recipes fit doubled. Newer ones are coming out with a few more features and “Smart” technology, if you dig that kind of thing.
If you want more ideas for kid-friendly kitchen tools and cookbooks, or if you like to source some ingredients online, check out our full resources page here.
Have fun spending that gift card, and thanks for joining us in class!